Of that number, just over 930,000 come from the US market alone, added the minister, who also highlighted the strength of revenues and recalled that the country’s Average Daily Rates (ADR) increased by around 20 percent.
“What this does is create a strong demand for more goods and services to be provided by our local stockholders,” pointed out Bartlett, who noted that this will translate into greater retention of tourism dollars.
The Caribbean is showing an increase in the number of available airplane seats to Jamaica, especially with the recent addition of the Dominican Republic’s flagship, Arajet Airlines, Bartlett added.
Regional tourism is picking up again, and that is a good sign for us, he emphasized. We have a 16-percent increase in seats coming from the area, he stressed.
The Latin American market has not fully recovered since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the minister of tourism added.
Jamaica, which has a population of nearly three million, plans an economic expansion of more than four percent of its gross domestic product in 2022, largely due to the elimination of containment measures against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the cause of the pandemic, which facilitated an increase in tourist arrivals.