Jamaica’s second city has been ranked the top summer travel recovery city of 2022.
The revelation follows a summer travel Outlook Report that was produced for the World Travel Market (WTM) by travel trends and analysis provider, ForwardKeys.
The summer travel outlook 2022 report revealed that “at the city level, summer travel recovery is being led by Caribbean destinations namely Montego Bay, Jamaica” with a positive growth of 23 per cent.
The report also shared that Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Cancun, Mexico, placed second and third, with 19 per cent and 14 per cent increase, respectively.
Twenty cities were listed in the report, with Cairo, Egypt, and Dehli in India rounding out the top five.
Based on the reported data, which showed a comparison between international tourist arrivals for Q3 2022 and Q3 2019, Montego Bay is among the most resilient destination cities.
Montego Bay, the capital of St James on the island’s north coast, is a major cruise ship port with numerous beach resorts.
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett said the news is proof that “Jamaica is bouncing forward from the devastating impact to the sector by the COVID-19 pandemic”.
He spoke of the country’s resilience and noted also that the tourism industry is “now, more than before, poised for a full recovery”.
Jamaica has seen record figures for arrivals and earnings over the last year.