We returned from CTI on June 15th. I can honestly say that we never heard a word anywhere about anything while we were at CTI (June 5 - 15). We were the only couople on the good-bye bus back to MBJ, so we talked extensively with the driver about many subjects. I finally asked him what was up with all the mess in Kingston and he told us that it is being blown way out of proportion. he explained that the new government in Jamaica has decided to crack down on crime and this guy is their first main target. Many of the people in this gangsters neighborhood are trying to protect him because he is a Robinhood type that gives a lot of his drug money back to his community. Our driver, who is originally from Kingston told us that he could not believe it had received so much press coverage when it was truly not that big of a story......until the media started blowing it out of proportion and then it snowballed.
Please understand that I am not saying that it is impossible that something might happen to a tourist, all I am saying is that I believe it is extremely unlikely. I base that solely on the conversation I had and the feeling I got when I was there last week.
Peace, Love, and Respect
CN 2002, COR 2007, CTI 2009, 2010, 2011
CTI June 4-15, 2012