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Bartlett lauds success of winter tourist season

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (left), converses with participants in the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Volunteer Training Programme during an awards ceremony at the University of Technology in St Andrew on April 16, 2019 - Contributed photo.

The 2018/19 Winter Tourist Season has emerged as Jamaica’s most successful based on earnings and visitor arrivals, Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, has said.

Bartlett notes that over the last three months of the season, which commenced on December 15, the industry welcomed nearly 800,000 stopover visitors while generating more than $1 billion in earnings.

He added that 121,000 persons who are directly employed in the sector and another 375 who work indirectly, benefited from this out-turn.

“Our growth has been phenomenal. This is the greatest and most productive tourism winter season that Jamaica has ever seen in its history,” the tourism minister said.

He was addressing the gathering at an awards ceremony for the first cohort of graduates under the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Volunteer Training Programme at the University of Technology in St Andrew on April 16.

Bartlett said the boom in visitor arrivals to Jamaica has spurred investment interests while advising of the impending commencement of several projects to construct thousands of additional hotel rooms islandwide.

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