CASTIRES, SAINT LUCIA — The streak continues for Saint Lucia, which has recorded seven out of eight months in 2019 of unprecedented growth in visitor arrival.
An impressive total of 36,342 stayover arrivals was achieved in August, marking the largest number of arrivals ever for that particular month.
Double-digit increases were recorded in three main markets, with Canada seeing the highest increase at 17%. The United States followed at 13% while the U.K. saw a 12% increase. This resulted in an overall increase of 6.4% from the figures recorded in August 2018.
“This sustained growth trajectory is a clear indication that our carefully crafted and well targeted programs, policies and signature entertainment events are resonating and are gaining traction with consumers in the region and international marketplace,” said Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee. “as we commence the 2019 winter season and more and more of those initiatives continue to bear fruit, we have no doubt the robust growth will continue.”
Year to date, two key markets are trending upwards, led by the U.K. market with an 11% growth in arrivals and the U.S. with 9%. Canada and France are the only two markets to be trending downwards however, with both markets dropping less than 5% below the figure recorded for the eight-month period last year.