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Tourism sector records growth despite State of Emergency in St. James

Jamaica's tourism sector recorded growth last month despite the declaration of  a State of  Emergency in St. James.
 
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says during the month, there was a 6.8 per cent increase in arrivals, with 7.6 per cent growth during the period when the State of  Emergency was announced.
 
Concern has been raised that international media reports about the State of  Emergency could put a damper on tourist arrivals in Jamaica.
 
Bartlett and a team will travel to London, New York as well as Europe later this month to promote the destination and its offerings.
 
Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister says projections are for 450,000 visitors out of  Canada this year.
 
He said there were 405,000 visitors from Canada last year up from 370,000 in 2016, reflecting a nine per cent increase.
 
Bartlett recently returned from Canada where he met with tourism stakeholders and groups. 
 
Meetings were held with several travel planners to allay concerns regarding the State of  Emergency in St. James.
 
According to the Tourism Minister, he met with a group, which will be bringing 600 visitors to Jamaica next month.


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