CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2010: Jamaica`s tourism could take a hit following advisories placed on the country by the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
The advisories came as thugs in Tivoli Gardens and other West Kingston neighborhood blockaded the areas entrances as the Bruce Golding administration finally signed an extradition order for accused Shower Posse leader, Christopher `Dudus` Coke.
Jamaica police are facing a tough time trying to now issue an arrest warrant for Coke, who is known as the `President` in this area and who seemingly enjoys Robin Hood status with some residents vowing to die for him. On Sunday, thugs shot at several police stations in Kingston forcing the government to declare a state of emergency.
The Canadian government last night advised its nationals against non-essential travel to downtown areas of Kingston due to the possibility of civil unrest.
`There is a possibility of isolated disturbances, riots, and violence due to ongoing political tensions, and a limited state of emergency was declared in Kingston and St. Andrew on May 23, 2010,` stated the updated alert last night. `The security situation could deteriorate with little or no notice, and the potential for civil unrest and violent clashes remains. Canadians currently in Kingston should avoid travelling to affected inner-city areas, exercise extreme caution, follow the advice of local authorities, and closely monitor local news reports.`
The U.S.` alert also remains in place as the Department of State advised U.S citizens to `consider the risks associated with travel to and within the greater Kingston metropolitan area.`
The U.S. travel alert is set to expire on June 21, 2010 and comes as the country`s tourism ministry continues to spend tens of thousands of dollars to market in the U.S.
The UK government is advising its nationals to take extra care if they are in the Kingston area, avoid the West Kingston area in particular and monitor local media for further updates.
`Due to on-going political developments there is an increased risk of civil disorder and street violence in Kingston and possibly other urban areas in Jamaica. UK citizens are urged to take extra care when travelling away from their homes or hotels,` stated an updated report on Jamaica last night.