“Tourism has consistently been the largest earner of foreign exchange in our economy. Its contribution to the combined value of all the goods and services produced in our country each year is significant. The tourism economic impact study for the Ministry completed last year concluded that, taken together, the direct, indirect and induced contributions of tourism to Jamaica’s GDP in 2010, was 11.7%. All of this paints a picture of a robust tourism industry in Jamaica, one that delivers significant economic value for us.“ Excerpt from the Minister of Tourism Dr. Wykeham McNeill’s Contribution to the 2014/2015 Sectoral Debate
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For 2013 provisional tourist expenditure amounted to US$2 077.1 million, 0.4 % more than in 2012. When the figure is broken down stopover visitors contributed the lion share of this amount, expending US$1 975.5 million. In 2013, the average expenditure per visitor was US$634.5, 1.4% more 2012’s US$626 per visitor. See the bar graph above for total tourist expenditure for the period 2009-2013.