Jamaica on the verge of a record year in tourism

first_imgJamaica is on track to have a record year in tourism as the island continues to register growth of over five percent for both tourism earnings and visitor arrivals.From January to October 2016, Jamaica recorded earnings of $2.06 billion, which represents an increase of 5.7% over the amount earned for the same period in 2015.The island also registered an increase of 5.1% in visitor arrivals over the same period in 2015, with 3,100,235 total visitors.“The latest figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board are truly proof of the strength of Jamaica’s tourism product. We have consistently recorded growth throughout the year, though over 8,000 potential visitors cancelled their trips due to the passage of Hurricane Matthew in October,” said Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism. During the first 10 months of 2016, stopover arrivals also increased by 2.3% over the same period in 2015, with 1,786,394 visitors, while cruise arrivals increased by 9.1% over the same period, totalling 1,313,841 cruise passengers.“Our arrival figures and tourism earnings, from January and October of this year, are very positive and an indicator of the considerable impact tourism is having on the growth agenda. Our tourism earnings continue to outpace our arrivals, which is quite significant. It is clear, that we remain on track to have a record year in tourism,” added Bartlett.last_img