Recent figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) confirm that tourist arrivals into Jamaica in 2018 were a record at over 4.3 million and earnings at $3.3 billion.
Following on from those impressive figures was the announcement by the Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett that revealed 202,192 visitors to the Island in January 2019. This figure represents an increase of 9% over the respective period in 2018.
These impressive figures demonstrate that Jamaica’s tourism sector is continuing to grow and shows that Jamaica remains a much in demand ‘go to’ hotspot for visitors and holidaymakers and the demand for accommodation is only set to rise.
Over the next five years, Jamaica will add 12,000 new rooms to the tourism industry according to the Hon Edmund Bartlett. These will include 1,000 rooms in Trelawney a US$250- million investment, Princess Hotels & Resorts will build out 2,000 rooms in Hanover at a cost of US$500 million, a further investment of US$500 million to build 5,000 hotel rooms in Trelawny by Amaterra, 800 rooms in St Ann by Karisma at US$200 million and US$160 million to build 700 rooms by Moon Palace.