Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the sector continues to lead the way as the fastest growing industry after the COVID 19 pandemic because the country has been able to respond to the strong demand for tourism.

He was speaking today at the Jamaica Health and Wellness Tourism Conference.

The Minister says for the quarter that ended the growth for the tourism industry in the recently concluded was three or four times higher than any other sector.

Yesterday, the Planning Institute of Jamaica, PIOJ, said Jamaica remains on a solid growth trajectory despite global economic challenges.

For the recently concluded July to September Quarter, the country saw 4.3 per cent growth driven primarily by continued gains in tourism.

As represented by Hotels and Restaurants that section of the economy recorded an improvement of nearly 30 per cent.

It’s a similar picture for the first nine months of the year.

Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett says Jamaica is in a very commanding position to capitalise on health and wellness tourism.

Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minster.

And, Minister Bartlett in providing an update on the divestment of Jamaica’s two popular mineral spas says consultations were held last month with potential investors.

The two facilities are the Milk River mineral spa in Clarendon and Bath mineral spring in St. Thomas.

He noted that there were some legal issues with those who have expressed an interest in the two facilities.

Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister.

The divestment of the mineral spas has been a longstanding agenda item.