Updated on May 29, 2023 by Axel Hernborg

Axel Hernborg

Almost everyone has heard of Jamaica and wanted to visit this Caribbean island. Their population has grown to more than 2.83 million people. Jamaica is also known for encompassing the Greater Antilles, while also being the third-biggest island in the tropical paradise known as the Caribbean.

The capital of Jamaica is the city of Kingston. This upper-middle-income country has a thriving tourism industry. With more than 4.3 million visitors taking to the skies to visit this great country, you can see why tourism is such a good source of income.

This island paradise is the fourth-most populated country in the Caribbean. On top of that, it is also the third-most populous anglophone country in the Americas. If you exclude Canada and the United States, of course.

Jamaica’s northern shore includes many fantastic communities, some of which include the following: Port Antonio, Negril, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay. These areas are known to see the majority of the tourism activity in Jamaica.

Over half of Jamaica’s overall foreign exchange revenues and employs roughly one-fourth of the country’s workforce.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit a few years ago, there were resilient corridor systems that were enforced. These corridors restricted tourism, but they were installed as a safety precaution for the public.

As 2023 rolled around, the pandemic train slowed down significantly. Many of the COVID-19 guidelines were set aside, and tourism almost returned to the way it was before.

In this article, we are going to go over some of the most significant statistics and trends for Jamaican tourism.

Jamaica Tourism Statistics And Trends

In this section, we are going to have a look at some of the most relevant tourism statistics and trends. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in and get started!

  1. Stopover arrivals year to date stand at 1.2 million. When cruise shipping resumed in August, Jamaica there had been more than 36,000 cruise passengers, which earned the U.S. $1.5-billion.
  2. The total number of visitor arrivals was estimated to be about 3.2 million at the end of the year 2022. Cruise passengers accounted for 1.1 million. Stopover arrivals on the other hand had 2.1 million, while earnings are projected at US$3.3 billion.
  3. The Jamaican tourism sector is projected to surpass pre-pandemic figures by the time 2024 comes around.
  4. Total air traffic to Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2023 remained high with January reporting 448,400, February reporting 410,700, March reporting 491,300, and April reporting 454,400.
  5. Air Traffic to Kingston, Jamaica in 2023 also remained high with January to April numbers at 5400,900.
  6. In 2023, the three most prominent countries that had stopover arrivals in Jamaica included the following: The USA with 311,998, Canada with 85,610, and the UK with 34,205.
  7. The central bank of Jamaica left its benchmark interest rate on hold at 7% in its May 2023 meeting.
  8. The annual inflation rate in Jamaica eased to 5.8 percent in April 2023 from 6.2 percent in the months before.
  9. Between March 3rd and March 6th, Jamaica had approximately 27,000 visitors, which officials say is the highest number for any one single day since Jamaica reopened for tourists in June 2020.
  10. Jamaica had more than 1.54 million overnight visitors in 2021.
  11. Jamaica Tourist Arrivals are set to reach 2,500,300 Arrivals by 2026 from 2,127,200 Arrivals, which is anticipated to be down by 11.1% per year. Since 2000, the demand rose 3.2% year-on-year attaining 2,499,200,000 Arrivals.
  12. Jamaica’s Tourism Receipt is set to reach $382,710,000 by 2026 from $322,390,000, which will fall by 4.8% per year.
  13. Jamaica’s tourism brought in 1.20 billion dollars in 1995, accounting for 18.23% of the country’s GDP.
  14. A budget-friendly trip could cost around $500-$700 per person for a 3-night stay, while a mid-range trip could cost around $1,000-$1,500 per person for a 5-night stay.
  15. $2,060,000,000.00 was generated in Jamaica as a result of tourism alone in 2011. This number is a 1.67% decrease from 2010.
  16. Before COVID-19, there were 4,233,000 international tourists visiting Jamaica per year. This number decreased to 1329700 visitors when the pandemic hit.
  17. In March 2023, the inflation rate for Jamaica was 6.1 %. The inflation rate of Jamaica fell gradually from 11.8 % in April 2022 to 6.1 % in March 2023.
  18. In 2023, the most popular tourist location in Jamaica was Montego Bay.
  19. In 2023 Jamaica will be the third most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean.
  20. 3.10 billion dollars were spent in Jamaica in the year 2020 as a result of tourism alone.
  21. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 the number of foreign tourists in Jamaica went down to approximately 1.3 million per year. That is less than the 900 thousand foreign tourists per year.
  22. ADR increased by 6.3% from $363.25 in 2022 to $385.97 in 2023 while Revpar grew by 11.1%, from $260.57 in 2022 to $289.48 in 2023.
  23. Room demand decreased by 2.8%, falling from 1,277,800 room nights in April 2022 to 1,242,100 room nights in April 2023 while room supply was almost unchanged at 1,680,900 available room nights.
  24. Statewide hotel room occupancy dropped by 2.0 percentage points from 75.9% in April 2022 to 73.9% in April 2023.
  25. Stopover visitors from the USA totalled 156,965 in February 2023, 68.7% of all stopover arrivals.
  26. In The first two months of 2023 Jamaica saw a 55.5% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 294,612 stopover arrivals in the first two months of 2022 to 457,996 arrivals in the same two months of 2023.
  27. Jamaica saw the total number of passenger movements at Montego Bay Airport increase by 13.0% in April 2023, growing from 402,200 total movements in April 2022 to 454,500 movements in April 2023.
  28. Jamaica re-opened its ports to cruise ships in August 2021 and received 147,633 cruise passengers in December 2022.
  29. During calendar year (CY) 2022 Jamaica saw a 69.2% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 1,464,399 stopover arrivals in CY 2021 to 2,478,386 arrivals in the same twelve months of 2022.
  30. Through the first eleven months of 2022, Jamaica saw a 77.8% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals.
  31. Flights from Barbados to Barbuda, taxes, and fees represent 56 percent of the ticket price, and 42 percent from the Bahamas to Jamaica, the same as from St. Lucia to Trinidad and Tobago.
  32. Multiple upcoming investment projects which will see the addition of 15,000 to 20,000 new rooms with the investment of US$4 billion to US$5 billion.
  33. In the year 2020, tourists from overseas spent about 1.3 billion US dollars on their holiday in Jamaica. That is a 65% decrease from the year before.
  34. The Tourism Ministry’s growth plan aims to have the island draw 5 million tourists annually by 2025. That is a 35% increase to the peak number of tourists, 3.7 million, in 2022.
  35. New markets are being targeted for Jamaican Tourism. The main two include Asian tourists and Middle Eastern Tourists. Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Because of this, airports must be updated to accommodate long-haul flights and more tourists.
  36. Jamaica experienced an almost 100% spike in tourists visiting their country after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
  37. The unemployment rate in Jamaica increased to 6.6 % in the third quarter of 2022. The maximum rate was 16.5 % and the minimum was 7.2 %.
  38. According to the Tourism Ministry, there is a growth plan that aims to draw 5 million tourists to Jamaica annually by 2025.
  39. In 2019, before the pandemic, the airport processed 4.7 million passengers, including citizens and visitors.
  40. Most of Jamaica’s travel restrictions were lifted in March 2022. There was a curfew, but this is no longer enforced in Jamaica. Travel Authorization is also no longer needed.
  41. As of 2023, foreign travellers, regardless of vaccination status, can now enter Jamaica without quarantine.
  42. As of March 2022, resilient corridors no longer apply in Jamaica.
  43. The cost of COVID-19 tests will vary from $60 to $100 for antigen tests and from $150 to $230 for PCR tests. The United States accepts both of these test types.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you have enjoyed reading this article and learning about Jamaican statistics and trends. Discovering facts and stats from the past can really help you to plan your trip.

It can help you get an idea of what was popular, average prices, how profitable the industry was, how much you can expect to spend, and more.

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