Jamaica working to minimise Canadian travel advisory

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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JAMAICA says while it is concerned about the latest travel advisory issued by Canada, it is also aware that the international community has taken note of the country's efforts to deal with the crime situation.

“I just came out of the Canadian market a week ago and we were having some negatives, primarily the market responding to the soft economy… price reductions in our competitive areas of Dominican Republic and Mexico,” Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett said.

“However, we have recovered and we are back to growth path and I am pleased to advise that we have 29, 000 new seats for the winter coming out of Canada and that there is a level of optimism…in so far as arrival up to May next year,” said Bartlett.

Bartlett, speaking in a radio interview, said that the travel advisories “were a matter of public relations” and that he had no problems with Jamaica's diplomatic friends reporting on the domestic situation.

“They do it everywhere, so I don't hold it against any of our diplomatic partners for reporting on situations as they see it,” he said.

In its advisory, Canada noted that the Jamaican Government has declared states of emergency in sections of the island and urged its nationals travelling here to exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local media, and follow the instructions of local authorities.

The Andrew Holness-led Government has declared states of emergency in Clarendon, St Catherine, St James, and St Andrew South.

The Canadian Government said that while “violent crime, including armed robbery and murder, is a problem in large cities despite the presence of police to counter criminal activity”, the availability of firearms is widespread and most violent drug and gang-related crimes, especially murder, involve firearms. There is a risk of becoming the victim of crossfire in these areas,” it added.

– CMC


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