Jamaica remains positive to welcome over 2 million stopover visitors

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Jamaica is ready to welcome well over two million stopover visitors this year.  Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon Dr. Wykeham McNeill said, “Our arrivals are up by some 4 percent over last year and we expect to maintain our level of stopovers this year of more than two million visitors.”

The Minister stated, “The growth we are seeing is over 2013, which was a record year, when we recorded over two million stopover arrivals and 1.4 million cruise ship visitors, which pushed our total tourist arrivals to around 3.5 million. This is much more than our total population of roughly 2.7 million.” He also noted that this is a very positive sign and is a clear indication that the tourism sector is doing well and is poised for further growth moving forward.

He listed a number of initiatives being undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security to make the international airports more customer friendly and emphasized that in addition to monies previously expended, the Tourism Enhancement Fund has committed $200 million over the next five years to facilitate the introduction of new technology and to re-engineer operations at immigration.

He also highlighted the partnership being fostered with the entertainment and creative industries as well as steps being taken to protect and develop indigenous craft.