Jamaica’s tourism sector received a significant boost this summer due to its popular annual music festival, Reggae Sumfest, held from July 18-23. Dubbed ‘The Return’ because it was the first time the event has been staged in person since the pandemic, this year’s festival was a resounding success that attracted numerous international visitors to the island during its busy summer travel season.
“We were thrilled to see such a great turnout for the return of Reggae Sumfest this year,” said Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett. “Even with the option of live streaming the event, it was wonderful to have so many people choose to travel to Jamaica and attend the event in person. The success of Reggae Sumfest 2022 is a testament to the return of travel, especially for events, and the continuing strong recovery of the sector.”
Since its founding in 1993, Reggae Sumfest has become the largest music festival in Jamaica and the Caribbean, taking place each year in mid-July in Montego Bay. This year’s Reggae Sumfest was an epic return that included an electrifying All White Party (dress code), Global Sound Clash, Beach Party and more along with a spectacular line-up of live musical performances.
“It’s truly gratifying to see so many people coming together over a shared love of reggae and dancehall music here in the birthplace of the genre itself,” said Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board, Donovan White.
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