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Bartlett optimistic about frequent flights between Nigeria, Jamaica

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Approaching the heels of the current inaugural flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is optimistic that Jamaica may see a biweekly flight service established between the 2 nations.

Bartlett mentioned the Jamaica Vacationer Board (JTB) and its sister company, Jamaica Holidays (JAMVAC), will likely be enterprise a examine to find out essentially the most appropriate and complete advertising and promotional campaigns to faucet into the Nigerian tourism market, from which Jamaica and Nigeria may see exponential reciprocal trade-offs in tourism and journey, in addition to commerce and investments, amongst different areas.

Bartlett informed the Jamaica Observer that the JTB and JAMVAC now have an rising partnership between them to undertake this exploratory feat. This, he mentioned, can be achieved along side the tour firm Nigerians Journey Too, based mostly in Nigeria.

Bartlett is assured that that is an fascinating mixture that the Authorities believes might be very profitable.

“We will likely be exploring the chances of creating tourism and journey, alongside commerce and funding between each nations. I can see this rising in time. The sweetness about tourism is that it opens the doorways to numerous alternatives to incorporate commerce and funding,” Bartlett argued.

Elements of the continuing discussions between the Nigerian and Jamaican governments is the matter of reviewing visa necessities for residents wishing to journey to and from each nations.

Final week, the Nigerian privately owned constitution (757) jet, Air Peace, landed on the Sangster Worldwide Airport, offering the first-ever direct flight from the African continent to Jamaica. A Nigerian authorities delegation, led by its Minister of Overseas Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and spouse, Sulola, fashioned a part of the greater than 130 passengers and crew that arrived on the plane.

Bartlett later convened a gathering with Onyeama and members of his delegation; Overseas Affairs and Overseas Commerce Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith and Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague. The assembly basically explored the potential of establishing bilateral agreements throughout numerous spheres to incorporate commerce, manufacturing, investments, visa coverage and tourism.

Bartlett mentioned they’ve all concluded {that a} future does exist in tourism change between Nigeria and Jamaica.

“We predict that Jamaica is on the proper place in making that connection now, which is able to inure to our future in establishing a brand new market portfolio,” he acknowledged.

He argued that the flight from Nigeria is of nice significance to Jamaica.

“The connection between Africa and the Caribbean and primarily Africa and Jamaica is an important image that we have to be certain that we proceed to advertise vacation spot Jamaica. In reality, deeper than the image, is the truth of the plain hyperlink from an ethnic perspective and along with the truth that we share loads in widespread, resembling delicacies and meals sort, however notably that a lot of who we’re emanated from Africa,” mentioned the tourism minister.

He defined that with the projections that Africa is more likely to develop into the brand new tourism frontier, Bartlett mentioned development is already being skilled on the African continent, whereas development has remained stagnant in different areas, particularly because the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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