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Jamaica’s Tourism Boss Says Pet Restrictions Keep Luxe Travelers Away

Excerpt from Jamaica Gleaner

Jul 25, 2013 7:31 am

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People love traveling with their pets, but do they love taking them to beach communities? But we do know one thing: Jamaica could bring in more tourists if they had major roads that look like they’ve been repaired this century.

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Director of Tourism John Lynch says Jamaica would be a more attractive destination for tourists if the country had freer pet-travelling laws.

In an effort to continue the country’s rabies-free status, Jamaica has had very strict laws (dating back to 1948) governing the importation of animals into the country.

Lynch told The Gleaner that persons have requested that the laws be changed but admitted there hasn’t been a “landslide” of requests.

“The people who request that kind of activity would be more upscale,” Lynch said.

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