How Jamaica's Tourism Industry Weathered the Strongest Hurricane in Recent Memory

How Jamaica's Tourism Industry Weathered the Strongest Hurricane in Recent Memory

After impacting Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Hurricane Beryl, nearing Category 5 strength, made landfall in Jamaica on July 3rd. Despite the severity of the storm, Jamaica's tourism infrastructure remained resilient, with hotels and resorts well-prepared to ensure the safety of both staff and guests throughout the event.

Jamaica's airports and cruise ports swiftly announced reopening plans: Sangster International Airport (SIA) in Montego Bay reopened on July 4th at 6 p.m. ET, while Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston resumed operations on July 5th at 5 a.m. ET. Ian Fleming International Airport (IFIA) in Ocho Rios is currently open, and cruise ports in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Falmouth are also operational. Travelers are advised to stay updated by contacting their travel advisor and airline provider before heading to the airports.

"We are open for business, and the resilience of the Jamaican people is evident," affirmed Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism. "Our tourism industry is fully operational, and we welcome visitors back with open arms."

Donovan White, Director of Tourism for the Jamaica Tourist Board, echoed this sentiment, urging global tourism partners to spread the message that Jamaica is ready to welcome guests once again.

Despite the challenges posed by Hurricane Beryl, many areas of Jamaica are unaffected and fully open to tourists. Your bookings to these destinations play a vital role in supporting the local economy and communities that rely on tourism.