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Many countries in the Caribbean have been concerned about downturns in tourism because of the effects of the dreaded Air Passenger Duty. Tourism had slumped in many places over the last few years but Jamaica has announced that it has head a healthy upturn over the winter; its busiest time for visitors.
But much of it comes from an increase in visits by cruise ships. The opening of the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier in March means that the largest of ships, those huge vessels that operate out of Florida, will be able to dock there in the future and therefore. Jamaica should continue to see an increase in passengers. But they won’t necessarily be from Europe. When it opened the Oasis of the Seas, which weighs more than a quarter of a million tons and can carry over 6,200 passengers, entered Falmouth just four days after the pier opened. The Canadians and Americans are big visitors in the winter.
Back in February, the local paper, The Gleaner, ran a story saying that visitor numbers were up some of which was due to the bad weather that we had in the winter. So Brits and Irish were visiting then. Last week it ran an update to the story and the trend had continued. The tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett was quoted as saying that on April 20th, over 20,000 tourists had visited Jamaica including 5,500 at Falmouth. So the cruise terminal is doing what was hoped. If the Oasis of the Seas and its sister ship docked in Falmouth once per month, that could mean nearly 150,000 extra visitors per year. But will the Europeans – and especially we – visit Jamaica? Will APD deter us since the government did nothing in the March budget to change the way that APD is levied? Watch this space!
Image courtesy of Jamaican Tourist Board

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