Jamaica already recording significant growth in tourist arrivals this year
The Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, Hon. Edmond Bartlett, has revealed that the country’s tourism is booming. The Caribbean nation is celebrating a significant growth in tourist arrivals and cruise passengers. The island recorded around 1.3 million visitors in the first quarter of 2018, which is a 6.6 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2017.
Tourism numbers in Jamaica are booming, according to the latest figures released by the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. The Caribbean country recorded a significant rise in tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2018.
Between January and March 2018, Jamaica received 1.3 million visitors from all over the world, including stayover tourists and cruise passengers. This was a 6.6 per cent increase compared to the same period in the previous year, with 80,000 more visitors recorded this year.
The numbers indicate the continued success of the country’s record-breaking numbers last year. In 2017, the island nation welcomed 4.3 million international visitors, and foreign exchange earnings of approximately US$3 billion.
In the first week of April this year, Jamaica received a 14.1 per cent increase in stopover visitors, compared to the same month in 2017. According to Minister Bartlett, many of the 51,384 visitors were at the beginning of the month who visited the island for the carnival celebrations..
Mr Bartlett said the increase in visitors has largely been down to the Airbnb concept on the island that provides accommodation for all budgets and tastes. There were 55,000 tourists who stayed in Airbnb accommodation in Jamaica in 2017, which paid nearly $1 billion paid to local hosts.
Mr Bartlett, commented:
“It is providing real economic benefits to regular people and we can see the sharing economy in action. Airbnb is offering an ideal opportunity to spread benefits from the sector beyond traditional resort areas and into local communities.”
Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s most popular tourist destinations. Blessed with palm-fringed white sand beaches, turquoise sea, and majestic mountains, the island is a tropical paradise for couples, families, solo travellers and groups.
Holidaymakers can head to the country’s natural wonders such as the Blue Mountains, Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach, and Dunn’s River Falls. There are numerous golf courses, beaches, rainforests, national parks and walking trails to enjoy. Popular tourists attractions include the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Dolphin Cove, Green Grotto Caves, the famous James Bond Beach, the Enchanted Gardens, Rose Hall, Kool Runnings Water Park and Shaw Park Botanical Gardens.
Talk to a specialist
Call 020 7644 1770 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.
Opening hours 09:00 - 21:00 GMT
Popular Holidays In Jamaica Browse all
Explore the area and enjoy easy access to all attractions around Falmouth at Mangos Jamaica
- Located on Trelawny Bay and its beautiful beach
- Good value Adults only property
- Adults only paradise with a selection of restaurants to try on All Inclusive
With a waterpark, onsite Robert Von Hagge Championship Golf Course and a spa for the ultimate in wellbeing, Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa offers a dream holiday
- Save up to 32% off all room types and up to 2 Kids 14 and under stay free
- Relax on the Lazy River or on the beach
- All Inclusive Resort with 7 restaurants, bars and grills from fine dining or casual
Located within 15 minutes from Sangster's International Airport and 5 minutes from three world-class golf courses
- Discounts of up to 30% off all room types included plus One Child stays free per paying adult
- Leave your daily stresses behind and relax with the magical spa services
- A wide selection of restaurants with an international gourmet buffet, where you can enjoy a variety of cuisine from breakfast pastries to Jamaican delicacies
Indulge and revel in the lap of luxury with that special someone when you visit Jamaica
- Ultimate Savings and upgrades for Summer 2019
- Catamaran for the exclusive use by Secrets Resorts & Spas guests
- Endless daytime activities such as snorkelling, sailing, basketball, introductory scuba lessons & many more
- The adults-only hotel boasts ultimate tranquility and Unlimited-Luxury® including 24-hour room service
Treat yourself to Jamaican sunshine at Sunscape Splash Montego Bay, perfectly paired with all-inclusive delights....
The Hilton Rose Hall is a five-star establishment in this area that sits strategically between the beautiful Blue...
Your relaxing stay at the adults only Sunset at the Palms starts with a complimentary fast-track service through Montego...
Spoil yourself with a week of sun and sand at one of Jamaica's most beautiful beaches. Your eight days in Rooms On The...
Nestled one mile away from the town of Negril, The Rondel Village Hotel is within close proximity to a multitude of...
If you're looking for a beautiful, elegant and exotic venue to celebrate a wedding, enjoy a honeymoon, or simply spend...