The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has applauded the removal of some travel restrictions, which it predicts, will result in increased incoming visitor travel to Jamaica.
The removal would also make travel easier for Jamaican business and leisure travellers, the organisation reasoned.
“Removal of these restrictions is a step in the right direction, especially for business travellers who can now come into the island to do business for as long as it takes, without fear of testing out of quarantine,” said President of the JHTA, Clifton Reader.
He added: “Returning residents will also be happy that they will not have to incur additional costs of PCR testing, so this will be encouraging news for them too.”
Reader was reacting to the announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday of new COVID-19 containment measures, including the removal of Jam-Covid authorisation for travel into the island and the elimination of travel-related quarantine on the island.
According to Reader, a recent JHTA poll showed that over 80 per cent of travellers to Jamaica are currently either partially or fully vaccinated.
He said that “the quarantine order has been a complicated issue due to varying interpretations including the fear by some that they would be restricted to their hotel or geographic space. Now, there will be no confusion. The removal of these obstacles to travel will definitely be an encouragement for everyone to book now. It says clearly, Jamaica is open for business”, Reader declared.