Jennifer Griffith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, has revealed that Jamaica is continuing to make gains in the industry this year, with arrivals up 9.5 per cent up to October compared to the similar period of 2016.
Griffith, speaking at the weekend at the RJR Gleaner hospitality awards, said preliminary figures for 2017 show that stopover arrivals were up 7.2 per cent at the end of October compared to the corresponding period in 2016.
She said cruise passenger arrivals were up 12.7 per cent for the period.
The permanent secretary said so far 3.4 million tourists have visited Jamaica in 2016, contributing US$2.3 billion to the local economy.
She explained that this is 10.8 per cent more tourism earnings than for the corresponding period last year.