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Jamaica secures 4,000 new airline seats from US

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced that Jamaica has secured in excess of  4,000 new airline seats from the United States for the current Winter Tourist Season. 

He says this is due mainly to the new charter service from Rockford, Illinois by Apple Vacations which begins next month. According to Bartlett, advance bookings for the service are very strong.
   
Another gateway from which Jamaica is expecting increased air seats this winter is Minneapolis, which is being served by Delta and Sun Country Charter.
 
Direct flights to the island from Boston on Delta Airlines will commence on December 17.
This is in addition to current direct service offered by American Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
 
Concerning hotel rooms, the Tourism Minister says the outlook for 2017 is positive as more than 1,000 new rooms are expected to be created in Jamaica.
 
These include 600 rooms at the Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, 166 at the Hideaway at Royalton Negril Resort, 51 at Azul Sensatori, 98 at Azul Beach, and 120 rooms at Spanish Court West in Negril.
   
In Kingston, The Renfrew will provide 32 high-end rooms and eight two-bedroom apartments.
 
New onstruction is also underway at the former Wyndham Kingston. That 303-room property was acquired by the Kevin Hendrickson-led Courtleigh Hotel group.
 
Bartlett made the announcement while speaking at the media launch for the five Tourism Linkages Networks in Kingston on Thursday. He said the tourism sector is on the right path to achieving the Jamaican Government’s target of  attracting five million visitors in the next five years and earn US$5 billion .


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