Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says recent figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) reveal that Jamaica welcomed 202,192 visitors in January, which represents a 9% increase over the same period in 2018.
“I am very pleased to share that Jamaica’s tourism sector continues to grow and surpass our projections. These figures from January are indeed, very impressive and are a result of the strong marketing efforts our team has been utilizing in key markets across the globe, “said Minister Bartlett.
The data also outlines that for the period of January 1 – 31, 2019, Montego Bay welcomed 173,745 which is an 8.2% increase over the same period in 2018. Kingston also saw a 14% increase, with a record 28,447 visiting the city last month.
“The growth of tourism locally underscores the invaluable worth of the industry as a powerful driver of economic growth and development. This 9% increase represents 16,661 more arrivals, when compared to the same period in 2018,” said the Minister.
These figures follow on the country having a record 2018, with over 4.3 million arrivals and $3.3 billion in earnings.