According to the Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica saw the volume of stopover arrivals increase by 3.3% in October 2018, growing from 157,380 arrivals in October 2017 to 162,552 arrivals in October 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 8.5%, from 97,684 visitors in October 2017 to 106,020 visitors in October 2018. Cruise arrivals decreased by 18.7%, from 150,076 cruise visitors in October 2017 to 121,975 cruise visitors in October 2018.
Through the first ten months of 2018 Jamaica saw a 5.3% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 1,914,053 stopover arrivals in the first ten months of 2017 to 2,015,034 arrivals in the same ten months of 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 7.8% in the first ten months of 2018, growing from 1,238,685 arrivals in 2017 to 1,335,153 arrivals in the same ten months of 2018. The number of cruise visitors decreased by 2.3% in the first ten months of 2018, falling from 1,480,419 cruise visitors in 2017 to 1,446,038 cruise visitors in 2018.
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Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.