Staff, 2022-12-20 10:36:53,
Gaining significant post-outbreak momentum, U.S. travel to Jamaica surged across 2022. Now, the island’s visitor totals are poised to reach historic levels in 2023, top government officials said this past week.
In an address to Sangster International Airport workers, Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s tourism minister, said the country has secured 1.3 million air seats for the first quarter of 2023. Bartlett also anticipates a “full recovery” of the destination’s cruise business, whose post-outbreak capacity (and arrivals) lagged land-based visitor increases.
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“This winter is going to be the best Jamaica has had,” Bartlett said. The Caribbean nation will host 950,000 land-based, overnight visitors and 524,000 cruise passengers in the first quarter of 2023, he predicted.
“So, that makes it pretty close to 1.5 million visitors for the [winter] season, the largest number of visitors we’ve ever had.” The anticipated surge “is going to take us into a 2023 ending that will be way ahead of 2019, so we will be recovering with growth,” Bartlett added.
Jamaica is poised to end 2022 having recovered 97 percent of 2019’s visitor arrival numbers, said Donovan White, Jamaica’s director of tourism.
JTB officials credit U.S. travel advisors with driving Jamaica’s 2022 visitor growth. This past week, the…
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