Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Jamaica Observer
ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that a record 4.3 million tourists visited Jamaica in 2017.
|Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, |
emphasises a point while addressing the
official opening of the Knutsford Express
depot at Sangster International Airport
in Montego Bay on Tuesday (January 9).
This, according to Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, represents a 21.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016.
“We broke the four million mark in December and by the end of (the month) we had gone to 4.3 million arrivals. This figure comprised 2,353,461 stopover arrivals and 1,946,780 cruise passengers, providing a revenue flow of approximately US$3 billion,” he said.
The minister was speaking at the official opening of the Knutsford Express bus service depot at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay yesterday.
Bartlett said the historic tourism out-turns for 2017 were milestone achievements for Jamaica, noting that “it is the first time that…we brought more than 500,000 additional visitors in a single calendar year”.
Noting that Jamaica earned US$2.56 billion in 2016, he said last year's revenue inflow indicates that “we have (generated) nearly US$500 million of additional earnings in one single year”. more