Jamaica Units Document of Guests and Earnings for 2023

Kingston, Jamaica – With a file winter vacationer season on the horizon, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has introduced that the island is ready to eclipse its development projections for customer arrivals and tourism earnings for 2023, based mostly on the sturdy development trajectory of Jamaica’s vibrant tourism business.

Jamaica Sets Record of Visitors and Earnings for 2023

Whereas offering an replace on the sector within the Home of Representatives earlier this afternoon, Minister Bartlett outlined optimistic estimates. He mentioned “the island ought to file a complete of 4,122,100 guests for the interval January to December, 2023. This could sign a rise of 23.7% over the entire variety of guests recorded in 2022.”

Highlighting the spectacular development pattern, Minister Bartlett mentioned: “Of this quantity 2,875,549 are anticipated to be stopover guests, which might signify a 16% enhance over the variety of stopover arrivals recorded in 2022. Moreover, we anticipate to finish the 12 months with a complete of 1,246,551 cruise passengers, which might signify a 46.1% enhance over the tally for 2022.”

Stressing that the sector’s record-breaking restoration appears set to proceed, he famous that: “This continues the spectacular development sample of tourism, with 10 consecutive quarters of considerable development for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic. Based mostly on arrival figures up to now, all indications are that we are going to be having an eleventh quarter of great enlargement.”

When it comes to tourism earnings, the Minister introduced that “this inflow of holiday makers is predicted to generate a whopping US$4.265 billion for 2023, representing a projected enhance of 17.8% over the income secured in 2022, and a 17.2% enhance in income over the pre-pandemic 12 months of 2019.”

Minister Bartlett emphasised that, “if we proceed on our spectacular development trajectory, we will probably be on observe to surpass our projections of 4 million guests and international change earnings of US$4.1 billion by year-end.”

Moreover, the Minister offered an estimated breakdown of those earnings, specifying direct revenues to the federal government’s coffers. These embrace contributions to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) charges, Departure Tax, Airport Enchancment Price, Airline Passenger Levy, Passenger charges and costs, in addition to the Visitor Lodging Room Tax (GART), amounting to US$336 million or JA$52 billion.

Minister Bartlett expressed gratitude for the help and sterling contribution of all tourism stakeholders to the continued success of the sector, together with tourism employees, the Jamaica Resort and Vacationer Affiliation (JHTA) and different native and worldwide companions. The tourism minister reaffirmed that the Ministry, its public our bodies and all tourism companions stay dedicated to fostering the sustainable development and resilience which have enabled Jamaica to take care of its place as a premier journey vacation spot globally.