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Jamaica Achieves Record Breaking 210k Visitors

The Caribbean island achieved a record breaking 210,000 visitors from the UK and Ireland in 2016.

Figures just published by the Jamaica Tourist Board reveal that 210,103 tourists from the region visited Jamaica in the period between January - December 2016.

This represents an increase of 4.34 per cent from the previous year which saw 201,364 visitors pass through Jamaican shores. These figures do not include cruise visitors – only holidaymakers staying overnight.

Jamaica is hosting more tourists than ever before and is one of the leading Caribbean destinations amongst UK and Irish holidaymakers.

With gastronomy now a key consideration for holidaymakers around the world, Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, set out his vision last year to tap into the lucrative gastronomy tourism market to lure more visitors to island.

Since taking office, Minister Bartlett has been laying the foundation for the growth and diversification of Jamaica’s tourism industry through five new networks including gastronomy, sports and entertainment, health and wellness, shopping and knowledge. The Minister’s push towards food tourism was one of the driving forces behind the increase in visitors to Jamaica in 2016 as holidaymakers looked towards more authentic culinary experiences and offerings on the island beyond the nation’s most well known dish – jerk chicken.

Falcon Holidays offer direct flights from Dublin to Jamaica.

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