Tourism data from all the Embarkation/Disembarkation (E/D) Cards were entered in a computer
system located at the Corporate Head Office, Jamaica Tourist Board, Kingston. The data on
stopovers, including demographics, were derived from this source.
Jamaican nationals’ resident abroad and who visited Jamaica are included in the visitor arrival figures.
Jamaica has conformed with "Recommendations on Tourism Statistics" prepared by the World
Tourism Organization and adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) in 1993.
These recommendations state that nationals who reside abroad and who return as visitors should
be included in Tourism Statistics. The Jamaica Tourist Board has been publishing visitor arrival
figures on Non-Resident Jamaicans since 1989.
Fly-cruise passengers i.e. Cruise Passengers flying into the island to meet the cruise ship are not
included in tourist arrival figures, unless they spend at least one night in land-based accommodation.
Data on cruise ship arrivals were obtained from the ships' manifests.