Jamaica’s room inventory could grow by 4,800 or more by the end of 2023 in what tourism minister Edmund Bartlett called “a huge vote of confidence” for the island destination.

“The future of tourism in Jamaica is very bright, and our goal to dramatically increase the number of hotel rooms in the destination is still on track, despite the challenges we’ve been facing,” Bartlett said at the recent Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association virtual Marketplace event.

Edmund Bartlett

Edmund Bartlett

Upcoming additions to room stock for Jamaica include Oceans by H10 and Excellence Oyster Bay, both in Trelawny; ROK Hotel, the Wyndham and Terra Nova mixed-use development, all in Kingston; Sandals Negril and Princess Hotels, both in Negril; Sandals Whitehouse in St. Elizabeth; Sandals Royal Caribbean and Hotel Grand-A-View, both in Montego Bay; and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in St. James.

In addition, the Harmonisation Group will continue work on the Harmony Cove tourism project in Trelawny through the 2022 fiscal year.

The project is expected to cost $7.5 billion and will include several luxury hotels, golf courses, a spa, marina facilities, commercial developments, private residences and other elements.

Donovan White, director of tourism, pointed out that “continued additions to our tourist infrastructure leave us well positioned to handle the huge influx of travelers that we are expecting with the loosening of travel restrictions.”

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