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Jamaica to see uptick in tourists with new Bond film — Bloomberg

Jamaica is likely to see an increase in tourism following the release in April 2020 of the new James Bond film, “No Time to Die”, in April, according to Bloomberg.

The next installation in the Bond series will be released in April 2020. (Photo: 007.com)

This news comes days after Caribbean Business Report carried a story that the American news giant CNN listed Jamaica among the best places to travel in 2020. CNN identified the island as inspiration to the famed James Bond author, Ian Fleming.

A cottage at the famed GoldenEye Resort where 14 of the Bond novels were written by Ian Fleming. (Photo: GoldenEye)

The latest James Bond movie was partly filmed in Port Antonio and stars Daniel Craig in what is reported to be his final appearance in the iconic role of Bond.

Bloomberg is reporting that a number of hotel properties in the island have been making changes to coincide with the release of the film.

The internationally acclaimed business magazine identified the owner of the popular Geejam Hotel, Joe Baker, who has expanded his resort property which now features an infinity pool facing the sea, a stage for live music performances and a dozen rooms described as “studio room,” each of which has been designed by a different artist.

The Half Moon Hotel will open an offshoot in March 2020. (Photo: rosehallvillas.com)

The Half Moon Hotel, a place visited by the fictional James Bond character in the film “Live and Let Die,” will open an offshoot venue in Montego Bay in March of 2020. The Eclipse at Half Moon will offer 57 rooms, hammocks set up on coconut trees outside the central restaurant and provide just the right kind of place to enjoy a favourite tropical drink

Bloomberg, through its online media outfit, Bloomberg Pursuits, is recommending that travelers visit Jamaica in the month of May to take advantage of the best combination of tropical sunshine and privacy. Other good times to travel to Jamaica cited by Bloomberg are dates late in November and in December.

Bloomberg said the best time to travel to Jamaica is May to take advantage of the sunshine.

Visitors who want to experience some island culture should schedule their travel times to include April, when the island stages soca and Bacchanal celebrations. The worst times to make a trip to Jamaica, Bloomberg said, are during the annual hurricane season, which lasts from June to early November; August through October are the months that bring the highest hurricane risk.

Jamaica has seen a steady increase in its popularity as a tourist destination, with 2019 ranking as one of its best years to date in terms of number of visitors. Between January and August of 2019, Jamaica experienced a record-breaking number of tourist arrivals which totalled 2.95 million.

The famed Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica (Photo: sandals.com)

The country is always cited among the best places to visit in the Caribbean and has been listed numerous times on the ranked list of tourist favourites by travel authorities like TripAdvisor, as well as receiving Travelers’ Choice Awards multiple times.

Other top destinations for 2020 cited by Bloomberg include Montenegro; northern Italy; the Ionian Islands; Kyrgyzstan; Budapest, Turkey; Bolivia, Mozambique, Andalusia; Cairo; Antigua; Guatemala; Zimbabwe and Hawaii.

Author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming (Photo: Sunday Post)

In compiling the list of the best places to visit in 2020 CNN noted that Fleming wrote 14 of his super spy novels in Jamaica at his GoldenEye home in St Mary. Fleming worked there each winter from 1952 until his death in 1964.

In the latest film, “No Time To Die,” Daniel Craig’s 007 returns to his creator’s real-life beach house, Goldeneye, which is about 90 minutes from Montego Bay. The CNN list was compiled by editors of the popular media house’s CNN Travel.