Jamaica Earned US$3.64 Billion From Tourism In 2019, Welcomed 4.3 Million Visitors
- Jamaica welcomed approximately 4.3 million visitors in 2019, comprising 2.7 million stopover arrivals and 1.6 million cruise passengers, whose combined spending contributed to the destination earning US$3.64 billion. Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 24.
- He informed that stopover arrivals last year increased by 8.4 per cent, compared to 2018, with each visitor spending an average of 8.6 nights, and overall foreign exchange earnings increased by 10.3 per cent, up from US$3.3 billion in 2018.
- “At the end of 2019, tourism was projected to create 41,000 new jobs by 2022. We recognise now that the impact of COVID-19 will result in a revision of this estimate, but the broader point being made is that tourism remains one of the most critical catalysts for job creation in the Jamaican economy,” he contended.
- Bartlett said the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has now classified the direct employment in the tourism sector at 170,000 workers, to include employees in the accommodations subsector, travel agencies, ground transportation providers, workers in the attractions subsector, craft vendors, etc.