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Tourism sector continuing to achieve steady growth - McNeill

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 9:23 AM

Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill says Jamaica's tourism sector continues to achieve steady growth with the island seeing a 3.6 per cent increase in stopover arrivals in 2014.

Dr McNeil told a Jamaica House press conference yesterday that between January and December last year there were more than 2,080,000 stopover arrivals.

He said this translated to about 71,000 more visitors to the island.

The tourism minister noted that there was growth in visitor arrivals from all main markets.

Dr McNeill pointed out that earnings from tourism have also increased.

With regards to cruise ship arrival, the tourism minister disclosed that in 2014 more than 1.4 million visitors came to Jamaica.

He said the figure represents an increase of 12.5 per cent when compared to figures from 2013.

Dr McNeill noted that all cruise ship ports registered increases in arrivals.

Meanwhile, he Dr McNeill said preliminary figures for January 2015 are also looking good.