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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Jamaica Cares Journey Insurance coverage Part Nonetheless in Improvement

Weeks after Jamaica’s tourism minister introduced its institution, the journey insurance coverage part of the “Jamaica Cares” COVID-19 program stays “in improvement,” stated Donovan White, Jamaica Vacationer Board director.

“Our most up-to-date initiative is the announcement of Jamaica Cares. To be clear, Jamaica Cares will not be an ensuing well being logistics program. That program has not but been launched,” White stated throughout a Thursday media briefing.

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“When the insurance coverage and logistics program begins up, we anticipate will probably be obligatory,” added White. “We hope to have extra details about this shortly.”

As an alternative, White stated the total Jamaica Cares program “encompasses our whole destination-wide response to the pandemic and underlines our dedication to resilience within the face of challenges. [It] galvanizes our COVID-19 response,” stated White.

Jamaica Cares can also be about “protecting our native communities working and wholesome.” – Donovan White (photograph courtesy of the Jamaica Vacationer Board)

Jamaica Cares can also be about “protecting our native communities working and wholesome,” stated White, and offering worldwide vacationers with “a seamless and coordinated, COVID-secure journey expertise.” Jamaica has been among the many handful of Caribbean international locations to host vital guests numbers for the reason that pandemic’s outbreak.

Actually, throughout the first two weeks after its June 15 reopening, “[Jamaica] welcomed 7,000 guests, which we noticed as an encouraging signal. In the summertime months there was a spike in arrivals for July and August and over the 2 months Jamaica welcomed some 18,000 guests,” stated White.

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Whereas these numbers are far in need of historic norms (Jamaica hosted 4.23 million land-based and cruise ship guests in 2019), White stated arrivals continued to extend from October via December when the nation hosted “our highest customer arrivals since 2020 with over 90,000 guests,” stated White.

“January stays encouraging with 43,800 guests and simply over 50,000 guests” in February, he stated. “Whereas our arrival figures are constructive, we’ve to take care of a stability between proactive [tourism] gross sales and advertising whereas additionally mitigating the unfold of the coronavirus.”

To that finish the nation has continued to watch and replace its COVID-19 protocols, procedures and sources, White stated.

“We’ve considerably expanded [COVID-19] testing capability to deliver the island into readiness with testing necessities for worldwide vacationers,” stated White. Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Well being and Wellness have established cellular testing services inside Jamaica’s Resilient Corridors, White stated, and “greater than 40 inns and resorts are offering COVID-19 testing on-property for his or her company.”

Though Jamaica lately reported a neighborhood COVID-19 an infection spike, the nation this week launched a mass vaccination program. Moreover, the an infection price improve has had minimal affect on vacationers throughout the Resilient Corridors, stated White.

“We actually have had a couple of circumstances which have developed amongst [tourists] who’ve been examined whereas right here and returned constructive outcomes,” he stated. “All of our hoteliers have made provisions for quarantining rooms on their properties. [Moreover] the Resilient Corridors have allowed us to make sure we will monitor and keep the actions of tourists to the nation throughout the hall, the place they go and once they go. And if there are circumstances, we will observe and hint.”

White added, “Individuals who come to Jamaica [now] have the reassurance that there’s an aggressive vaccination program occurring in Jamaica, which hopefully provides to their private safety, realizing they’re going to a vacation spot that has taken COVID-19 severely and is on the forefront of driving coverage that protects lives and livelihoods.”

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