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February 26, 2009

Jamaica Tourism Grows

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – The Jamaica Tourist Board announced that 2008 was another year of growth for its tourism industry. The island’s stopover arrivals increased by 3.9 percent, with a total of 1,769,271 visitors. Of that number, 1,150,942 of the arrivals came from the United States – representing a 1.6 percent increase from that market over 2007.

“The United States has historically been the largest source market for Jamaica’s tourism,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Though current economic hardships pose a challenge to the travel industry, we are confident that travelers from the United States will consider Jamaica’s accessibility and value when considering a vacation destination in the coming year.”

The number of travelers to Jamaica from the U.S. continues to remain very strong, with the U.S. making up more than 65 percent of all the island’s visitors in 2008.

A range of new and expanded attractions is also adding to Jamaica’s new dynamic. The attractions are themed to showcase the island’s rich history and cultural heritage while at the same time being entertaining and informative. Opened last summer, Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s new environmentally friendly attractions, which has been a magnet for new and returning visitors.

www.visitjamaica.com

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