Jamaica: number of hotel rooms available by resort area 2010-2018

In 2018, Jamaica counted over 23.6 thousand hotel rooms available, which showed a 4.7 percent growth in comparison to the number registered a year earlier. From 2010 to 2018, the area of Montego Bay, on the North side of the island, was the main spot for tourism accommodation availability. In that last year, Montego Bay registered 9,277 hotel rooms, equivalent to 39.3 percent of the total. Ocho Ríos, however, was the area with highest room occupancy in the Caribbean country in 2018, with 70 percent, ahead of Montego Bay.

Volume of international tourism in Jamaica

The number of international tourist arrivals to Jamaica maintained an overall constant increase from 2009 to 2018. Foreign visitor arrivals reached the 4.3 million mark in that last year, surpassing the total population of the island by almost 1.4 million people. Overnight tourism accounted for 57.2 percent of the total inbound arrivals, while the influx of same-day visitors, only counting cruise passengers, represented the remaining 42.8 percent.

Cruise tourism in Jamaica

Jamaica registered a drop of 13.8 percent in the number of cruise ship calls in 2019 with respect to the previous year, when the country recorded the largest number of cruises served at its ports since 2013. However, this meant a decline of only 3.8 percent in the number of cruise passenger arrivals to the island, which between 2010 and 2017 surged by nearly 111 percent.

Number of hotel rooms in Jamaica from 2010 to 2018, by resort area

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

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