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Jamaica expects highest summer

Regional 09 Jun, 2022 Follow News

Jamaica is preparing for bumper tourist levels

Jamaica is predicting that this year’s summer arrivals of visitors will be a bumper season as tourism officials say it is on track for record arrivals surpassing 2019 levels when the country welcomed over 250,500 visitors.

“Summer 2022 will be the strongest summer that Jamaica’s tourism has ever seen”, said Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett. “All the bookings and the indications are that we are going to exceed 2019 levels in this summer. We are conscious of the importance of this as the economy, not just of Jamaica but the world faces challenges and tourism has that special capacity to drive economic activities in so many key areas.”

Bartlett said a strong summer means that “agriculture will be stronger, it means that manufacturing will be stronger, it means transportation will be stronger, it means small and medium enterprises that feed so much into the experience of tourism will be economically stronger.

Bartlett, speaking at a function to welcome American Airlines’ inaugural direct flight from Austin Texas, at the Sangster International Airport (in Montego Bay over the weekend,  said the flight signalled a “strengthening of the south eastern seaboard of the United States as a key source for the tourism in our country.

“We are very strong in the northeast, we call that the bread basket, but the southeast is now strong because it does have the capacity to drive the numbers to us.”

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