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Russia, a new frontier for Caribbean Tourism

Russia, a new frontier for Caribbean Tourism

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has hailed the People’s Republic of Russia as a new frontier from which visitors to the Caribbean can be attracted.

Speaking at the welcome reception for the Russian Pegas Fly Airline which made its inaugural trip to Jamaica recently, Mr Bartlett said Jamaica has a great advantage as Russia happens to be the fourth largest market source for visitors to the Dominican Republic, with which Jamaica has established a multi-destination Memorandum of Understanding.  

Pegas Fly will take approximately 5,400 new tourists to Jamaica’s shores up to May 2019 with flights terminating in Jamaica every 10 days. According to Minister Bartlett, this, along with the multi-destination arrangement, will afford Jamaica access to the growing market of Russian millennial travelers whom he says, have a very high purchasing power.

Minister Bartlett was also speaking in light of the recent abolition of visitor visas for certain categories of Russians seeking to travel to the island.  The inaugural Pegas Fly trip had brought the last group of Russians who required visas to enter the Jamaica.   Under the new visa regime, the Government of Jamaica has waived visa requirements for Russian visitors travelling to Jamaica for periods of up to 90 days per year.  

“As we build out the multi-destination tourism, visa facilitation is going to become one of the central planks on which the whole policy harmonization programmes are going to evolve.  The world is moving in that direction as a matter of fact,” Minister Bartlett said.   

“All the major tourism countries of the world now are using from e-visas, using technology to facilitate easier access to visa elimination depending of course on the nature of the diplomatic arrangements that they have.  So, we will in fact in time be using a combination of those because visas still remain our methodology by which we can determine who comes to our destination,” he said.

The Minister said the waiving of the visas is in keeping with what he described as the global technology wave which provides access to biometrics, the use Internet of things and facial recognition, which have made the need for need for traditional visa regimes not as important as they once used to be. 


Source: Claudia Gardner (Reporter)


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