Christmas Tourist Arrivals Hit Record High

Jamaica registered record stopover arrivals during the Christmas season, with history-making numbers of 60,886 tourists visiting the island between December 22 and 28. During the same period last year, the country welcomed 52,000 visitors. The latest numbers mark an 11.2 per cent increase over 2015, putting the country on track for significant growth in the sector, says Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. In line with the growth, revenue is up nine per cent over 2015, from January to November, with stopover earnings at US$2.13 billion, 5.8 per cent over last year, and cruise shipping at US$132.7 million, 12.7 per cent over the same period. “Gross earning is US$2.3 billion, or 6.2 per cent, firmly on track to surpass all previous records,… Read More

The President’s New Year Message

Happy New Year and warmest greetings as we begin 2017! The past year, 2016, has been another challenging but successful year for the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and NMIA Airports Ltd (NMIAL). Many would highlight that the preceding year, 2015, could be considered a “dream year” for the organization, filled with major developments and achievements such as: The smooth transition of organizational leadership (President and CEO) in March 2015; Visits by major heads of states, led by the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, in April 2015; Strong traffic growth of 7% for fiscal year 2014/15 from a cumulative decline of 15% over the previous 4 years; Phenomenal improvement in Airports Council International (ACI) – Airport… Read More

KINGSTON, Jamaica — New York Times has designated Kingston as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017

24. (on the list) Kingston, Jamaica The capital of Jamaica furthers its case as cultural destination, not just a stopover to the beach. Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston’s first new hotel in over a decade, or the SoHo-style Spanish Court Hotel, which has added a second pool, and will open its Montego Bay branch in the summer. Eat like an Olympic legend at Usain Bolt’s restaurant Tracks & Records, or get all things jerk at the latest hot spot Chateau 7 Gourmet Jerk Centre. Take in old-school reggae at the One World Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival,launched this November; at the newly opened Peter Tosh Museum, honoring the former Wailer; or at one of the dub music parties… Read More