Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that the the island has so far earned US$3.1 billion from the industry since the start of the year. He has also released data that indicate that from January to October 2019, Jamaica welcomed 3.4 million visitors to the island.
“We are very proud to announce that we have hit the US$3.1 billion mark for earnings. We had already broken the three million mark for arrivals, so we are on track to surpass our target,” Bartlett said.
He added: “December is usually a strong month for us [Jamaica], and it begins the high season when the rates are higher. In all probability, we will more than likely make our US$3.7 billion projection for this year, and with a little luck, we might be on the edge for US$4 billion.”
The minister said that the numbers put the island on track to surpass the ministry’s five-pillar growth strategy, which projects five million visitor arrivals in five years and earnings of US$5 billion.