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Jamaica tourist arrival hits new record

Visitor arrivals to Jamaica by air and sea hit a new record of 3.3 million in 2012, up 7.4% from previous year, according to newly released tourism data.

Arrivals in 2011 amounted to 3.07 million. Tourist visits earlier hit the three million mark in 2006.

The increase in tourists’ number predominantly came from cruise passenger growth, up 17%, mainly due to the newly opened port in Trelawny, the Falmouth Cruise Pier, built over a year ago. Total visitors by sea amounted to 1.34 million.

Air passengers staying overnight or stopover arrivals increased marginally by 1.8% to 1.98 million.