Jamaica Tourism earned around US$2 billion

Published on : Friday, September 1, 2017

Jamaica tourism ministerTourism Minister of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett said that Jamaica tourism has earned more than US$2 billion in the first eight months.



Bartlett reported that at about 8.3 per cent more than the amount is earned for the similar period last year.



The figures quoted by the tourism minister Edmund Bartlett indicated that the stopover visitor arrivals for the eight-month period will be reached about 2.8 million.



The tourism minister also said that the arrival of the cruise visitor has increased about 5.1 per cent during the period.



With the earning of the tourism has reaching record levels, Bartlett said that the focus is now having the increase of the portion of the earnings that remains in the local economy.



Edmund Bartlett also said that the Tourism Linkages Council has been mandated to enhance the  value-added offerings in the tourism sector, so that the retention rate can be increased from the current rate of around $0.30 to $0.50 out of every dollar that is earned.



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