Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (2nd r) is seen here with from l – r: Mr. Dan Hamilton, JTB District Sales Manager, Canada; Donovan White, Director of Tourism; Angella Bennett, JTB’s Canada Regional Director and Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor and Strategist, Ministry of Tourism in Toronto, Canada on Friday.
There are further indications this morning that the Jamaica tourism industry is on the rebound.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is reporting that Senior Executives of Canada’s largest airlines have committed to over 50 non-stop flights per week between Canada and Jamaica, starting November 1.
Canada is Jamaica’s second-largest market for tourists and it’s steadily rebounding after suffering for over a year and a half as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The flights will be operated by Air Canada, Westjet, Sunwing, Swoop, and Transat.
Minister Bartlett says the Canadian market is now back to 65-percent of the 2019 levels.
And he says airlift for the winter season is at about 82-percent with roughly 260-thousand seats locked in.
He says with over 80-percent of adults in Canada fully vaccinated, and relative easing of travel restrictions, the Ministry is cautiously optimistic.
Minister Bartlett says the cruise sector is also showing positive signs which he notes could result in what he calls a strong winter rebound for the tourism sector.
Ed Bartlett, Tourism Minister.