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MARCH 25, 2023

Donnie Dawson

“I am so proud of all Jamaica has accomplished throughout the years, having grown from having only charter flights and no all-inclusives to become one of the top tourism destinations globally. It’s amazing to me and, while I have made the decision to enter retirement and instead work on my golf game, I want to thank the Jamaica Tourist Board and Ministry of Tourism for all the wonderful opportunities … they have afforded me. I have sincerely cherished it and am grateful for a lifetime of fond memories.” – Donnie Dawson, Deputy Director, Jamaica Tourist Board

“Despite the challenges experienced by the airline sector, these recent additions are testimony to American (Airlines)’s confidence in the destination. The road ahead is one that is paved with opportunities. We must continue to work together. Our success as a destination is within our reach. Let us continue to press forward, each individual doing his or her part to rebuild a stronger nation.” – Marsha Henderson, Minister of Tourism, St. Kitts and Nevis

“JetBlue has always been a committed partner and we expect a surge in bookings, as this (additional) service (from New York) allows the destination and our stakeholders the opportunity to welcome even more visitors for Spicemas and showcase how Grenada honors its culture and why we’re truly the spice isle of the Caribbean.” – Lennox Andrews, Minister of Tourism, Grenada

“The Caribbean has seen a much stronger and quicker recovery compared to other areas of the globe post pandemic … The ABTA (Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority) will … be working closely with our major hotel partners to have them use their leverage and influence with the airlines in a joint effort to increase our airlift.” – Colin James, CEO, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

“We are thrilled to announce this new development and to safely welcome visitors back to our beautiful island destination. Our top priority has always been the health and well-being of our residents and travelers, and we are confident that we can continue to maintain a safe environment without these restrictions.” – Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, Turks and Caicos Islands *(Effective April 1, 2023, Turks and Caicos will no longer mandate travelers to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before arriving in the destination.)

“St. Maarten has been a longtime partner of FCCA (Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association) and the cruise industry, from putting their faith in us after the tragic Hurricanes Irma and Maria, to helping the industry rebound from COVID-19 by hosting laid-up ships and working with us to return cruising – all the while being a top partner of FCCA. We are honored by St. Maarten’s continued belief in us and our ability to help the destination and its citizens benefit from cruise tourism.” – Michele Paige, CEO, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

“The competitiveness of a small economy has nothing to do with price and everything to do with quality, service and productivity. The target markets to which the small economy sells are so large compared to what these economies produce that it is of no consequence to them whether those markets grow or shrink.” – Dr. DeLisle Worrell, Economist

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