Jamaica is a Caribbean island republic with a population of about 2.9 million people. It encompasses the Greater Antilles and the Caribbean’s third-largest island. With a population of 2.9 million people, Jamaica is the fourth-most populated country in the Caribbean and the third-most populous Anglophone country in the Americas (after the United States and Canada). Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica.

Jamaica is an upper-middle-income country with a tourism-dependent economy; it receives 4.3 million visitors per year on average. The tourist industry accounts for more than half of Jamaica’s overall foreign exchange revenues and employs roughly one-fourth of the country’s workforce. The island’s northern shore, which includes the communities of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Port Antonio, as well as Negril on the island’s western point, see the most tourist activity.

As the pandemic unfolded over the previous two years, Jamaica touristy officials put in place a resilient corridors system that restricted visitors to the country’s most popular tourist areas, as well as a Jamaica, Cares campaign of Covid health and safety precautions. Government and tourism authorities credited the regulations with allowing the country to rapidly regain its tourism momentum following two years of travel bans and restrictions. Jamaica’s tourism sector is expected to approach pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024, according to Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. The officials further observed March 2022 as a successful month after the pandemic with current tourist bookings.

Jamaica Tourism Statistics

  1. Jamaica tourism brought in 1.20 billion dollars in 1995, accounting for 18.23% of the country’s GDP.
  2. At the time, this equated to approximately 1.75 million tourists or $684 per person.
  3. The country’s tourist reliance has increased marginally during the last 23 years with revenue today totaling 3.10 billion USD, accounting for 19.70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in the year 2018 of the study.
  4. The average cost of a vacation in Jamaica is 718 USD, as observed in 2018.
  5. The corridors account for 80% of Jamaica’s tourism output, which comprises hotels and resorts, as well as attractions and activities.
  6. The tourist industry in Jamaica generated $2,060,000,000.00 in 2011, a 1.67 percent decrease from 2010.
  7. According to the Jamaica tourism board, the average per person travel expenditure was observed to be $1298.81 in 2019, which is an increase from the previous year’s figures ($1262.17).
  8. The average cruise expenditure is USD 100.49 in 2019 showed a little gain than 2018 which was USD 99.68.
  9. International tourists arriving in Jamaica are 4,233,000 in 2019 suddenly decreased in 2020 due to COVID-19 with 1329700 visitors.
  10. Inflation in Jamaica fell to 3.91 percent in 2019, implying that a package of products costing 100 Jamaican dollars in 2019 is expected to cost 103.91 dollars in 2020.
  11. This rate is expected to remain around 5% in the medium term, down from 4.38 percent in 2017.
  12. In December, tourist arrivals in Jamaica grew to 90164 from 49413 in November of 2020.
  13. In absolute terms, Jamaica ranked 85th in the globe in 2020, with a total of 1 million tourists.
  14. The outcome is a far more comparable image when the tourist numbers are compared to the population of Jamaica: Jamaica was rated 69th in the world with 0.45 tourists per citizen.
  15. It was placed 17th in the Caribbean.
  16. The tourism industry alone brought in over 3.10 billion dollars to Jamaica in 2020.
  17. This amounts to 22.44 percent of the country’s GDP and almost ten percent of all foreign travel receipts in the Caribbean.
  18. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, foreign tourism in Jamaica fell to a little over 1.3 million visitor visits in 2020, down from about 900 thousand at the turn of the century.
  19. The number of international visitor arrivals in the Caribbean country exceeded four million per year in the combined three years previous to the worldwide health crisis.
  20. In 2020, almost 64% of foreign overnight tourists to Jamaica slept in hotels, with roughly one-third of visitors staying in private houses.
  21. With only 0.6 percent of whole stopover travelers in Jamaica that year, apartments were the least popular accommodation option.
  22. In the year 2020, Jamaica welcomed over 640 overnight guests from the United States, making it the most popular place of origin among international tourists to the Caribbean island.
  23. Canada came in second place in the standings, with 132 thousand tourists visiting Jamaica.
  24. In 2020, this tourism department was expected to account for 12% of the country’s GDP, both directly and indirectly.
  25. In 2020, overseas tourists spent approximately 1.3 billion US dollars in Jamaica, a 65 percent decrease from the previous year’s record.
  26. Jamaica had approximately 15.7 thousand hotel rooms accessible for tourists, a 36 percent decrease from the 2019 figure.
  27. Only 5.8 thousand hotel rooms were available in Montego Bay, the Caribbean country’s biggest tourist destination, after exceeding nine thousand in the last two years.
  28. In 2020, cruise visitors in Jamaica spent 37.5 percent of their money on attractions.
  29. Meanwhile, cruise passengers spent another third of their money in the Caribbean country on shopping that year.
  30. In 2020, Jamaica’s unemployment rate was estimated to be about 8.4%, a minor reduction from prior years.
  31. Jamaica had more than 1.54 million overnight visitors in 2021, according to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism. U.S. vacationers drove the country’s visitor numbers in 2021, accounting for 1,278,679 overnight land-based air arrivals.
  32. While the numbers are down from the country’s pre-pandemic high of 2.7 million overnight, land-based visitors in 2019 (according to Caribbean Tourism Organization data), are among the greatest post-outbreak arrivals reported by Caribbean locations.
  33. According to a Ministry of Tourism official, overnight arrivals totaled 223,333 guests in December 2021, which is up 79.4 percent from December 2019.
  34. The stopover arrivals totaled 1.2 million so the far year 2021, and since cruise shipping started in August, Jamaica has welcomed over 36,000 cruise passengers, bringing in USD 1.5 billion in revenue.
  35. The officials of the tourism sector were expected to meet their prediction of 1.6 million visitors and over USD 2 billion in revenue by December 2021.
  36. The total air passenger travels in Jamaica was recorded to 1,464,399 in 2021 presenting an increase in percentage change of 66.3% than 2020.
  37. Approximately 27,000 guests visited Jamaica over the weekend of March 3 to 6, according to officials, the greatest number for any one day since the country reopened its borders to visitors in June 2020.
  38. Country tourism officials expected that between 2.45 and 2.5 million visitors will visit the country by the end of 2022, spending $2.9 billion.
  39. By the end of 2022, total visitor arrivals are expected to reach 3.2 million, with cruise travelers reporting for 1.1 million and stop-off incomings accounting for 2.1 million, with earnings expected to reach USD 3.3 billion.
  40. The local population of Jamaica is vaccinated at a rate of 62%, however, many hotels and resorts record vaccination rates of 95% or higher for their employees and increase in the tourism business.
  41. Total visitor numbers are expected to cross 4.5 million, with $4.7 billion in gross foreign exchange profits by the end of 2024.
  42. This figure depicts a projection of Jamaica’s expected tourist sector GDP share to rise to 36% by 2025 by factoring in COVID-19’s impact.
  43. The expected foreign tourism expenditure in Jamaica through 2025 is to reach 0.70 million US dollars with 1330.10 USD per capita receipts.