(Oranjestad – November 5 2018).
According to the Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica saw the volume of stopover arrivals increase by 2.7% in September 2018, growing from 131,416 arrivals in September 2017 to 134,910 arrivals in September 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 11.0%, from 77,566 visitors in September 2017 to 86,062 visitors in September 2018. Cruise arrivals decreased by 36.5%, from 132,551 cruise visitors in September 2017 to 84,228 cruise visitors in September 2018.
Through the first nine months of 2018 Jamaica saw a 5.5% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 1,756,673 arrivals in the first nine months of 2017 to 1,852,482 arrivals in the same nine months of 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 7.7% in the first nine months of 2018, growing from 1,141,001 arrivals in 2017 to 1,229,133 arrivals in the same nine months of 2018. The number of cruise visitors decreased by 0.5% in the first nine months of 2018, falling from 1,330,343 cruise visitors in 2017 to 1,324,063 cruise visitors in 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.