(Jamaica Gleaner) A growing number of non-resident Jamaicans are complaining that they are being scorned while visiting the island. Denise Mitchell, 46, who arrived on the island early last week for her father’s weekend funeral said she felt scorned at every turn. “My family has a home in Manchester and the next door neighbour always keeps the house key. When I arrived to get the keys after calling ahead, the neighbour barely cracked the window open and asked me to step away from her verandah. She then quickly opened the door halfway and flung the keys so hard and so far in the front yard that I almost got knocked over”, Mitchell complained. “And with a cold howdy, she slammed the door shut in a hurry and retreated inside, murmuring something about leaving the keys in a verandah flower pot”.
A trio of key stakeholders in Jamaica are taking their own government to task, questioning leaders for backtracking on a promise to let tourists to the Caribbean country off hotel properties to visit approved attractions. In a joint letter sent Friday, August 14, John G. Byles, chairman of the COVID-19 Resilient Corridor; Omar Robinson, president of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association; and Marilyn Burrowes, president of the Association of Jamaican Attractions, all expressed disappointment in the government.