Jamaica Earns Top Honours At World Travel Awards

Jamaica continued its ‘remarkable winning streak,’ receiving three awards at the Gala Ceremony of the 29th Annual World Travel Awards Caribbean & The Americas held at Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica, last week.

The island was named the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board 2022 for the 14th year in a row, the Caribbean’s Leading Destination 2022 for the 16th year in a row, and the Caribbean’s Leading Nature Destination 2022.

Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett said: “This was a very powerful night for us because even though Jamaica has traditionally led in the field of awards, the feeling of satisfaction is stronger this year because we all struggled and fought to recover from this pandemic. For Jamaica to have emerged as the leading destination is a strong statement that our team worked assiduously to make this happen.”

Minister Bartlett added, “Our beautiful destination has been a leader in the recovery of the global tourism industry due in large part to our destination assurance program that allowed us to confidently welcome visitors back to our shores. On behalf of everyone at the Jamaica Tourist Board and all our partners, I extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all the travel professionals and consumers who voted and contributed to our success.”

Donovan White, Director, Jamaica Tourist Board, added: “Earning the highest marks for a tourist board and destination is a great honour for us. It is a testament to the work of the Jamaica Tourist Board staff and all of our stakeholders, from the largest of hotel chains to our individual tour operators and craft-persons, to be recognized like this and we are grateful.”

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Seen accepting the awards, from l to r, are MC for the evening, Dr. Terri Karelle Reid; Donovan White, director of the JTB; Jennifer Griffith, permanent secretary of Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism; and Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett.