Tourism Full Steam Ahead In Jamaica With Ships, AirBnBs, & New Hotels. – The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer

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Approximately 1,500 new jobs are to come on stream in the tourism industry with the opening of two new hotels in Western Jamaica, the Jamaica Government Information Service has announced.

Jamaica’s tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, made the disclosure as he opened the 2024/25 sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on April 30.

Mr. Bartlett said that the new positions will result from the completion of more than 2,000 new rooms this year.

“We will open… 750 rooms at RIU, Trelawny, and later in the month of May, we will open [the Princess Grand Jamaica] in Green Island [Hanover], with 1,000 rooms, and that will provide a new wave of some 1,500 new jobs… for people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett informed that 29 per cent of all the visitors who came to Jamaica stayed in an Airbnb.

“It is a new dynamic business model that is revolutionising the accommodation subsector and is generating income and resources to the ordinary people across the length and breadth of Jamaica,” he pointed out.

Data has indicated that last year, Airbnb generated an estimated $31.8 billion in gross earnings from 1.3 million guest nights.

Preliminary gross earnings from tourism are estimated at a record US$4.38 billion for fiscal year 2023/24 as the sector continues its exponential growth.

Stopover arrivals are projected at 2.96 million, reflecting a 9.4 per cent increase over the previous period, with cruise arrivals expected to reach 1.34 million, up by nine per cent from the previous period in 2022/23.

Minister of Tourism, Ed Bartlett, in announcing the figures  said that the US$4.38 billion in earnings “is the largest revenue flow from tourism in the history of the tourism industry”.

“Several of our communities that were reeling from COVID, as a result of this performance, are now bustling centres of commerce and activity again and are providing more jobs,” he noted.

These results are especially pleasing because in spite  of a current US State Department warning that travel to Jamaica could be risky because of crime and limited access to effective health care, vistors are not being put off and Jamaica is evidently seeing millions of happy visitors.

Source:  Jamaica Government Information Service.

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