Record visitor arrivals at start of tourist season

December 21, 2022

More than 40,000 visitors have come to Jamaica so far during the 2022/23 winter tourist season, which commenced on December 15.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett describes the start as "the strongest in the history of Jamaica".

"We were able to welcome over the weekend, from December 15 to 18, a total of 42,000 visitors. That includes 37,000 stopover and 5,000 cruise visitors ... something nobody would have predicted this early in our recovery [from the COVID-19 pandemic]," he told JIS News.

Bartlett, who described this out-turn as a "dream start", said more than 11,000 stopover visitors arrived on approximately 61 flights landing at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, on December 17, making it the biggest number recorded in a single day.

He pointed out that the arrivals number is "not only a record for the sector, but further underscores the robust post-pandemic recovery that the tourism industry continues to enjoy".

The minister advised that the out-turn for the cruise shipping sector has also been impressive, noting that over 80 per cent of the passengers arriving on the Carnival Sunrise, which docked in St Ann on December 15, disembarked.

'The ship had some 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew, and they were all over Ocho Rios and were busy spending and enjoying our tourism offerings. The same thing has occurred [elsewhere] as passengers disembarked ships that have docked in Falmouth, including Royal Caribbean Cruise vessels," he added.

Bartlett said all the other major cruise lines continue to find favour with Jamaica and anticipates that the 2022/23 season "will be great".

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