Jamaica on track for record year in tourismStaff Writer | November 30, 2016
Jamaica is on track to have a record year in tourism as the island registered a growth of over 5 percent for both tourism earnings and visitor arrivals in the first 10 months of this year.
Tourism Over 8,000 potential visitors canceled their trips
The island also saw an increase of 5.1 percent in visitor arrivals over the same period last year, the release said, adding that growth in both arrivals and earnings came despite significant losses caused by Hurricane Matthew.
"The latest figures are truly proof of the strength of Jamaica's tourism products. We have consistently recorded growth throughout the year, though over 8,000 potential visitors canceled their trips due to the passage of Hurricane Matthew in October," said Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett.
During the first 10 months of 2016, stopover arrivals to Jamaica increased by 2.3 percent over the same period last year, with 1,786,394 visitors, while cruise arrivals increased by 9.1 percent over the same period in 2015, totaling 1,313,841 cruise passengers. ■