jamaica ritz carlton

Jamaica Tourism Surging So Far in 2018

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 27, 2018

By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

Jamaica is reporting a big increase in visitor arrivals to the island for the first two months of the year.

The announcement came from Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett at a cocktail reception at the Terra Nova in Kingston this weekend.

“We ended January at 12 percent over last year, and February is still going ahead of last year,” Bartlett said.

The reception was hosted by the Jamaica Tourist Board in celebration of Minister Bartlett being named Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year 2017 by Caribbean Journal.

Data from the JTB showed that a record 4.3 million tourists visited Jamaica in 2017, providing a revenue flow of $3 billion.

our partners, and they are understanding that what we are doing is to maintain Jamaica

Bartlett said that the tourism industry is a “significant driver” of Jamaica’s economy, noting that it has been the fastest growing sector, and the largest contributor to GDP, over the last 10 years.

He said the industry employs 10 percent of the global workforce, and accounts for more than 30 percent of trade in services.

“Tourism today has become a mammoth industry, that has been embraced by more than 79 countries,” he said.

Popular Posts cape santa maria

From Anguilla to Aruba, the Best Caribbean Beaches to Visit This Summer

Forget the Hamptons, forget Santorini. And Florida? There’s a reason snowbirds go home in the summer. If you’re looking for a summertime beach getaway, the Caribbean is it. The water is deliciously warm, the trade winds keep you cool and […]

From Belize to Grenada, 10 Little Caribbean Beach Resorts to Visit Right Now 


There are different resorts for different vacations, different tastes, different moods. For some, there’s something delicious about a pint-sized, tiny Caribbean resort, where the emphasis is on the intimate, the serene. Where the soundtrack isn’t a piped-in DJ set, but […]

The Winners of the 2024 Caribbean Green Awards 

caribbean green

With almost 20,000 votes, the winners of the Caribbean Green Awards 2024 Presented by E-Finity have been crowned.  From state-of-the-art marine conservation projects to hotels that are redefining sustainability, the Green movement has never been stronger in the Caribbean.  “This […]

Related Posts hammock cove in antigua

Which Caribbean Islands (And Hotels) Are Hot Right Now, According to Travel Agents

As the summer season approaches, travelers have lots of questions, from how to avoid overly expensive flights to where to stay. Several Caribbean and Mexico travel specialists recently shared their outlook for the summer season and some tips and advice […]

This Grenada Resort Has a New Executive Chef 

grenada resort with pool inside room

If you know Grenada, you know Calabash, the luxury boutique hotel that’s always set a standard for culinary excellence on the island.  The beachfront resort is now upping its game again, with the recent appointment of a new executive chef, […]

For the First Time, JetBlue Is Adding Mint Service to Puerto Rico 

jetblue puerto rico lie-flat seats

For some of JetBlue’s longer flights to the Caribbean — think New York to Aruba, for example — the carrier has been offering its premium Mint cabin service for years.  One destination, however, has never had it: Puerto Rico, despite being […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You