Ar­rival fig­ures show Ja­maica’s tourism strength

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

JA­MAICA RE­MAINS on track to have a record year in tourism as the is­land con­tin­ues to reg­is­ter growth of over five per cent for both tourism earn­ings and vis­i­tor ar­rivals.

From Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber 2016, Ja­maica recorded earn­ings of US$2.06 bil­lion, which rep­re­sents an in­crease of 5.7 per cent over the amount earned for the same pe­riod last year. The is­land also reg­is­tered an in­crease of 5.1 per cent in vis­i­tor ar­rivals over the same pe­riod last year, with 3,100,235 to­tal vis­i­tors.

Growth in both ar­rivals and earn­ings came de­spite Ja­maica suf­fer­ing a loss of more than 8,000 vis­i­tors dur­ing the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

“The lat­est fig­ures from the Ja­maica Tourist Board are truly proof of the strength of Ja­maica’s tourism prod­uct. We have con­sis­tently recorded growth through­out the year, though more than 8,000 po­ten­tial vis­i­tors can­celled their trips due to the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew in Oc­to­ber,” said Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett. Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness signs the con­do­lence book for the late for­mer Pres­i­dent of Cuba Fidel Cas­tro in Cuba on Tues­day evening. World lead­ers gath­ered in Cuba on Tues­day for a ser­vice hon­our­ing Cas­tro.

Dur­ing the first 10 months of 2016, stopover ar­rivals also in­creased by 2.3 per cent over the same pe­riod last year, with 1,786,394 vis­i­tors, while cruise ar­rivals in­creased by 9.1 per cent over the same pe­riod in 2015, to­talling 1,313,841 cruise pas­sen­gers.

“Our ar­rival fig­ures and tourism earn­ings from Jan­uary and Oc­to­ber of this year are very pos­i­tive and an in­di­ca­tor of the con­sid­er­able im­pact tourism is hav­ing on the growth agenda. Our tourism earn­ings con­tinue to out­pace our ar­rivals, which is quite sig­nif­i­cant. It is clear that we re­main on track to have a record year in tourism,” said Bartlett.

Latin Amer­ica and Europe were Ja­maica’s strong­est mar­kets dur­ing the pe­riod Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber. Stopover ar­rivals from the Latin Amer­i­can mar­ket were up by 26.6 per cent for the same pe­riod last year, with 2,803 vis­i­tors. Ar­rivals out of Europe in­creased by 10.5 per cent over the same pe­riod for 2015 with a to­tal of 21,870 stopover ar­rivals.

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