Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett greets a member of staff at the Norman Manley International Airport.
Jamaica remained a high-demand destination for visitors in 2018, according to Director of Tourism Donovan White.
White told an Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) for staff at the Norman Manley International Airport(NMIA) that there was a significant increase in the number of air seats coming into the island.
He added that stop-over arrivals for 2018 had grown at 5.3 per cent over what was already a record year in 2017.
NMIA CEO Audley Diedrick reiterated the importance of what he termed the intrinsic link between aviation and tourism.
He added that in recognition of the importance of the link, the airport was continually upgrading and improving to make the passenger experience more comfortable and seamless.
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The occasion also the reintroduction daily service between New York’s John F Kennedy airport, JFK and Kingston, from Delta Airlines.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, in welcoming the relaunched air service, said that given the combination of seat capacity and in-demand rooms, Jamaica should be considered, on a per capita basis, the leading destination in the region.
Minister Bartlett also paid tribute to the persons who were doing their jobs effectively, despite not being in up-front positions as their contribution was equally vital to keeping tourism as a successful industry in the country today.
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