Jamaica announces new tourism development zone
Jamaica has announced the creation of a new high-end tourist area stretching from Oracabessa to Port Antonio along the island’s north coast.
The new “Revere area” will feature only low-density development as Jamaica continues to expand its offerings as the “Caribbean’s premier tourist destination” for the 16th consecutive year.
“Jamaica continues to be among the world’s most sought-after destinations for international travel,” said Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. “As we work to diversify our tourism sector, we couldn’t be happier to create a region that offers a different kind of experience for an upscale traveler. This new area will be supported by additional nonstop air service flying directly to Ocho Rios, providing easier and more direct access to this beautiful area of our island.
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The Jamaica Revere area will include the northern coastal towns of Oracabessa, Port Maria, St. Ann’s Bay, Runaway Bay, Discovery Bay and of course Ocho Rios itself. Especially once the planned new highways are built, travelers entering the island through Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios will have easier access to this area as well as any part of Jamaica by Approximatly one hour. Redevelopment projects are also underway in Port Antonio to increase the area’s appeal to upscale travelers.
The creation of this area will also encourage more travelers to explore areas beyond the main tourist towns of Montego Bay and Negril, while showcasing Jamaica as the best nature destination in the Caribbean. This will mean that more tourism dollars will flow to more people and small businesses across the island. Extending the reach of tourism to other communities is part of Jamaica’s Blue Ocean strategy to better rebuild and support small and medium-sized businesses and individual entrepreneurs operating in the sector, thereby promoting sustainability, inclusiveness and resilience.