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10,000 Russian tourists visit Jamaica

Thursday, December 12, 2013 | 12:43 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just over 10,000 Russian tourists visited the island during an eight-month period with the establishment of direct flights from the European country to Jamaica this year.

Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill, speaking at the Jamaica Observer Press Club Thursday, said that the number of Russian visitors represented a 644 per cent increase over the same period in the previous year. Direct flights from Russia started in January 2013.

Meanwhile, McNeill upbeat about the prospects in the sector, said that British Airways will be adding a fourth flight into Kingston in May 2014, while European travel-group Touristik Union international (TUI) will bring in additional flights during the summer.

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