Jamaican tourism industry in a forward swing
As per a statement released by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the island country’s tourism industry is in a path of growth.
The JTB said, Jamaica celebrated an overall market growth of 5.4 per cent for the first six months of the year. Stopover tourist arrivals marked 1.25 million (5.9 per cent more than last year) and cruise arrivals were around one million (4.8 per cent more than last year)
The tourism industry earned around USD 1.459 billion from stopover arrivals and USD 100.6 million from cruise tourists. The total revenue from tourism during the first half of the year were USD 1.556 billion, which denotes an increase of 7.3 per cent.
As per JTB statement, fast paced conclusive and relentless initiatives taken by Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism and Donovan White, Director of Tourism, would have contributed for the sustained growth in the tourism industry.
“While the implementation of enhanced security measures stimulated 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,” said Bartlett in a press conference.