KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has introduced that as Jamaica heads into what is predicted to be its greatest summer season vacationer season ever, the island has already welcomed two million stopover and cruise guests for the reason that begin of the 12 months.
Talking yesterday (June 20) throughout his Sectoral Debate closing presentation within the Home of Representatives, the tourism minister offered vital information to assist the historic post-pandemic strides being made within the tourism sector.
“Already earlier than even finishing the primary six months of this 12 months we’ve got already obtained a mixed 2 million stopover and cruise guests with file earnings of US$2 billion, a whopping 18% above the 2019 earnings for a similar time interval. It needs to be no shock then that Jamaica is bracing for the very best summer season vacationer season ever,” Minister Bartlett stated.
“Jamaica welcomed roughly 3.3 million guests in 2022 and registered a exceptional US$3.7 billion restoration of earnings in comparison with the pre-COVID earnings of 2019. Jamaica can also be experiencing an increase in summer season 2023 air journey bookings by 33% as in comparison with summer season 2022 in accordance with information offered by one of many world’s main journey information analytics companies, ForwardKeys,” acknowledged Minister Bartlett.
The tourism minister additionally gave a short overview of his current journey to the US the place he engaged with key companions akin to representatives from the Caribbean Tourism Group (CTO) and cast a partnership settlement between the International Tourism Resilience and Disaster Administration Centre (GTRCMC) and George Washington College.
Minister Bartlett added: “Our U.S. engagements included a collection of conferences and discussions with main tourism stakeholders within the airline, cruise and tour operator sub-sectors together with Delta Airways, Royal Caribbean Group and Expedia. These conferences confirmed that we’re actually on observe to file the very best summer season in our historical past, particularly contemplating the guests coming from America.”
Jamaica’s major supply market, the US, represents 1.2 million of the 1.4 million seats which were secured for the upcoming summer season journey season, representing a 16% improve over the island’s earlier greatest, recorded in 2019.