Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says since its borders reopened in June, they have welcomed 300,000 visitors yielding some US$150 million.
According to Bartlett, if the current arrival trend is sustained over the winter season, then about 30% of the 170,000 workers directly employed in the tourism industry should return to work.
In the meantime, tourist arrivals in Dominica have declined by 70 – 75% since its borders were reopened on July 15. According to Dominica’s Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, some 4,100 persons have visited since July, far below the 9,000 visitors in February alone. Mr. Piper added that “we have looked at our competitors as well and they are in mid60’s to high 70’s in decline as well.” (LOOP) (JO)
Extract from CARICOM BUSINESS Newsletter Vol 3 No 50
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