Sunday, 26 Jun 2022

Jamaica Welcomes One Millionth Guest as Tourism Rebound Continues

Caribbean destination on track to exceed 2019 figures, say officials.


Jamaica Welcomes One Millionth Guest as Tourism Rebound Continues

Jamaica this week welcomed its one-millionth visitor air arriving visitor in 2022, according to Jamaica Ministry of Tourism and Jamaica Tourist Board officials. The visit provides further illustration of Jamaica's strong recovery from earlier pandemic travel restrictions.

The June 15 arrival of first-time Jamaica visitor Brian Simmons aboard JetBlue flight 1479 from New York was celebrated at Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, where an official informed Simmons that as the one-millionth 2022 traveler to Jamaica he will receive an all-expenses-paid return trip.

"This moment is a testament to the confidence that the market shows in Jamaica as well as the strength, resilience and enduring appeal of Jamaica's tourism product as we build back stronger," said Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's minister of tourism.

Bartlett agreed Jamaica is positioned for a strong 2022-2023 season. On June 4, the country welcomed new service into Sangster International from Austin, Texas, with new Saturday flights.

Bartlett said the new service marks "the strengthening of relations with the southeastern region of U.S. market," part of "building capacity to drive the arrival numbers and develop a more robust route in the future."

He added, "The projection for summer 2022 is that arrival numbers will be higher than the corresponding period in 2019. Based on bookings we are well ahead of 2019."

Bartlett emphasized that Jamaica's early work to establish a Global Resilience Center based in Montego Bay was crucial to the country's ability to tackle the pandemic.

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