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German tourists up 24%


Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that between January and April of this year, the country has seen a 24 per cent increase in German visitors to the island when compared to the same period last year.

“January to April we welcomed 9,800 German visitors. That [figure] represents a 24 per cent increase over last year,” disclosed Bartlett.

Addressing a press conference at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Monday evening following the welcoming of Eurowings out of Germany, Bartlett added that the figures for flights coming out of Germany at the end of June are encouraging.

“We are excited about the figures at the end of June, very excited about it. And we have a strong feeling that this 9,800 will get close to 12 [thousand], and that the increased 24 per cent will get closer to 30 per cent,” stated Bartlett, adding, “…good things are happening and I want to congratulate the team”.

According to Bartlett, the country is doing well with flights out of Germany, but there is room for improvement. Jamaica currently sees some 20,000 visitors out of Germany, but the aim is to have 50,000 visitors coming from that country to Jamaica by 2020.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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