S.E. Shop in Contention for Jamaica Tourism

NEW YORK Five finalists await a decision this week from the Jamaica Tourist Board on its estimated $10 million advertising account after making final presentations last week, sources said.

The contenders are Interpublic Group’s McCann-Erickson in Los Angeles and Foote Cone & Belding in New York, the 14-year incumbent; M&C Saatchi in London; MMG’s Kansas City, Mo., and New York offices; and Havas’ McKinney + Silver in Raleigh, N.C., according to sources.

Travel in the Caribbean, which also includes Barbados, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, declined 6 percent in 2002, according to the Caribbean Tourist Organization.

Paul Pennycook, Jamaica’s director of tourism, was unavailable for comment.

The Jamaica Tourist Board spent nearly $10 million on ads in 2002 and nearly $5 million in the first half of 2003, according to TNS Media Intelligence/CMR.