This year is spelling great income for the tourism industry in Jamaica. In just three months into the year, the country has already grossed 1 million visitors and $800 million in income. The Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, disclosed the figures at the opening of the Grand-A-View Restaurant and Event Center. The center is the newest attraction in Montego Bay.
The figures presented by the Minister show Jamaica is making giant leaps in the tourism industry. The gastronomy sector of the industry has grown to $150 billion. You sure can tell that the Jamaican government plans to grow the sector further. It has already renamed it the “Jamaican Gastronomy Network.” In August 2018, the Jamaican Government put in $20 million into the sector.
The Minister further explained the reason for investing in the sector. He said 88% of current world travels were food inspired. It is evident that Jamaica could huge income from the industry. Furthermore, it could become the number one destination in the world. Already, Jamaica has more visitors that every other Caribbean country this year.
Jamaica is doing so much to attract tourists to the country yearly. A major example of this Jamaica dubbing February “Reggae month.” It started in 2008 and it is basically to celebrate the impact of the local music genre on the rest of the world.