Spurred on by a 24 per cent rise in arrivals from the USA, the Caribbean recorded a wholesome 12 per cent improve in vacationer arrivals in the course of the first quarter of 2019, in line with statistics compiled by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
In updating the media on the area’s efficiency at a information convention this morning hosted on the Wyndham New Yorker Lodge as a part of Caribbean Week New York, Caribbean Tourism Organisation chairman Dominic Fedee revealed that between January and March this yr there have been 9.1 million worldwide vacationer journeys to the area, up by 970,000 over the corresponding interval final yr.
The arrivals growth prolonged to the cruise sector as effectively, with a single quarter file 10.7 million cruise passengers visits, a rise of 9.9 per cent or 900,000 extra arrivals when in comparison with the identical interval in 2018.
As a result of its bullish financial system, excessive client confidence and the power of the US greenback in opposition to world currencies, the USA was the strongest performing market in the course of the first quarter, with 4.5 million vacationer visits, whereas Canada’s 1.5 million visits to the Caribbean represented a robust 4 per cent rise.
However, the efficiency of the European market was much less encouraging, with arrivals up marginally by 0.6 per cent.
Of the 1.6 million vacationer arrivals from Europe in the course of the first quarter, 300,000 got here from the UK (up 0.1 per cent), whereas arrivals from Germany fell by 8.1 per cent to 200,000 vacationer visits.
The Caribbean (up 1.Eight per cent) and Latin American (up 1.6 per cent) markets additionally recorded development, though at a a lot slower tempo that the most important markets.
The general wholesome development in each stayover and cruise visits, coupled with a 1.Four per cent rise in accessible airline seats throughout first quarter of 2019 – bringing to 12.Four million the variety of worldwide seats interested in the area in the course of the interval – the CTO is bullish in its forecast for the yr, predicting an eight per cent to 9 per cent improve in vacationer arrivals, together with 5.5 per cent to six.5 per cent development in cruise arrivals.