Caribbean Tourism hits record numbers in 2019

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    Following the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, Caribbean tourism rebounded to post record stay over and cruise arrivals in 2019.

    Stayover arrivals grew by 4.4 per cent to reach 31.5 million, outpacing the international rate of growth of 3.8 per cent reported by the World Tourism Organization.

    At the same time, cruise visits increased by 3.4 per cent to 30.2 million, representing the seventh consecutive year of growth.

    Neil Walters, the acting secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization says the destinations most impacted by the hurricanes saw some of the highest rates of growth.

    For tourists, after two years of decline, the US was the best performing market in 2019, registering an increase of 10 per cent to reach a record 15.5 million visitors.

    However, Canada was sluggish in 2019 at 0.4 per cent, equivalent to 3.4 million tourist visits.

    Walters revealed that intra-Caribbean travel increased by 7.4 per cent to reach 2.0 million, while the South American market declined by 10.4 per cent to 1.5 million.