Organization: Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition
Product: Publication
Year: 1967

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Jamaica For Your Finest Holiday

“Above all, Jamaica has provided a wonderful annual escape from the cold and grime of winters into blazing sunshine, natural beauty and the most healthy life I could wish to live.”

So wrote lan Fleming, whose famous James Bond books were all written at his Jamaican home at Goldeneye.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Jamaica to enjoy her lovely beaches and wonderful climate. The four major resort areas of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and Kingston, offer a wide variety of accommodations and interests. There are 123 hotels and guest houses and 141 cottages ranging from the luxurious to the eminently practical.

But there is a whole new world for visitors to discover behind the beaches. The island’s more than 5,000 miles of roadway wind up and over high mountains, past great fields of sugar cane, bananas, coffee and coconuts. They pass through charming little mountain villages and towns, and across magnificent mountain vistas. A modern diesel railway serves the island and an internal airline links the four major resorts.

Getting to Jamaica is easy. Ten major airlines, including Air Jamaica, Pan American, BOAC, Air Canada. Lufthansa, Delta and KLM operate over 100 flights a week into Jamaica’s two international jet airports at Montego Bay and Kingston.

The People, The Country

Jamaica is a nation entirely surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. The third-largest island in the Caribbean, it is approximately 150 miles long and 50 miles wide – a lush, fertile land with abundant rainfall and mountains that soar to 7,402 feet.

Discovered by Columbus in 1494, settled by the Spanish and won by the British in 1655, its people came from Africa, China, India, Great Britain and Europe. Today, 475 years after Columbus, all are Jamaican in a fully integrated society that proudly claims the national motto “Out of Many, One People.”

Jamaica is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations and of the United Nations. Its political history is one of stability and orderly progress towards attainment of independence which came in 1962. From the 1938 labor strife in Kingston emerged the two most prominent political figures responsible for Jamaica’s attainment of self-government Sir Alexander Bustamante and Norman Manley, Q.C.

To Montreal’s great Universal and International Exhibition of 1967 portraying “Man and His World,” Jamaica contributes its theme of “Tradition Inspiring Tomorrow.” The Jamaica Pavilion, a handsome replica of a Jamaican Country Shop at the turn of the century, offers old-world courtesy and the hospitality of a warm and gracious people to its visitors.

Vital Jamaica

Today The Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation has in recent years put into operation over 150 new industries.

Jamaica offers excellent opportunity for overseas investors, including tax exemptions up to 15 years for new industry. The JIDC helps select plant sites and offers consultation on factory construction. It locates markets, conducts market surveys, determines tariff and shipping costs and advises on labor and training.

A multi-million dollar cement plant now serves Jamaica, and exports to the Caribbean. A steel mill has also been established. A huge refinery processes oil into a number of petroleum products, from crude oil shipped from South America. Jamaica’s major mineral resource is bauxite, and four of the world’s leading aluminum companies – Alcan, Alcoa, Kaiser, Reynolds are active in the island. Alcan is the only company currently producing alumina, but three more are planning alumina plants. Jamaican rums are world famous. So is Jamaica’s Blue Mountain Coffee.

Jamaica now manufactures many of its own basic needs in building materials, processed food, clothing and sundries. In 1966, some 29 new manufacturing plants went into operation under Jamaica’s industrial incentives laws. Employment increased by 13 per cent, payrolls by 28 per cent. National income has gone up 45.5 per cent since 1959.


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