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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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