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Jamaica surpasses one million visitors in first six months of 2017

The Caribbean island of Jamaica celebrated a milestone recently after it recorded its one millionth visitor since January. It’s the first time, the nation reached this number of visitors in the first six months of a year, and it indicates ongoing positive growth for Jamaica’s tourism numbers and the economy. During this period, the country earned over $1.2 billion in revenue.

Jamaica surpasses one million visitors in first six months of 2017

The tourism industry in Jamaica has recently recorded another milestone, after celebrating its one millionth visitor since the beginning of this year.

This is the first time the island nation has reached this number over a period of six months.

The increase in tourists indicates the strong growth of Jamaica’s tourism industry and its economy.

The island also earned more than $1.2 billion in revenue during the same six-month period this year.

"This is simply amazing.”

Stated Edmund Bartlett, the Tourism Minister in Jamaica during a private celebratory ceremony in the VIP Lounge at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

“Never before in our history has this ever happened, and to say we are indeed proud would certainly be putting it mildly.”

Mr Bartlett revealed that Jamaica received 2,165,330 visitors up to the end of June this year, which a 3.9 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. During the first two weeks of July, 2017, there were 104,098 stopover visitors to the island, which was a significant rise of 14.9 per cent compared to the same two weeks in 2016.

The island welcomed more than 3.84 million visitors in total last year, which was a four per cent increase con arrivals compared to 2015. This year, the nation’s tourism industries are confident that they will break that milestone again, and they are expecting record-breaking growth.

The tourism minister added that the recent figures show that there is no need to celebrate seasons on the island anymore because the country is seeing growth all-year-round. This also contributed to the creation of new jobs and earnings for Jamaicans, as well as increased revenue flow in foreign exchange in Jamaica.

Over the last ten years, tourism has significantly grown in the Caribbean, and specifically Jamaica. Since 2017, the island nation’s tourism sector has recorded an increase of 36 per cent. New hotels developments, expanded airport facilities, improved transport infrastructure and global marketing campaigns have all led to the success of Jamaica’s thriving tourism industry.

The tropical island is home to beautiful diverse landscapes, from the turquoise sea and white sandy stretches, to dense emerald rainforests, mountains and cascading waterfalls. There is a wide selection of luxury beachfront hotels and resorts, family-run B&Bs, and self-catering apartments, and attractions range from world-class golf course, to museums, water parks and nature trails. 

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