Most islands were affected by a downturn in arrivals in 2008, and preliminary tourism numbers coming in for this year show a further decline in travelers. There were bright spots in the region, such as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, which saw visitor increases in spite of the economic slowdown. However, even those relatively healthy tourism economies were affected in the meetings and incentives market. Marcia Bullock, Jamaica Tourist Board's regional director, groups and conventions, ...

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