The government is hoping to foster greater trade and travel between Canada and Jamaica through the signing of a new Air Services Agreement.

Jamaica and Canada today signed a new agreement, replacing one inked in 2010.

It’s been negotiated in the context of open skies policy, allowing unrestricted overflight and landing rights between both countries.

The agreement was signed this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Kingston.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, signed on behalf of Jamaica.

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She says the agreement will strengthen relations between Jamaica and Canada.

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And Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Sylvain Fabi, says his country appreciates the opportunities presented by the agreement.

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In the meantime, Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says he’s expecting an increase in the number of arrivals from Canada over the winter-tourist season.

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Canada remains Jamaica’s the second largest tourist market.

However, arrivals from there have been on the decline for the last three years.

There was increased concern earlier this year when a travel advisory was issued by the Canadian Government, after one of its citizens was killed in a robbery in Negril, Westmoreland.

The incident prompted intervention from the Tourism Minister who flew to Canada to calm fears and respond to concerns.

Minister Bartlett says the trip was successful.

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He was speaking today at the signing ceremony of the new Air Service Agreement between Jamaica and Canada.

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