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Jamaica: Hotels Occupancy Levels On The Rise – Bartlett

An increase in occupancy at some of Jamaica’s hotels, which is being driven by a combination of ‘staycationers’ and international guests, is fuelling optimism for a robust 2020 winter tourism season, according to Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett.

“Some of our hotel properties have reported that they are reaching up to 60 per cent occupancy through a combination of international and local guests, with numbers reaching nearly 90 per cent around holiday weekends,” Bartlett said during a Destination Jamaica update at the virtual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) on Monday.

He said that in spite of the battering the industry has undergone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several hotels are undergoing expansions and upgrading to accommodate more private luxury experiences.

Chief among them, Bartlett said, is Eclipse at Half Moon, a major new luxury property at the Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, “that provides the luxury of space, privacy and peace of mind with meticulous health and safety protocols”.

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