Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – VISITORS IN JAMAICA: Jamaica welcomed over 1.2 million visitors during the January to March 2017 quarter.
According to Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, PIOJ, Dr. Wayne Henry, tourists spent an estimated US$759 million dollars in Jamaica.
He said the figures represent increases of 1.7 per cent and 3.7 per cent in arrivals and expenditure, respectively, over the corresponding quarter in 2016.
Dr. Henry was speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the Institute’s New Kingston head office, this week.
He said the total arrivals reflected increases of 0.1 per cent for stopover and 3.2 per cent for cruise-passenger visitors, largely reflecting increased arrivals from Europe and Canada, as arrivals from the United States declined.
He noted that these out-turns spurred 0.3 per cent growth in the hotels and restaurants sector, with stopover visitors accounting for 92.1 per cent of the US$759.3 million in earnings generated, which amounted to US$699.9 million dollars.
The Director General said preliminary data for April 2017 showed a 10.5 per cent increase in stopover airport arrivals and 7.5 per cent for cruise passengers. He said the decline in the arrivals from the United States during the March 2017 quarter was attributed to what he termed, the Easter Effect.
Contributed by Dr. Colin O Jarrett