Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach and Villa Resort timeshareJamaica is hot.

With a 5 percent increase in visitor numbers in 2010, and a larger growth percentage expected this year, Jamaica is proving that even a challenging economy doesn’t stop a hot vacation destination.

This fall, the World Travel Awards will honor Jamaica, nominated as a great travel destination, in a VIP ceremony with the awards event, scheduled for—where else—Jamaica! The ceremony will take place at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Graham E. Cooke, president and founder, World Travel Awards, said this of Jamaica, “Jamaica has proven one of the tourism stars of the global downturn because of its boundless appetite for reinvention – a spirit exemplified by our event host, Sandals Resorts. We are honored that our ceremony forms part of this iconic brand’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The Caribbean is also capitalizing on the tremendous opportunities afforded by BRIC [Brazil, Russia, India, and China] nations, especially with traditional source markets stuttering.”

As popular as Jamaica has proven to be among travelers, it is, however, facing serious competition in the category of “Caribbean’s Leading Destination.” Aruba, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Lucia, and Turks & Caicos are among the other competitors for the top honors.

Jamaica Timeshare Vacations

Jamaica is leading the way as the Caribbean rebounds from the challenges of the global economy. Beautiful Jamaica timeshare resorts are certainly among the reasons it remains such an attractive vacation destination.

Jamaica timeshares offer so much more than white sand and turquoise water, with plenty of water sports, sport fishing, parasailing and of course, the rhythm of rock and reggae bands under the stars each night. From historic sugar plantations to horseback riding, to spelunking or rappelling in the Blue Mountain caves of northeastern Jamaica, there’s plenty to keep travelers happy when they vacation in Jamaica; after all, it’s Jamaica Mon!

More about the World Travel Awards: The prestigious World Travel Awards events are held around the world. This year’s competitions include events in Dubai, UAE; Antalya, Turkey; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; and Bangkok, Thailand, all building up to the Grand Final to be held in Doha, Qatar, in November. Event partners include Sandals Resorts and WeClickMedia, National Geographic Traveler, eTurboNews, Focus on Travel News, Breaking Travel News, JaxFax and Travel Daily News.