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How Many People Visited Jamaica in 2014

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 6, 2015

Above: Jamaica (CJ Photo)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Jamaica received just over 2.08 million stayover tourist arrivals in 2014, according to newly-released data from the Ministry of Tourism.

That represented a 3.6 percent increase over 2013, when the country topped 2 million visitors for the first time.

The growth was buoyed by a 10.7 percent increase in tourism out of Europe and a 5.2 percent increase from Canada, along with a 2 percent increase from the United States.

Jamaica also welcomed 1.42 million cruise visitors, a 12.5 percent increase over 2014.

“So, in total, Jamaica welcomed some 3.5 million visitors to the island in 2014,” Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill said.

That led to about $2.2 billion in tourism sector earnings last year, he said.

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