Jamaica

Tourists Swarm Jamaica Despite The COVID-19 Pandemic

Tourists are not prepared to say no to Jamaica, and the numbers don’t lie.

The country has now welcomed over one million stopover visitors post its travel ban in June 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Jamaica is the only English-speaking Caribbean country to have welcomed over one million stopover visitors since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the lifting of the travel restriction, the country has generated just over US$1.5 billion in foreign exchange earnings from the tourism industry.

Tourism Minister Ed. Bartlett has lauded the level of visitors’ confidence in the island as a tourism destination, as well as the country’s health and safety protocols to contain the spread of COVID-19.

According to a JIS report, the Minister noted that Jamaica has demonstrated to the global tourism market that it is “managing this pandemic well”.

“The training that we did with our workers, the provision of personal protective equipment and also… the infrastructure needed in hotels and everywhere else, [certifying] our properties based on the [level of] compliance with COVID-19 protocols and establishing the [resilient] corridor, which was a huge game changer, really enhanced the confidence that the market had in us,” he reportedly said.

He also noted that the over 50,000 tourism workers who were laid off because of the pandemic crisis are now back on the job.

“So, when we examine what tourism has done, [it] gives me a sense of pride that, in this quarter under review, tourism arrivals and earnings increased [significantly]. So, we have no doubt as to the impact of tourism,” Mr. Bartlett said.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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