The formal initiative started back in April of 2008 with Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett met with China National Tourism Administration’s Chairman Shao Qiwei to discuss tourism between the two nations.
During the trip, Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett also met with Mr. Li Jianping, Vice President of the China People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries , forging a new level of commitment to China/Jamaica tourism. This was prior to successful Olympics Jamaica had in Beijing.
It is clear that the traditional markets of Europe and North America will be stagnant at best in the near future, and the Chinese market represent an area for replacement and growth.
The Chinese clearly are making significant presence in the Caribbean, and Latin America to add to their large presence in Africa.
His Excellency Xi Jinping arrives for a four day visit.
During his visit, the Chinese Vice President is expected to sign a number of agreements with the Jamaican Government covering agriculture, finance, education and infrastructural development.The first down payment was the signing of a $100M line of credit.
What would you say to a prospective tourist from China to bypass Hawaii and come to Jamaica?