Jamaica’s Tourism Recovery Is Ahead of Schedule

October 24, 2022

Shutterstock 1984763390 %281%29

Jamaica has led the way in terms of tourism recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has caught the attention of leisure-seekers from around the world, and is already surpassing 2019-levels of arrivals. This means the beautiful beaches and eclectic forests of one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations have become more enticing than ever! 


According to Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, the country expects upwards of $4 billion in revenue this year, and an increase to $5 billion in 2023. 5 million visitors are also expected next year, beating the initial projections after the pandemic by a full 12 months. The additional influx of international dollars has helped contribute to the overall economy’s annual jump of 5.7%.


Visitors are arriving by all modes of transportation—including cruises, which was a critical aspect which has lagged significantly since 2020. However, this is also improving, with an expected 1 million tourists arriving via cruises between December of 2022 and the summer of 2023. 


Updates to disaster management orders and travel restrictions have likely contributed to these increases. More destinations, accommodations, and experiences throughout the island have eased restrictions, further welcoming those from abroad. Compliance with COVID-19 protocols have not been altogether removed of course, The Jamaica Tourist Board must still license those that are outside the Resilient Corridors. However, pre-arrival testing has been abolished, and mask mandates have been eased, further improving the confidence that visitors have when booking their trips. 


All of these improvements have not gone unnoticed outside of Jamaica as well; the US Center for Disease Control recently reevaluated the country and lowered it to a Level 3 Designation, indicating a lowered overall risk for American travelers. 


GCG Group is proud to play a small part in Jamaica’s magnificent recovery from a near-knockout blow from COVID-19. With offices in Kingston and Montego Bay, our enthusiastic staff is doing their part to welcome visitors and support the tourism and industries. To learn more, contact us today!