Jamaica recorded a strong end to 2004 with visitor arrivals from the UK being the third highest for the year, according to latest figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board.Jamaica Tourist Board’s Regional Director for UK/Europe, Elizabeth Fox welcomed the news adding: “The UK arrival figures for December 2004 were almost exactly on target. During the year we enjoyed a very strong first three quarters with regard to UK visitor arrivals. We experienced a small fall-off immediately after Hurricane Ivan but we regained momentum in the final quarter closing strongly with a five per cent increase in December compared with same period in 2003. Early reports from UK tour operators are that bookings are looking strong for 2005 as we aim to grow the market by seven per cent this year.”
Overall Visitor arrivals from the UK increased 7.9 per cent for the period January to December 2004 compared with the same period for 2003. This compares favourably with increases from other countries over the same period with the whole of Europe recording a 10.7 per cent increase, Canada on 10.9 per cent and the US on 2.9 per cent increase.