Jamaica, a country where tourism is a major industry, foreign travelers
bring much needed income to a depressed national economy. However,
the spread of this revenue has become a sore spot for many local small
business owners. Annually, many tourist dollars are soaked up by all-inclusive
resorts at commercial epicenters such as Montego Bay, Ochos Rios, and Negril.
While these resorts do hire some local employees, many fear that money
from tourists flows right back into the hands of foreign investors rather
than into the local economies. Communities also suffer because of the likelihood
of guests choosing to stay within the limits of their hotel due to fear
of crime and violence on the island. In response to these perceived threats
to Jamaica’s prosperity, many groups are trying to organize local tourism
projects to draw visitors away from larger resort locations.
hope you come to Jamaica and "feel alright." Explore, as I did, all the
island has to offer. There's far more to Jamaica than sun, fun, and sand.
Come and see for yourself!