Jamaica sees surge in 2006 arrivals

Visitors to Jamaica increased 17.1% from January through June compared with the same period last year, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board. Preliminary July figures indicated a 22.5% jump over July 2005.

The U.S. contributed the majority of visitors in June, with more than 124,000 arrivals, which represented a 19.8% increase over the same month last year. Airlift and room inventory increases helped account for the surge in arrivals, the JTB said.

The JTB forecast that 200,000 inbound air travelers will arrive between May and December. To help meet demand, expansion and modernization work is under way at airports in Kingston and Montego Bay.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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