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Jamaica Visitor Arrivals Up Significantly

Destination & Tourism | Brian Major | June 04, 2015

Jamaica Visitor Arrivals Up Significantly

Photo courtesy of Jamaica Tourist Board

Jamaica’s tourist arrivals continue to grow following two consecutive years of record-breaking numbers. The country hosted 756,463 visitors between January and April, a 4.7 percent increase over the 721,004 arrivals recorded during the same period in 2014, according to statistics from the Jamaica Tourist Board.

The 2015 totals include 445,105 arrivals from the U.S. and Canada; overall travelers from the U.S. and Europe increased 9.1 percent, said officials. Conversely Canadian travelers declined by 5.3 percent during the period.

Jamaica’s cruise ship visitors also increased between January and April, totaling 654,407 passengers, an 11.2 percent increase over 2014. “We had a favorable winter tourist season,” said Paul Pennicook, director of tourism. “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors during the summer months to enjoy cultural events, our cuisine, our beaches and the hospitality of our people.”

Jamaica’s visitor arrivals are growing as the country’s resort base is also expanding. Hyatt Hotels, Palace Resorts and Marriott Hotels have all opened new resorts in the country in recent months. Jamaica recorded more than two million visitors in 2013 and 2014, the first time in its history the country has hosted more than two million visitors in consecutive years.

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