Jamaica’s visitor total of 2.08 million air and sea visitors
for the first half of the year was a 7.5% increase year over year, according to
the Jamaica Tourist Board.
The numbers put Jamaica firmly on the path to welcoming at least four
million visitors this year, which would be up from 3.7 million in 2015, according to Minister
of Tourism Edmund Bartlett.
The U.S. market contributed to the bulk of the growth with a
5.6% increase, with Texas visitors leading the pack.
The island benefitted from a 14.2% surge in cruise arrivals
in the first six months, totaling 949,883 passengers. Stayover numbers were up
2.5% to 1.1 million arrivals.
The bulk of stayover visitors flocked to resorts in Montego
Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril and stayed an average of eight nights, the same as in