2016 has been a good year so far for Jamaica’s tourism industry.
During the first 10 months of the year, Jamaica reportedly recorded earnings of US$2.06 billion via the sector.
This represents an increase of close to 6 percent over the amount earned during the same time period in 2015.
Visitor arrivals also increased by 5.1 percent over the same period in 2015.
The island had a total of 3,100,235 visitors during the first ten months of 2016.
According to a release from the Ministry of Tourism:
During the first 10 months of 2016, stopover arrivals also increased by 2.3 percent over the same period last year, with 1,786,394 visitors, while cruise arrivals increased by 9.1 per cent over the same period in 2015, totaling 1,313,841 cruise passengers.
The ministry also revealed that Latin America and Europe were Jamaica’s strongest markets during the period January to October.
Stopover arrivals from the Latin American market were up by 26.6 per cent over the same period last year, with 2,803 visitors.
Arrivals out of Europe increased by 10.5 per cent, over the same period for 2015 with a total of 21,870 stopover arrivals.
Source: Jamaica Observer