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Perhaps when you hear “Jamaica”, immediately images of enjoying the sun, sea, sand and reggae music comes to mind right?
But although Jamaica's tourism was born out of the need for a warmer climate, Jamaica offers oh so much more!
The tourism concept caught on like wild fire which forced the government to pass the Jamaica Hotel Law. This law gave the go ahead for the construction of hotels to satisfy the now high demand.
The step was a significant one as it speaks to the governments’ commitment to the development of a Jamaican Tourism Industry. Since then tourism as morphed into a mega industry where ‘your every wish’ is catered for.
Jamaica’s tourism history is a lengthy one. Here are the items of note though:
It started in the early 19th centuries when ailing persons in England and North America started traveling to Jamaica to
escape the cold winters.
The mode of transportation were banana boats. These boats were used to export banana but would accommodate persons wanting to visit the tropical isle on their return voyage.
At the time Port Antonio, the capital of Portland, was the hot spot.
Limited accommodation - as the demand at that time was more than Jamaica’s ability to supply.
And of course only the basic amenities were available. This however did not deter the eager travelers.
Limited to the rich; Can you imagine how expensive it must have been at that time?
And it was mainly only old retirees that could afford the cost of that trip.
Africans, Indians, Europeans, there is so much to tell about our history. Our motto says it
all “Out of many, one people”.
The festivals and cultural events are endless. For a complete list, just hop over to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust site (email@example.com). In the meantime here are a few heritage sites and their location;
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About The Author
A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications,
including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers,
as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies