Now, more than two years later, tourism to Jamaica is thriving and back to 90% of pre-pandemic numbers, says Minister Bartlett. He shared the latest stats during a meeting last week with members of a special delegation from the Republic of Namibia, led by the African nation’s Minister in the Presidency, Christine || Hoebes.

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett with the Republic of Namibia’s Minister in the Presidency, Christine Hoebes, Aug. 5, 2022

“The good news is that Jamaica has now recovered 90% from the COVID-19 pandemic in the tourism sector,” said Minister Bartlett. He added that Jamaica’s recovery in terms of arrivals this year “is likely to be well over 3 million, and we are also expecting our earnings will be just about $100 million, or so, below our best earnings in 2019 of $3.7 billion.”

In June 2022 Jamaica achieved another major milestone in its road to recovery: its one millionth stopover arrival for the year.

Minister Bartlett says Jamaica’s main source markets, including Canada, are also rebounding strongly from the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK is even pacing ahead of 2019 figures, by 6%. The U.S. has also come back, he said. Canada is making a strong showing, although Canada reopened outbound tourism much later than other markets. “Progress is being made,” he said.

Minister Bartlett was visiting Namibia in part to confirm the establishment of a satellite centre of the Jamaica-based, Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) in the coming months.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Click here for a look at how Jamaica is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee here in Canada. Plus, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has launched a special incentive for Canadian travel advisors; click here for more details.

Jamaica’s just about back to pre-pandemic levels, with an almost full recovery, says Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett

Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica



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