MONTEGO BAY — Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is close to finalizing a multi-destination marketing arrangement with Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Bartlett said that an agreement has already been signed with Cuba and he expects to ink a deal with Mexico before the end of July. Discussions are under way with the Dominican Republic.
“We have talked about this at length, but I can safely tell you that the multi-destination marketing and tourism strategy is picking up steam in the region,” Bartlett said.
“The moment this happens, it would mean that the four major tourism destinations of the Caribbean would have signed multi-destination agreements, certainly by December, which will bring a new opportunity into the region for collaboration,” he pointed out.
“We will also be looking at the critical implications in terms of harmonising key policies to enable greater access to the region and greater access to each other’s destinations,” he added.
“The whole issue of visa arrangements will also have to be examined. We also have to examine the matter of creating a single space so that pre-clearance arrangements could be looked at where, for example, if you arrive in Jamaica you would simultaneously be in domestic space in Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic,” he said.
Bartlett noted that the move will drive new arrivals, build volume and create greater opportunities for growth.
He said that the region has to look at innovations in travel including e-visas. “India, Australia and South Africa, for example, have been able to develop the platform that allows for visitors to go online and pay the requisite fees and get their printout visas to walk with,” he noted.
“We also have to look at this kind of innovation as we seek to build out visitor facilitation,” Bartlett added.
more recommended stories
AMLO says he will not ‘confront’ Catholic church over sexual abuse claims
(Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel.
Water treatment plant shut down in Cielo Alto, Southern Mérida
“After causing damage to the environment,.
“Villaventura” Parque Vivo: Interactive farm to bring children closer to nature
The importance of the direct contact.
Yucatan seeks to reduce the number of suicides with prevention program
Yucatan doubles the national rate of.
Maya train features mixed investment: 10% government and 90% private initiative
The Maya Train project will be.
Progreso Beach and the mafia behind the Palapas
In an extensive investigation conducted by.
Passenger stabbed to death inside a Merida public transport bus
What started as a fight ended.
The National Institute of Migration seeks to facilitate the integration of foreigners in Yucatan
MERIDA YUCATAN.- The National Institute of.
Yucatan´s new gastronomy
The president of the National Chamber.
Meet Merida’s new “Park Rangers”
MERIDA YUCATAN.- In order to maintain the.