Stopover arrivals up 10.2%
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has disclosed that 2019 is shaping up to become another record-breaking year for stopover arrivals.
Preliminary figures for airport arrivals for the seven-week period from January 1 to February 17, show the number of visitors at 320,602, which is an increase of 31,172 or 10.2 per cent over the corresponding period last year.
The bulk of the visitors, at 275,902, came through the Sangster International Airport in St James with Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston welcoming 44,000 persons.
Bartlett”s remarks came in a speech delivered on his behalf by Regional Manager of the Jamaica Tourist Board Odette Dyer at the Hyatt Hotels’ Eminence Staff Awards at the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall Resorts in St James on Tuesday.
Bartlett said that the growth in arrivals since the start of the year, along with the record-breaking figures of over 4.3 million for 2018, puts the sector in good position to exceed the Government’s ‘5x5x5 growth agenda’.
The initiative aims to, by 2021, attract five million tourists, generate US$5 billion in earnings, increase total direct jobs to 125,000, and add 15,000 hotel rooms.
A total of 14 employees from various departments were honoured at the Hyatt Hotels’ Eminence Staff Awards, which was held under the theme ‘Innovate, Integrate, Motivate’.