Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica recorded a major increase in stopover arrivals over the Easter holiday weekend.

He says the island registered the highest number of visitors since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to preliminary data from the Jamaica Tourist Board, JTB, the island recorded nearly 15 thousand visitors to the island between April 1 and April 5.

Over thirteen thousand of those visitors entered the island via the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

The Minister says year to date, Jamaica has welcomed some two-hundred and 10 thousand passengers to the island.

Over one-hundred and 60 thousand of that number were tourists.

Minister Bartlett says information coming in regarding future bookings is also heartening.

However, he says it’s important that the country continues to be vigilant in the fight against COVID-19.

Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism.

He was speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.