Jamaica Records 3.6 Percent Increase in 2009

Jamaica experienced a 3.6 percent increase from January-December in tourist arrivals, compared to the same period in 2008, and is off to a promising start for this year, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board.

The announcement was made by Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch during the third annual Tourism Outlook Seminar currently taking place at the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, located in the resort capital of Montego Bay.

Lynch was presenting "Jamaica’s Roadmap to Growth in the Current Landscape," which formed part of the "Maintaining the Competitive Edge" session.

“Given the current global economic environment, a 3.6 percent growth is a commendable accomplishment for Jamaica,” said Lynch.

Jamaica’s tourism looks to be off to a good start this year, as provisional figures for January 2010 indicate an increase of 8.4 percent, on track to be the most successful January ever.

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