Jamaica targeting tourists from Asia in 2020

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (right) with Director of Tourism, Donovan White (left) at a recent tourism symposium held in Kingston.

Director of Tourism, Donovan White, says Jamaica will be targeting new markets for 2020.

White said that focus will be placed on the Asian market, notably India, Japan and China.

“The Indian market is huge, and we believe that our newly crowned Miss World –Toni-Ann Singh – can play a major role in this regard. We will be using all the assets at our disposal, and as I said… we have a very strong hand going into these markets,” he stated.

“We have a very strong hand going into these markets.”

— White

White said that connectivity will also be very important, noting that Jamaica has been having an excellent run with some of the major airlines in the world.

“Connectivity is truly game, set and match. If we can get our visitors from their gateway into Jamaica with the minimum of fuss, then we are well on our way,” he noted.

He further stated that Jamaica has made major inroads into the Latin American market, while consolidating gains in markets such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“Now we have an opportunity to take the same approach into Asia, where brand Jamaica is as popular as they come. In addition to India, we have been receiving some great feedback from both China and Japan and will be taking aim in that direction,” White said.

The Tourism Director further informed that focus will be placed on cruise shipping, while adding that Jamaica stands ready to welcome the world’s largest cruise ship – the Symphony of the Seas – in May.