Tourism has become the leading contributor to Jamaica’s economic growth.

That’s according to Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, who was speaking at the 15th anniversary celebration of Sunset at the Palms Resort in Negril yesterday.

According to Minister Bartlett, Jamaica has welcomed an unprecedented seven hundred thousand more visitors over the last three years.

He says the island is set to earn $3.7 billion dollars from tourism by the end of the year.

According to a statement from the Tourism Ministry, the Jamaica Tourist Board is forecasting 7% growth in stopover arrivals for September to December.

This would bring arrivals for the 2019 calendar year to $2.68-million and earnings to nearly US$3.5 billion.

The Ministry says data also show that overall, Jamaica’s winter season is trending strong with the Canadian market up by 29-thousand new seats.

It says the United States is also showing double digit growth, and South America and the Caribbean are doing well.

With stopover and cruise arrivals combined, the island is expected to welcome more than 4.3 million visitors by the end of the year.