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Caribbean reports record visitor numbers


Islands are more popular than ever with tourists
The Caribbean is more popular than ever with tourists, with 29.3 million visiting in 2016, TTG Digital writes, more than a million more than the previous year.
The arrivals growth was backed by a 3.5% increase in visitor expenditure to $35.5 billion.
The US remains the Caribbean’s primary market with an estimated 14.6 million stayover arrivals, up 3.5% on 2015. But the highest growth rate among the main source markets was Europe, led Germany, up 8.2%, and the UK at 4.1%.
“Despite terrorist attacks in some countries, the Brexit referendum in the UK and bumpy economic outcomes across continental Europe, arrivals from that market climbed by 11.4%, to reach 5.6 million,” said Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
“The strong European performance was evident by healthy increases of between 6% and 16.8% in each month, compared to the corresponding month in 2015.”
Not so encouraging were cruise arrivals, up by just 1.3% to 26.3 million, while the hotel sector reported a contraction in visitor numbers.
TTG Digital


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