Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says the island’s tourist arrivals are returning to 2019 levels.

In a statement yesterday, Mr. Bartlett said the sector is back on track with another record weekend of stopover arrivals.

Close to 35,000 visitors arrived through the Sangster and Norman Manley international airports combined, between Thursday, March 10 and Sunday March 13.

The number tops the combined thirty thousand arrivals the previous weekend, with Sangster International accounting for twenty seven thousand visitors.

The minister says Jamaica continues to be the destination of choice in the Caribbean and based on projections, Minister Bartlett is expecting March to be the strongest in terms of arrivals since the pandemic disrupted worldwide tourism in 2020.

Mr. Bartlett is projecting in excess of two-hundred thousand persons coming to Jamaica for the month.

He noted that the tourism sector should begin to rebound at an even faster rate as the Jamaican economy continues to open up with the continued relaxation of Covid-19 measures, whilst at the same time maintaining basic health and safety protocols.