Jamaica records positive summer visitor arrivals
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica has had its best summer performance ever with the country recording 1,312,494 visitor arrivals between May and August, which translates to a 4.4 increase over the same period last year.
“I am pleased to inform you that we continue to see stopover arrivals trending upwards,” said Bartlett at a press briefing this morning at his ministry.
“We had an excellent summer period from May to August with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by six percent over the same period last year; that is 884,324 visitors compared to the 834,292 in 2017,” Bartlett noted.
He further noted that for the January to August period, estimates indicate that Jamaica welcomed 2,955,007 visitors, a 4.7 increase over the same period last year.
Of that number, there were 1,714,060 stopover arrivals and 1,240,947 cruise visitors.
Bartlett asserted: “If we continue with these robust arrival figures to year end, then for the third consecutive year, the growth of Jamaica’s tourism sector would have exceeded the projected 5 percent annual growth.”