AFRICANGLOBE – Jamaica welcomed more than 20,000 visitors to its shores yesterday via the Sangster International Airport and by sea at the Montego Freeport, as well as the Falmouth and Ocho Rios Cruise Ports.
“It was a joy to see all three major cruise ports being very active, with Montego Bay welcoming 6,600 visitors, the new Falmouth Pier saw 5,500 visitors while Ocho Rios welcomed 3,500. In addition, over 5,000 visitors arrived at the Sangster International Airport,” Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett told the closing session of the 4th annual Tourism Outlook Seminar at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay today.
Tourists in Falmouth, Trelawny earlier this month.
Bartlett promised that if the upward trend in visitor arrivals continued that “more Jamaicans will see the full impact of the industry in their communities.”
He told the seminar yesterday that Jamaica had seen a 5.6 per cent increase in stop over arrivals in Jamaica during the 2010-2011 Winter Tourist Season, which ended on April 15. The increase exceeded growth projections of between four and five per cent in visitor arrivals.
The minister also announced that Jamaica recorded a 9.6 per cent increase in cruise arrivals during the winter tourist season, over the same period in 2010.