Provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) shows that a record 4.3 million tourists visited Jamaica in 2017.
Record 4.3 million tourists visited Jamaica in 2017
6:21 pm, Thu January 11, 2018
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett who made the disclosure says this represents a 21.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016.
He says Jamaica broke the four million mark in December and by the end of the month it increased to 4.3 million.
This comprised 2.353 million stopover arrivals and 1.946 million cruise passengers.
The visitors provided revenue of US$3 billion.
Meanwhile, Bartlett is expecting the growth in tourist arrivals to continue for the rest of the Winter Tourist Season.
"Even with the big chill up north, we are looking at five per cent growth in the first week in January. We think that by the end of the fiscal year, we will probably see a record 4.5 million visitors coming and earning well over US$3-billion," he said.