Jamaica's New First Class Convention Center

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[Business News]

Jamaica's Montego Bay Convention Centre is on schedule for its highly-anticipated debut in January 2011. The Convention Centre, which is located in close proximity to major hotels, attractions and the Sangster International Airport, will not only enhance the destination's tourism infrastructure but fortify Jamaica's position in the thriving meetings and conventions market.

"We're excited for the long-awaited completion of the Montego Bay Convention Centre and even more thrilled with the impact this product will have on the destination's appeal to meeting planners," said John Lynch, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "The
Convention Centre will expand Jamaica's capacity to accommodate groups of all sizes and ultimately boost our standing as a meetings mecca for convention groups."

The Convention Centre will provide in excess of 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, over 20,000 square feet of banquet facility and more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space. With the addition of 700 rooms in Montego Bay this year alone, the
room stock in the Negril to Ocho Rios corridor has surpassed the 20,000 mark, providing the infrastructure necessary to host large-scale events. Jamaica is now poised to claim a piece of the estimated $280 billion worldwide conventions and exhibitions market.

Attendees at the Caribbean Marketplace 2011, taking place January 16-18, will be among the first to experience the Centre - the largest convention center of the English speaking Caribbean region - as it is set to host the premier tourism marketing event of the Caribbean region, showcasing the best of the Caribbean.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica's national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston.
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB's Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).

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