He’s optimistic that this will enable the country to achieve and surpass growth targets.
Dr. McNeil says based on the tourism sector’s performance in May and June the summer should be a strong one.
In his contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday the Tourism Minister said the industry is already seeing an increase of more than 12,000 seats from the US for the winter, with further charters still to be finalised.
Delta Airlines will be introducing daily service from John F. Kennedy International to Montego Bay as of December 15 which should alleviate the shortage of seats from New York.
As it relates to the European market, Dr. McNeil said an additional 17,000 seats are expected from the United Kingdom.
This is as a result of Virgin Atlantic’s introduction of a third weekly flight into Montego Bay from Gatwick, while an additional charter lift is being negotiated from Germany, France and Russia.
He informed that Canada is showing a decline in seats for the upcoming winter season because of a major restructuring of its travel industry.
However, discussions are being held with traditional operators to increase the lift to Jamaica for the next winter.
Wed. Jul.04,2012 7:07am