Jamaica drawing more visitors this year

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The water slide at Mystic Mountain overlooking the Ocho Rios harbor and cruise port.
The water slide at Mystic Mountain overlooking the Ocho Rios harbor and cruise port.

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 2015.

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