This year, Jamaica’s winter tourist season set new records

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  • Published on April 21, 2023
  • Last Updated June 8, 2023
  • In Culture

This year, Jamaica had its busiest winter travel season, and the island is on course for an extended period of expansion in the tourist sector

This year was Jamaica’s busiest and most successful winter tourist season ever, and the island is poised to continue reaping the benefits of this trend for a while to come.

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett recently opened Jamaica’s Sectoral Debate in parliament by announcing that between January and March of 2023, Jamaica received 1.18 million tourists. The projected number of visitors for the first quarter of 2023 is an increase of 94.4 percent from the same quarter in 2022.

According toTravel Pulse, the staggering influx of tourists resulted in record-breaking revenues of $1.15 billion, a 46.4% increase over the $786.8 million earned in the same time one year ago. Among the many noteworthy aspects of Bartlett’s remarks are:

  • There was a 117 percent increase in visitors to Jamaica in 2022.

  • Revenue for 2022 boosted 71.4 percent from the previous year.

  • Last year, Jamaica received 3.3 million tourists, who brought in $3.7 billion to the island’s travel industry.

In 2022, when the epidemic subsided, there was an enormous increase in tourism from the United States toJamaica. In terms of summer visitors, 2022 was a record year for the Caribbean Island. Even more promising are estimates for the destination in the year 2024, notes the outlet. The hospitality industry in Jamaica is projected to bring in $4.1 billion for the country in the next year.

“If there was ever an industry that has the potential to transform our nation, our communities and the lives and livelihoods of the Jamaican people for the better, it is tourism,” Bartlett said at the debate in Parliament, as reported byBreaking Travel News.

Fishermen boats docked on the White River in St Ann, Jamaica.
Fishermen boats docked on the White River in St Ann, Jamaica. LBSimms Photography Shutterstock

Jamaica’s real gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase by 3 to 5 percent from January through March 2023 compared to the same period in the previous year because of the country’s thriving tourist sector. Hotels and restaurants are predicted to do well, driving the increase.

“Never before in the history of Jamaica has tourism made such a great contribution to the national economy,” Bartlett added, “and we are willing to contribute to that process and to make even greater contributions.”

Moreover, the island’s tourist economy has received considerable funding in recent years. In the previous five years, tourist investment accounted for 20% of the island’s overall FDI. According to Bartlett, the island of Jamaica would see a growth of 15,000 to 20,000 hotel rooms as a result of a number of planned investment projects over the next five to ten years. These investment projects are estimated to be worth between $4 billion and $5 billion in total.

When asked about the future of Jamaica’s economy, Bartlett predicted that tourism would play a crucial role.

Evie Blanco is a journalist with nearly a decade of experience who was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Queens, New York. She is extremely well-versed in hip-hop music and culture and is always aware of any developments within it. Whether it’s the latest in pop culture, a fascinating foreign destination, a truly amazing new restaurant, or breaking news, she loves to write about it all.

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