Bartlett also revealed that he is expecting more than four million visitors to the island this year.

“I am proud to tell you tonight that as of yesterday (Saturday, May 14], Jamaica welcomed over 1.5 million visitors in the first four months and two weeks of the year 2023 and earned US$1.6 billion. It puts us fully on track to create new records, better than 2019,” said Bartlett, during his presentation at Sunday’s opening session of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA) 34th annual sales congress’ Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony.

“For the summer, we have a record 1.2 million seats coming to Jamaica. If we have a 75 per cent load factor, it means that we will be bringing in close to another million seats, and when you put that million on top of what we have now, by the end of August, we would have been 2.5 million seats on track to ensure that we have 4.2 million visitors for the year, and earning US$4.5 billion, which will be a record for Jamaica in all its tourism history,” added Bartlett.