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CARICOM’s Reluctance To Embrace Travelling Jamaicans Unfortunate – Bartlett

RJR News / Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, has described as unfortunate the unwillingness of CARICOM territories to embrace the travel rights of Jamaicans.  In an interview with OBSERVER media in Antigua, Mr. Bartlett said despite treaties governing the free movement of people and trade throughout the region, Jamaicans are still complaining of unfair treatment at ports of entry in participating countries.    Jamaicans visiting Antigua and Barbuda and other CARICOM countries have complained about having to undergo additional security checks and interrogation that are not normally applied to other travellers.      They also complain of poor treatment from immigration and customs officials.      Mr. Bartlett said it is time for countries to embrace multi-destination tourism because it is a key component that will facilitate all visitors, and allow them seamless access to destinations.         He pointed out that the world’s strongest economies are of countries that embrace visitors and CARICOM member states should operate as one, and encourage inter-regional travel.

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