According to the Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica saw the volume of stopover arrivals increase by 5.1% in November 2018, growing from 187,062 arrivals in November 2017 to 196,546 arrivals in November 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 9.0%, from 114,618 visitors in November 2017 to 124,886 visitors in November 2018. Cruise arrivals decreased by 26.1%, from 234,643 cruise visitors in November 2017 to 173,291 cruise visitors in November 2018.
Through the first eleven months of 2018 Jamaica saw a 5.3% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 2,101,115 stopover arrivals in the first eleven months of 2017 to 2,211,580 arrivals in the same eleven months of 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 7.9% in the first eleven months of 2018, growing from 1,353,303 arrivals in 2017 to 1,460,039 arrivals in the same eleven months of 2018. The number of cruise visitors decreased by 5.6% in the first eleven months of 2018, falling from 1,715,062 cruise visitors in 2017 to 1,619,329 cruise visitors in 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.