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Jamaica’s Tourism Minister hopeful for increased visitor arrivals

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is forecasting an increase of over 100 per cent in stopover visitor arrivals this year over the previous year, which was severely affected by COVID-19.

The general outlook for the upcoming fiscal year is quite positive as we expect to realise growth of 122 per cent on earnings and 236 per cent in visitor arrivals.

Of this number, we hope to welcome 1.043 million stopover visitors, which is a 117 per cent increase over last year’s stopover numbers,” Bartlett stated during his sectoral presentation recently.

He said the first three months of 2021 were positive, revealing that some 40,055 visitors were welcomed in January, 40,076 in February, and over 69,040 in March.

Bartlett also revealed that data have indicated that by the end of next month, Jamaica should have up to 60 per cent coverage of the United States market.

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