Tourism Industry Continues to Record Unprecedented Growth

Story Highlights The tourism industry continues to record unprecedented growth, with a 9.1 per cent increase in stopover arrivals for the first eight months of 2019. Mr. White was speaking at the 2019 Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) Media Breakfast at the Half Moon Hotel, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday, September 10. The tourism industry continues to record unprecedented growth, with a 9.1 per cent increase in stopover arrivals for the first eight months of 2019.Director of Tourism, Donovan White, points out that up to August 31, 2019, Jamaica recorded 1.8 million in stopover arrivals, achieving a revenue inflow of US$2.39 billion, which is a 12 per cent growth in earnings over the same period last year.Mr. White was speaking at the 2019 Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) Media Breakfast at the Half Moon Hotel, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday, September 10.“We are experiencing record growth numbers, receiving global recognition like never before and undergoing major developments,” he said.According to the Director, Jamaica is poised to generate approximately US$3.5 billion in tourism earnings from stopover arrivals for 2019, a 12 per cent increase in revenue inflow over 2018.He added that just under 2.7 million stopover tourists are expected to visit the island by the end of 2019, an increase of 8.5 per cent.“Based on our projections, we forecast an uptick in stopover arrivals in the short term between September and December 2019 of about seven per cent, which will see us receiving some 807,000 more visitors for 2019 over 2018,” Mr. White said.Meanwhile, he pointed out that airlifts from the United States continue to grow, and will result in continued growth in tourist arrivals for Jamaica.“We continue to work with our airline partners in a major way in 2019. In New York and Detroit, American Airlines and Delta Airlines are hedging their bets for growth in the region by opening new direct services from these cities in December 2019. More than 60 per cent of our visitors today come from the United States, and approximately 40 per cent of those come from the northeast seaboard of the United States,” he noted.“The announcement of daily flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Montego Bay by American Airlines is the most aggressive push by the airline in the last five years to service the Jamaican market. From Detroit, similar to New York, the announcement of daily service to Montego Bay by Delta Airlines is a welcome lift for the Midwest and will allow the destination to grow year round,” Mr. White added.He said Jamaica has also garnered interest from two airline partners to operate from Moscow, Russia, to Montego Bay.Hosted by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), JAPEX, which runs from September 9 to 11, sees JHTA members (suppliers), including hotels and attractions, meeting with overseas hospitality and tourism industry wholesalers (buyers) and travel agents to showcase their businesses and negotiate and confirm rates for winter 2019 and beyond.This year’s event boasts 81 registered buyers with 117 delegates, an increase over last year’s registration. In terms of suppliers, 91 companies have registered with 220 delegates. Director of Tourism, Donovan White, points out that up to August 31, 2019, Jamaica recorded 1.8 million in stopover arrivals, achieving a revenue inflow of US$2.39 billion, which is a 12 per cent growth in earnings over the same period last year. read more

State Minister Says Government Firm On Protection Of Environment

Story Highlights The State Minister told the forum that there is a policy for a “protected zone” around the Cockpit Country, where there can “be absolutely no mining”. Delivering the keynote address at the Youth for Sustainable Development (Y4SD) 2019 Conference, at JAMPRO in St. Andrew today (September 27), Mr. Terrelonge cited the imposition of a ban on single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene as a clear commitment to ensure that young people will benefit from current economic development that is sustainable. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says the Government is firm in its protection of the environment to achieve sustainable development.Delivering the keynote address at the Youth for Sustainable Development (Y4SD) 2019 Conference, at JAMPRO in St. Andrew today (September 27), Mr. Terrelonge cited the imposition of a ban on single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene as a clear commitment to ensure that young people will benefit from current economic development that is sustainable.The State Minister told the forum that there is a policy for a “protected zone” around the Cockpit Country, where there can “be absolutely no mining”.“This is how we are going to protect our environment for you, the next generation,” he said.Mr. Terrelonge also underscored that protection of the environment must be the business of young people, by playing the role of environmental advocates.He said the youth must give greater focus on renewable energy and recycling, and to everything to protect the environment.Mr. Terrelonge pointed out that a number of the policies that have been implemented are geared at better management of the green and blue economies.“We have to be concerned with the future that we leave for you. That is something that you too must be concerned with, because you want to ensure that your voice is heard advocating for sustainable development,” he said.The State Minister said the youth must have an interest in “life-changing issues” and should understand and scrutinise what is done by their elected officials.He encouraged his audience to help in preserving a future where development and sustainability work for them, adding that “we are able to have a prosperous future without compromising our natural resources”.The two-day event is being held under the theme ‘See the Road to 2030: Vision 2030 – Partnership, Purpose, Prosperity’.Y4SD is a non-profit movement of young professionals who take pride in supporting the sustainable development of Jamaica, in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Vision 2030 National Development Agenda. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says the Government is firm in its protection of the environment to achieve sustainable development. read more