Jamaica targets 4.2 million tourists in 2017


Jamaica is gearing up to attract some 4.2 million tourists in 2017. According to a statement issued by the Ministry, foreign tourist arrivals to Jamaica increased by five percent as compared to the estimate last year, when 3.84 million foreign tourists visited the country.

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Barlett, said that the increased amount of foreign tourists will be translated into more business opportunities for groups related to this sector, with a positive effect on job creation.

Barlett added that the tourism ministry would organise a trade fair this year in the western city of Montego Bay to establish business opportunities in tourism and the rest of production sectors in the country. Jamaica will also host the World Conference on Development of Sustainable Tourism in November, supported by the United Nations.