Jamaica’s economy recorded up to five consecutive quarters of growth with tourism being the leading sector says Minister of Tourism, Edmund Barlett.
During the 2022 summer period, Bartlett disclosed that the country achieved a historic figure for the best stopover visitor arrivals and foreign exchange earnings. This announcement was made at the welcome ceremony for the 18th annual USA Travel Advisor Golf Tournament at Sandals Ochi Rios Beach Resort in St. Ann.
“We have 5, 000 more visitors than in (the summer of) 2019, which was a record year; (and) the better news is that our earnings in the summer of 2022 are up 20 per cent over 2019,” he stated.
He added that the initial projection for 2022 was for the tourism sector to earn $3.5 billion in revenue and to have a stopover visitor arrival of approximately 2.3 million.
However, the Minister noted that this figure has far been exceeded and is now at $4.2 billion for projected earnings, with 2.6 million projected for stopover visitors, which does not include cruise passengers.
Recently, findings presented in a report by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) indicated that the tourism and hospitality industries contributed to the country’s development by 5.7% from April to June 2022, when compared to the same period in 2021.
Based on this, the PIOJ statistics confirmed that Jamaica is on the cusp of greatness to post-pandemic economic recovery which is credited to the booming tourism sector.
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