Jamaica earns US$1.7B as tourism rebounds – CARICOM Business

People enjoy Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay Jamaica on a sunny day.

Jamaica’s tourism continues to rebound strongly amid the coronavirus pandemic as is reflected in the US$1.7 billion in earnings since the reopening of the country’s borders in June 2020.

Since that time, 1,285,368 visitors — including 8,381 cruise passengers — have descended on the nation’s shores. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett provided the update during a statement in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Bartlett told the House that the forecast for 2021 is a total of 1,578,743 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 would aid in bringing back much-needed jobs.

Extract from CARICOM BUSINESS Vol 4 No. 41

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