Jamaica has reported more than 211,000 tourist arrivals since reopening its tourism sector in June, the country’s tourism officials said this week.
According to Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, that was equivalent to a tourism income of $ 231.9 million.
The occupancy of the hotels continues to rise, said Bartlett, which leads to cautious optimism for the recovery of tourism on the island.
“I’ve received reports that some of our hotel properties have reported reaching up to 60% occupancy from a combination of international and local guests, with the number approaching 90 percent on holidays,” he said.
Continuing that growth is imperative, he said during the very first virtual staging of the island’s Jamaica Product Exchange conference.
“Tourism has to get back on track. Before the pandemic, there were 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals; Travel and tourism accounted for 10.3% of global GDP and employed 1 in 10 people worldwide, ”he said. “At home, when we welcomed 4.3 million visitors, the sector made $ 3.7 billion, contributed 9.5 percent of the country’s GDP, and created about 170,000 direct jobs.”