In his sectorial debate presentation, Edmund Bartlett, tasked with the responsibility for the Minister of Tourism portfolio, says Jamaica will see a successful summer, unlike any other summer tourism season. “This period of what we call the summer in tourism 2023 will become the most successful summer in the history of tourism in Jamaica,” Bartlett declared.
The minister received loud applause from fellow parliamentarians as he made the bold declaration.
Bartlett also outlined some outstanding numbers to back up his statement by stating, “Even before the completion of the six months of this year, we have already combined brought in two million visitors to Jamaica and have earned over 2 billion US dollars for the country.”
According to the minister, the figures outlined an 18% increase compared to 2019 earnings for the same period. “The fact has been reinforced indeed, madam speaker, by the engagements which I lead into the New York area, the tri-state area, Miami and Atlanta in the last few days, as you know, we responding to certain headwinds that we thought we were experiencing,” Bartlett revealed.
The man, who wears many caps, which includes House Leader, continued to outline why this summer will be historic. “We still have seats coming out of the rest a the market for this summer, of which 1.2 million is from the United States of America, madam speaker we were able to have discussions also with our partners in the cruise industry and have settled certain understanding with regards to our western itinerary,” Bartlett declared.
Amidst the positive developments in the tourism sector, Bartlett also outlined a few areas that need improvements, particularly the cruise industry and port. The minister detailed that in the coming weeks and months, he will be working extremely hard to bring the port in Falmouth to a cornerstone port.
He stated, “But to just indicate that in all discussions we had to look at the main port for us of Falmouth, and I will have a lot more to say about what both port authority and ourselves will have to do along with the town and citizens of Falmouth to bring that port to become a corner what you call a cornerstone port that will anchor the entire itinerary.”
Barlett also unveiled that the Inter-American Development Bank has become their technical partner to help boost Jamaica’s tourism plans.
See the full presentation below: