Jamaica Expected to Welcome 4.12 Million Visitors for 2023

  • The Ministry of Tourism estimates that Jamaica should record 4,122,100 visitor arrivals from January to December 2023. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett said this would represent a 23.7% increase over the 2022 figure.
  • Of this number, 2,875,549 are expected to be stopover visitors, representing a 16% increase over the number recorded last year.
  • Additionally, Minister. Bartlett expects to end the year with 1,246,551 cruise passengers, representing a 46.1% increase over the tally for 2022.
  • A breakdown of these estimated revenues, specifically including direct inflows to the government’s coffers, are Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) fees, which go to the Consolidated Fund, US$57.5Mn or J$8.9bn.
  • There is also the Departure Tax of US$100.6Mn or J$15.6Bn; Airport Improvement Fees – US$28.8Mn or J$4.47Bn; Airline Passenger Levy – US$57.5Mn or J$8.9Bn; Passenger Fees and Charges – US$69Mn or J$10.7Bn; and the Guest Accommodation Room Tax (GART) – US$22.6Mn or J$3.5Mn.
  • The influx of visitors is expected to generate US$4.3Bn in tourism earnings for 2023, representing a projected increase of 17.8% over total inflows for 2022 and a 17.2% spike over the out-turn for the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

(Source:  JIS)