Jamaican tourism continues to grow with the news from Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, who announced new flights out of South America and Russia to the island.
Mr. Bartlett said further expansion in the island’s hotel room stock by more than 1,000 over the next three months, are projected to result in an average eight to nine per cent growth in stopover visitor arrivals. A 10.2 per cent growth in overall revenue generated by tourism is expected in 2019.
Regarding the airlift arrangements, Mr. Bartlett said from Dec. 2, LATAM Airlines will commence service between Lima, Peru and Montego Bay, with three flights per week. This will increase the number of flights out of South America to 14, with COPA Airlines currently operating 11 weekly flights between Panama and Jamaica.
Russian airline Pegas Fly, which currently provides flights to Jamaica using 747 aircraft, will be using bigger jets, which will increase passengers travelling to Montego Bay to 500 per trip.
Rooms brought back on stream include 790 at Riu Ocho Rios while among the new inventory are 500 by the H10 Hotel Group, with 500 more soon after.
Mr Bartlett also mentioned the opening of the AC Marriott Hotel, which “will add a significant number of rooms to Kingston.”