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Provisional data from the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism is showing an increase in arrivals for the month of January. Of note is the period January 22-25, 2018, where stopover arrivals increased by 13.7% with Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport recording 18,851 arrivals, up 12.1% over 2017.
For the period of January 1 – 28, 2018, stopover arrivals totaled 172,380, up 6.7% over 2017.
“This continued growth in arrivals is proof that our tourism product remains robust and sought after by tourists worldwide. These figures mean that for the period there was 10, 855 more arrivals when compared to the same period in 2017,” said Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett.
Minister Bartlett, who revealed the data to international stakeholders in Puerto Rico at the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, added that this growth is coming on the heels of a phenomenal 2017 performance where “Jamaica closed out its 2017 tourism year, shattering all previous records for the fast-growing industry.”
Last year was a signature year for growth in tourism which ended with 4.3 million visitors coming to Jamaica. That wasn’t an ordinary record because it meant that nearly 500,000 more visitors came to Jamaica in a single year, which has never happened anywhere in this part of the Anglophobe Caribbean.
Last year’s growth in arrivals eclipsed the total increase of the previous four years, 2012-2015. Foreign exchange earnings for the year reached approximately US$3 billion.