Jamaica Recovers from COVID-19 Downturn in All Major Tourism Markets

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica has recovered from its COVID-19 downturn in all major markets to where a record 283,000 airline seats are now expected out of Canada for the upcoming winter tourist season.

Mr. Bartlett, who is currently in Canada meeting with travel partners and other tourism interests, said it is an “amazing” reversal of fortune coming out of the island’s second largest visitor market (behind the United States).

“So far, we have been successful in commitments that will see the number of airline seats increased by 26,000 more than was recorded in 2019, pre-COVID,” the Minister told JIS News on November 15.

Mr. Bartlett said that major travel partners such as Air Canada Vacations, WestJet, Transat and Sunwing have confirmed the commitments, adding that “the recovery is real… much quicker than anybody would have predicted”.

“COVID-19 has certainly taken its toll over the past two years, plunging the global markets, notably tourism, in a frighteningly long period of uncertainty. We have been extremely blessed to see a quicker-than-predicted recovery and we are not about to sit on our laurels where we can be caught napping,” the Minister said.

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