Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says he’s expecting big things in tourism over the next decade.
He says in 2020, Jamaica’s tourism product is on track to outperform it’s already record-setting numbers.
Mr. Bartlett was addressing a gathering for the arrival of LATAM airlines inaugural flight between Peru and Montego Bay earlier this month.
The LATAM flights will bring Jamaica closer to its target of increasing South American arrivals into Jamaica to 60-thousand by 2021.
Minister Bartlett also says Jamaica has become the single most connected English-speaking destination in the Americas outside of the United States and Canada.
He told the media that Jamaica will also be going after new markets in 2020, namely Japan and India.
Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett is to leave the island on Sunday for Nepal to conclude discussions around a new secondary facility for the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre.
The Centre, which is headquartered here in Jamaica at the University of West Indies, aims to help tourism-dependent nations recovering from disasters.
Minister Bartlett is Co-Chairman of the facility.
He says the visit is significant as it will coincide with the country’s campaign ‘Return of Nepal’ that marks their recovery from a powerful ‘rainstorm’ which killed at least 28 and injured more than 11-hundred people last year.
The Satellite Centre will join another in Kenya and others to be established, South Africa, Nigeria and Morocco.
The Minister is expected to return to Jamaica the following Sunday.