Jamaica set to welcome a record 4 million visitors this year
Come the first week of December, Jamaica is set to welcome a record four million visitors to the destination, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has revealed.
"We are already on track to surpass last year’s historic growth rate of four percent or 3.84 million visitors in total. We welcomed over 3.3 million visitors in the first nine months of 2017 and we expect total arrivals to surpass 4 million by the first week of December," Bartlett said. "Gross foreign exchange earnings for the first 10 months of the year were US$2.34 billion, which is a 10.8 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2016."
Bartlett also noted that in spite of its several challenges the Caribbean has surpassed last year’s arrival figures in the first six months of the year.
"For the first six months of 2017, data compiled by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation show that the region welcomed 16.6 million international tourists or 800,000 more than in the first six months of 2016, constituting a growth rate of 5.2 percent.
He was speaking on Monday at UNWTO international tourism conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean.
Billed – “Building Private-Public Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism for Development – the conference welcomes global policymakers and leaders in tourism from over 157 countries, several international agencies of the United Nations as well as large delegation of local stakeholders.
Over the next three days a wide range of issues related to the resilience and sustainability of global tourism will discussed.