Jamaica’s tourism continues to rebound strongly despite the coronavirus pandemic, reflected by the US$1.7 billion in earnings since the reopening of the country’s borders in June 2020.
Over 1,285,000 visitors — including 8,400 cruise passengers — have visited Jamaica. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett announced that the forecast for 2021 is a total of 1,578,700 visitors and more than US$2 billion in earnings. He said the return of cruise signals the second critical phase of the reopening of the tourism industry and will help bring back much-needed jobs.
Bartlett said the projection is for just under 300,000 cruise passengers to visit Jamaica by the end of the year. He said by that time, the Montego Bay and Falmouth ports should be reactivated with hopes of having calls at Port Royal and Port Antonio, too.
Bartlett reiterated that the return of cruise is being managed in accordance with strict health and safety COVID-19 protocols, which are guided by global standards and best practices to ensure the safety and protection of citizens as well as visitors.