In 2018, the United States ranked No. 6 in terms of total travel safety, but it has since gained ground.
In the same year, the number of reported deaths in the United Kingdom hit a record high of 717, with the UK’s population about the same size as Jamaica’s.
For more than 100 years, travelers to Jamaica have been a major source of revenue for the Jamaican government, according to The National Institute for Travel Safety Research.
“It’s been around for many years,” says Michaela Fagan, a travel nurse at the International Centre for Tropical Medicine and Health in Kingston, Jamaica.
“And it has been an important part of Jamaican tourism for a long time.”
The most recent wave of fatalities is the deadliest for a countrywide passenger since the 1950s, according the Jamaica Tourism Association.
Fagan says the most recent peak came in March when a large cruise ship collided with a ship on a popular island, killing more than 1,100 passengers and crew.
“I think that it’s a pretty high-profile incident, so people know about it and that’s probably one of the reasons that people are so cautious about the country,” she says.
The tourism industry has taken steps to mitigate the safety threat.
In October, the Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism launched an online safety app called Safer Travel.
In February, it rolled out a mobile app to assist passengers and staff in communicating and responding to safety hazards.
But the government is also taking other steps to keep passengers safe.
“We have taken steps, including our travel advisory program, which allows our travel agencies to provide information on safety risks to the public,” says Fagan.
“That information is also available through our website.”
The Ministry of Safety, which oversees all travel agencies, says it has a plan in place to address safety concerns when they occur.
“In general, we do not consider any activity to be unsafe unless we are able to demonstrate a causal link,” says the ministry’s chief safety officer, Daniela Pinto.
“If it is proven that there is a causal connection, then it would be considered to be an emergency, which would then require us to make an immediate decision.”
It’s the third year in a row that the number is on the rise, according in the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and the government expects the number to increase in 2018.
But that’s not to say that travel to Jamaica is completely safe.
According to the Ministry for Safety, more than 60 percent of passengers and 11 percent of staff in the Jamaicans travel agency system have experienced at least one of two types of travel-related injuries: physical and mental.
“The majority of our incidents happen when people are in a situation where they have a bad experience with the agency or their employer, or are on a very crowded ship,” says Pinto, referring to the popular tourist destinations of the Caribbean.
“Our safety is our number one priority, and our safety is the number one concern.”
While the number may have fallen, the health of Jamaica’s tourists has been steadily improving over the past decade, according, according with the Jamaica Institute of Health and Development.
In 2017, the tourism industry generated $7.3 billion in economic activity, with about 70 percent of it going to tourism, according government data.
In 2019, the economy is expected to grow by 4.6 percent, according.
That’s good news for many who travel to the Caribbean and work in the tourism business.
“This year, it’s been pretty good, but there are still some areas that are very hard to operate,” says Laura Nisbet, an instructor at the Institute of Tourism Development at the University of the West Indies in Kingston.
“There are many places that are under-utilized, that are not safe.”
A recent survey of over 1,000 tourists in Jamaica found that 40 percent said they have experienced a personal injury, and that only 12 percent have experienced any physical injury.
Nisbit says her group of students and visitors, who are mostly from the Caribbean countries of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, have noticed a significant improvement in the health and safety of tourists visiting the island.
“They’ve been so patient, so accepting of their surroundings and allowing them to be themselves, and it’s paid off,” says Nisbeta.
“Because when they’re happy, they have the most fun, and when they are not happy, then there’s less energy in the country.”
Traveler safety experts agree that the tourism sector has to take a look at ways to help alleviate the safety concerns that are affecting tourism to the island nation.
“Safety in tourism is not just about being safe in the hotels, the casinos, the beaches, but also when you are on the ground and where you are interacting with people,” says Paul Jansen, an associate professor of tourism at the Florida International University, and chair of the Jamaica Travel Association.
“You need to be able to feel