According to Senior Advisor and Strategist, Delano Seiveright, just under 3,000 Russian tourists visited Jamaica between January and the end of June compared to roughly 630 for the same period in 2018.
“Much of this is attributable to new, regular nonstop flights between Moscow, Russia and Montego Bay by PegasTouristik/Nordwind, which commenced service on October 26 last year,” Seiveright noted.
Moreover, he stated that the country has taken a more strategic approach by targeting the Eastern European market.
“There was a time when our marketing was restricted to just the United Kingdom (U.K.) and a few other countries in Western Europe. The Eastern bloc was basically ignored and appeared impossible and off-limits,” he said.
He further stated that in September of 2018, the governments of Jamaica and Russia signed a reciprocal agreement to waive the visa requirement for travel to their respective countries, spending up to 90 days per year for tourism, cultural exchange, or business purposes.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, signed the agreement on the margins of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“This was a major step in the right direction,” Mr. Seiveright noted.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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