Jamaica is to host The Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event next year.

The 37th Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on January 29-31, 2019.

Confirmation came from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association as a state of emergency in the Montego Bay region was extended until May 2 following an outbreak of violence and shootings.

The Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be held in collaboration with the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

It follows this year’s event in Puerto Rico which organisers’ said “exceeded  expectations” by showcasing the resilience of the people of the island and other parts of the Caribbean which are rebounding from the impact of two devastating hurricanes last autumn.

CHTA director general and chief executive Director General of Frank Comito said: “Jamaica is synonymous with exceptional hospitality, world renowned culture and incredible beauty.

“We look forward to continuing to offer our participants a high quality programme to engage with industry peers and promote travel to our region.”

Jamaica tourism minister Edmund Bartlett added: “I am very pleased to announce that Jamaica will once again play host to an important tourism event.

“It is an incredible achievement for our country and I am certain we will reap significant benefits.”