Tag: tourism


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 […]


Jamaica Looking To Tap Into Golf Tourism

Jamaica is looking to revitalize and tap into the potential of the sport of golf to attract visitors to the island, to boost the tourism industry and economy. The global golf tourism market, where people take trips with the main purpose of playing the sport, is valued over US$17 billion, according to the International Association of Golfing Tour Operators (IAGTO). […]


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 […]


Jamaica Wins Top Prizes at World Travel Awards

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says that while brand Jamaica has traditionally done well on the international stage, receiving several accolades at the World Travel Awards during an ongoing pandemic was a major milestone. Speaking to reporters following the 29th World Travel Awards held at Sandals Montego Bay on August 31, Mr. Bartlett said it was a reminder that […]


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 […]


Jamaica Set To Collaborate With The Cayman Islands On Tourism

Among the areas being examined for cooperation are multi-destination tourism, airlift, enhancing border protocols, rationalizing airspace as well as resilience building. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure during a meeting on Wednesday with members of a special delegation from the Cayman Islands. Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett has called for players in the private sector to develop a special tourism package […]


Renewed Call For Caribbean Visa

 Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is again calling for the implementation of a Caribbean visa regime that will allow for ease of movement within the region for tourist purposes. “We are going to have to decide if we are going to create freedom of movement within the Caribbean, and in doing so, are we going to establish a special […]



Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says the implementation of a regional visa regime among CARICOM nations has huge economic potential for tourism recovery and development in the region. “A regional visa regime is something that we’ve been talking about. I think if we are to build Caribbean tourism, then we must recognize that as individual states, we are too […]


Collaboration Integral To Tourism Recovery In The Region – Bartlett

While calling for the implementation of a single-use visa for visitors, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has reiterated that partnership and the implementation of a multi-destination tourism framework, are necessary to boost the recovery of tourism in the Caribbean. Addressing the “first ever Caribbean Saudi Arabia Summit” in the Dominican Republic today (July 7), Minister Bartlett stressed that “as […]


Jamaicans Set To Get Cruise Ship Jobs

The Ministry of Tourism is looking to tap into the local labor force to identify, recruit and deploy at least 10,000 of 90,000 workers required in the global cruise industry. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the demand stems from a shortage of workers occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of tourism activities worldwide, which resulted in a reduction in […]