More celebs vacationing in Montego Bay - tourism interests say

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Senior advisor and strategist to Tourism Minister, Delano Seiveright states that, "Jamaica, and in particular Montego Bay, is seeing an uptick in wealthy and celebrity tourists some of whom take to their social media platforms, with millions of young fans each, to publicise their vacation giving us incredible positive publicity. For Montego Bay in particular it is very good".

Highlighting a surge in celebrity and wealthy visitors, Chief Executive Officer of MBJ Airports, operators of Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, Rafael Echavarne recently noted that, "from December 23 to December 31 a total of 60 private jets were accommodated at the Airport with December 26th recording the highest number with a total of 18 private jets accommodated, the place was absolutely full."

Just late last month, former US President Bill Clinton vacationed in Montego Bay and its environs for a weekend spending on the golf course at Tryall Club. Among the high profile party was former Governor of the US State of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Bartlett pointed to provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board showing a roughly seven per cent increase in the number of stopover tourists for the month of January compared to the same month last year. A record 4.3 million combined stopover and cruise tourists visited Jamaica in 2017.

This according to Bartlett represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016. "it is the first time that...we brought more than 500,000 additional visitors and near US$500 million more in a single calendar year." he noted.

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