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Jamaica report strong figures in first half ‘04

Jamaica’s tourist arrivals for the six-month period of January through June 2004 have increased 9.4 percent over the same period in 2003, and by 17.1 percent over 2003.Ê There were a total of 742,338 foreign stopover arrivals to Jamaica since January 2004.Ê The vast majority of arrivals came from the U.S., with most activity from the northeast market.

Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook is delighted that efforts by the Jamaica Tourist Board are yielding such strong results.

“I am pleased with our success and happy that travelers from across the globe are realising that Jamaica offers so much more than sun, sand and sea,” he commented.

“We are confident that once travellers experience Jamaica’s wide array of accommodations, attractions and, most importantly, the warmth of our people, they will want to return again and again.Ê In fact, 40% of our visitors are repeat travelers.”