Jamaica’s thrust into the Latin American tourism market is soon to get a boost with Panama’s Copa Airlines to begin airlift from 58 locations in Central and South America to Jamaica starting December 11.
“Copa will bring 12,000 seats to Jamaica from 58 cities across the region. This will create an important addition to the current seating capacity that we have across the world.”
The tourism minister, who was speaking during a press conference hosted by the Jamaica Tourist Board at the Iberostar Resort on JAPEX and Copa Airlines Sunday, indicated that the 12,000 seats is a welcome inclusion to the just over one million seats the industry has secured for the winter tourist season.
“We have just over a million seats for the winter globally. It has been a challenge, but we have, through the instrumentality of the director of tourism, Jamaica Vacations, and other stakeholders, secured a reasonable number of seats for this winter, which we believe will enable the industry to achieve growth.”
Bartlett also indicated that over the next few days, the Government would be seeking to relax the visa requirements for persons wishing to travel from Panama and Colombia to Jamaica, which will further open up the Latin American market.
He said the Ministry of Tourism was documenting the impact of the tourism industry on the wider Jamaican economy and indicated that the report should be ready in another few months.
“We will use the report to see how building tourism helps to build the country, and how best to continue to build the sector.”