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Tourism sector grows five per cent over nine months – Bartlett

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 11:27 AM
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has revealed that the sector grew by over five per cent or the first nine months of this year.

Speaking at the World Travel Market in London, yesterday,  Bartlett said the growth was recorded in both visitor arrivals and gross foreign exchange earnings.

He said the data from the Jamaica tourist board total arrivals show that both stopover and cruise arrivals increased by 5.4 per cent when compared to the same period last year.

Over the nine month period, the United States market recorded the most growth with 7.6 per cent or over 75,000 additional visitors over the corresponding period last year. 

Bartlett said he was most pleased with the growth of the Canadian market which recorded an increase of  7.2 per cent or over 17,700 additional visitors when compared to the similar period last year. 

The Canadian market had declined by 6.8 per cent last year.

Meanwhile, Bartlett said the increase in visitor arrivals has resulted in a 5.9 per cent rise in gross foreign exchange earnings.

He said Jamaica earned 1.9 billion, up from a provisional estimate of $1.8 billion for the same period last year.