Tourism earnings grew in 2018 by 8.6 percent over the previous year, from US $3billion in 2017 to US$3.3 billion in 2018.
Giving the data, Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, said the projections are that by the end of the winter season, April 2019, the country will earn an additional US$1 billion in tourism revenue since 2016.
Mr. Bartlett said Jamaica welcomed a record 4.31 million visitors in 2018.
“This represents the second year in a row that Jamaica has had more than 4.3 million visitors in a single year,” he said at a press briefing held at his New Kingston offices on Tuesday, January 8.
Minister Bartlett said that the growth in earnings places the country on track to achieve the target set by the Administration of generating $5 billion in revenue from tourism by 2021.
“This is a powerful performance because what it means is that we would’ve earned US$1 billion in three years when it took us 40 years to earn the first billion and 17 years to earn the second billion,” he pointed out.
By: Franklin McKnight