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Jamaica — 20,000 New Rooms For Tourism Sector

Approximately 20,000 new rooms are set to come on stream over the next five to 10 years, says Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett provided an update on the investment projects while opening the 2023/24 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently. The Minister pointed out that these additional rooms will be located in all the parishes. […]


Jamaica to Launch First-Ever Global Tourism Resilience Institute

Jamaica will once again prove itself a pioneer when it launches the first-ever Global Tourism Resilience Institute in February. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett made the announcement while addressing the recent launch of the Global Tourism Resilience Conference. The conference will be hosted at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew from February 15 to 17. […]


Jamaica Poised To Generate Record Tourism Earnings Of US$5 Billion In 2023

Jamaica is poised to generate a projected US$5 billion in earnings from tourism for the 2023 calendar year, based on the current trend in the industry’s out-turns, according to Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. He says the country is also expected to welcome five million visitors in 2024, one year ahead of the initial target timeline. The Minister was addressing […]


Jamaica — Tourism Earnings To Exceed US$4 Billion This Year

Jamaica’s tourism earnings are expected to be “significantly higher” this year, exceeding pre-COVID-19 levels, says Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. “We are looking now at earning in excess of US$4 billion this year, which would exceed 2019 figures by US$500 million to US$600 million,” he noted. He said that visitors’ arrival, including from cruises, are projected to be above three million, which is similar […]


Public Order Must Be Taken Seriously – Minister Bartlett

Jamaicans are being urged to take public order seriously, as blatantly disregarding it poses an existential threat to both tourism and the wider community. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett made the appeal while addressing stakeholders in Negril, following the recent unveiling of a new welcome sign in the resort town. Mr. Bartlett said disregard for public order is currently the […]


Tourism Recovering Faster Than Anticipated – Minister Bartlett

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the sector is recovering at a faster than anticipated pace. “We projected that we would recover to 2019 levels by 2023/24. We had a mid-year review in Ocho Rios this [past] weekend and I am very pleased to tell you that, to date, we have [had] 1.7 million visitors and they have spent […]


Thousands Of Jamaicans To Be Recruited By Cruise Lines

Beginning June 5, 10,000 Jamaicans will be recruited to work on cruise ships overseas, says Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett, who was speaking to reporters following a function at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on May 27, said the massive recruitment drive comes at a time when the cruise sector and tourism, by extension, are showing signs […]


St. Thomas Set To Get Infrastructure Boost

According to the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, the government will be spending more than US$200 million to develop the infrastructure in St. Thomas to position the parish as a new prime tourism destination. The parish will see the development of Rocky Point Beach, rehabilitation of the road to Bath Fountain Hotel, as well as the leverage of strategic […]


Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Maintains Positive Outlook

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says the investment climate remains positive despite the sector being impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mr. Bartlett said the level of multibillion-dollar investment projects that are now underway or programmed for implementation over the next two years is indicative of investors’ vote of confidence in Jamaica. He said that among the projects completed in 2020 […]


Jamaica To Welcome 4.2 Million Visitors, Earn US$4 Billion By 2024

Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett is projecting that Jamaica will recover sufficiently from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to welcome 4.2 million visitors and generate some US$4 billion in earnings by 2024. He said that the projections are based on the growth trends since the island’s borders were reopened to international travel in June 2020, after being closed […]