Jamaica Welcomes 2017’s 4-millionth Visitor Today

Jamaica is expecting to receive its 4-millionth visitor to the island for this year, today.

The figure would represent a landmark number of arrivals for Jamaica in a single year.

The industry is also expected to bring in record earnings of USD$3-billion this year.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says he’ll be welcoming the 4-millionth visitor at the Sangster International Airport today.

Minister Bartlett says this would make tourism the country’s top-earning industry.

He says growth in tourism this year is the best it’s been in over ten years.

Minister Bartlett was speaking on Nationwide’s Passport to Paradise yesterday.

Tourism arrivals first passed the 3-million mark in 2006, after growing nearly 16-percent that year.

However, the number of visitors fell in subsequent years, and didn’t surpass 3-million again until 2011. Since then the country, has consistently received over 3-million visitors a year, with substantial growth each year.

Last year, Jamaica welcomed 3.8 million visitors.