Record arrivals, earnings for winter season

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says that the sector is projected to see record numbers in arrivals and earnings for the 2018/2019 winter tourist season, which runs from December to April.

He said that total arrivals is estimated at 1.5 million, with stopover visitors accounting for 900,000, which is the highest figure for a single winter season.

Bartlett said that earnings for the period are estimated to be in excess of US$1.6 million.

“The earnings… [are] going to break all records this year because this is now going to be the largest winter in the history of Jamaica,” he noted.

The minister, who was speaking at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA) ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday, said that “2019 is trending in a way that is going to break all records”.

He informed that for the first 12 weeks of 2019, the country recorded more than 650,000 stopover visitors with March arrivals at record levels.

“March is trending as the biggest month ever in our history with 34,000 more visitors in a single month of March than last year this time,” he noted.           

Bartlett said that Jamaica’s tourism sector is poised to exceed the projected growth targets.