Following a rebound 12 months for Caribbean journey with elevated competitors all through the area, the Cayman Islands has maintained its market share with one other 12 months of record-breaking statistical arrivals.
On the shut of 2018, whole visitation surpassed all earlier years of recorded visitation together with 2006, which beforehand held the document for the very best variety of whole guests in a calendar 12 months.
Whole arrivals for 2018 in each air and cruise visitation was 2,384,058, which is an 11 per cent enhance over the identical interval in 2017 (237,211 further individuals).
This vital enhance in visitation positively impacted the native financial system with an uptick in customer spend, growing by US$98 million over 2017.
The estimated whole customer spend in 2018 was US$880 million, a rise of 12.5 per cent.
Cayman Islands minister of tourism, Moses Kirkconnell, shared: “The mandate of the ministry and division of tourism is to facilitate annual development in visitation and financial contribution; my ministry pursues this strategically every year.
“By artistic promotions, partnerships, and continued collaboration with our trade stakeholders, we have now maintained the numerous accomplishment of steady record-breaking years.
“Our authorities has dedicated to funding in our factors of entry on the cruise port and airports.
“These much-needed upgrades will advantage of tourism operators, companies, guests and residents.”
In 2018, the USA, Canada, and LATAM had essentially the most affect on arrival numbers.
The month of December is famous as the most effective on document, with a 6.15 per cent enhance of stayover arrivals with the vacation spot receiving over 50,000 fuelled primarily by the North American markets.