Monday,  September 26, 2022  12:36 pm

Jamaica tourism on the grow in 2018

Jamaica tourism on the grow in 2018

Jamaica’s tourist arrivals are growing again, with the destination seeing an overall market growth of 5.4 per cent for the first six months of the year.

Within the overall tourism increase, stopover tourist arrivals increased by 5.9 per cent and cruise grew by 4.8 per cent over the same period last year, growing by 1.25 million and 1 million arrivals respectively, a year-over-year increase of more than 100,000 visitors.

Stopover arrivals accounted for US$1.459 billion in earnings and cruise accounted for US$100.6 million, totaling US$1.556 billion, which represents an increase of 7.3 per cent.

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No impact from security measures

During a recent press conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett acknowledged the enhanced security measures in St. James parish earlier this year, stating that “the strong on-the-ground marketing engagements which brought us face to face with key stakeholders here and around the world, have helped to not only stave off any fall-out from these measures but also increased growth in arrivals to our shores.”

Minister Bartlett reiterated that “while the implementation of enhanced security measures did stir a whirlwind of concerns locally and internationally, several overseas partners welcomed the initiative as a necessary step and continue to support our nation’s security apparatus in their efforts to make Jamaica a safe place for all.”