September marks the penultimate month of the Summer Tourist Season. The overall total number of arrivals for the 2013 January to September period was 2,451,183 representing a 4% decline below the 2,548,491 recorded for the corresponding period in 2012. In September 168,650 visited the Island whether by sea or aircraft. This represented a 26% decline below the 227,729 visitors that arrived the previous month. In September 2,579 less visitors visited the Island in comparison to the number of visitors that arrived in September 2012, a 2% decline. However September’s overall number of visitors represented a 4% increase over the number of visitors for the same period in 2011.
Cruise Ship Arrivals
In total 916,296 passengers visited the Island in the 2013 January to September period, 9% decline below the corresponding period in 2012. Cruise Ship arrivals for September 2013 63,224 passengers was 169 passengers less than August 2013. September’s cruise ship arrivals fell 5% below the arrivals for September 2012 however recorded 12 passengers more than September 2011.
Long Stay Arrivals
For the January to September 2013 period 9,392 less passengers visited the Island via an aircraft when compared to the same period in 2012. In total for September 105,426 visitors arrived via an aircraft which was 58,910 passengers less than the number of passengers that arrived using the same mode of transportation in August 2013. Septembers long stay arrivals was 1,066 passengers more than September 2012 and 7% more than September 2011.
Long Stay arrivals is expected to experience a big boost with the new airlift arrangements that commenced on November 1, 2013, the country will now have daily flights out of Toronto with Air Canada and welcome an increase in the number of seats out of Russia transported via Air Transero 747 every ten days. Both flights arrived at the Donald Sangster’s Airport in Montego Bay on Friday transporting little less than 600 passengers.