Friday 16 November, 2018

Jamaica wins top global tourism awards

Members of the Jamaica Tourist Board team in Canada led by Philip Rose, Regional Director (centre) pose with the “Best Caribbean Destination” award at Baxter Travel Media’s annual Agents’ Choice Awards Gala in Toronto. Others pictured left to right: Dan Hamilton, Emma Madsen, Louise Paquette, Judy Nash, Jacqueline Marshall and Raquel Queensborough.

Members of the Jamaica Tourist Board team in Canada led by Philip Rose, Regional Director (centre) pose with the “Best Caribbean Destination” award at Baxter Travel Media’s annual Agents’ Choice Awards Gala in Toronto. Others pictured left to right: Dan Hamilton, Emma Madsen, Louise Paquette, Judy Nash, Jacqueline Marshall and Raquel Queensborough.

Destination Jamaica continues to excel on the world stage and is the winner of three top awards in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Jamaica copped the Best Caribbean Destination title, as voted by Canadian travel agents at Baxter Travel Media’s annual Agents’ Choice Awards Gala, and the World of Cruising Wave Award for Favourite Destination, while the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) won the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Award for International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support.

Jamaica’s Director of Tourism Donovan White welcomes the latest accolades noting that the destination has much to offer travellers, which is a reason that visitors keep coming back year after year.

“Jamaica continues to be a top travel destination for many reasons. Our people are our greatest asset and continue to be a huge draw for those visiting. Not to mention that the destination offers exceptionally delicious cuisine and a diverse range of activities and accommodations that appeal to every type of traveler,” said White. “Combined with its rich cultural heritage, fantastic climate and unparalleled hospitality, Jamaica is truly a gem in the Caribbean.”

At the Agents’ Choice Awards Gala, organized by Baxter Travel Media, publisher of “Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier”, two of the top travel trade publications in Canada, Jamaica dominated the “Best Caribbean Destination” category, garnering almost twice the number of votes of the runner up.

More than 5,500 agents voted in 43 categories.

JTB’s Business Development Officer Dian Holland accepts the 2018 WAVE Awards from Bruce Shulman, Senior Vice President/Group Publisher, Retail Group - TravelAge West

In the United States, the Jamaica Tourist Board continued its winning tradition and celebrated its most recent accolade, the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Award in the category of “International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support”. The award was presented at the TravelAge West WAVE Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence Awards at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, California.  Other tourism board nominees in the category included: Tourism Ireland, Mexico Tourism Board, and Visit Britain. 

In the UK, Jamaica walked away with the prestigious World of Cruising Wave Award for Favourite Destination beating out finalists Greece and Singapore to win the award. The Wave Awards celebrate excellence in the cruise industry both from a consumer and trade perspective and the winners were presented with their award at a gala held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden. In the public vote section, more than 64,000 thousand votes were cast by the public to determine the UK’s favourite cruise lines, favourite destination and favourite cruise agent.