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LONDON — Year over year tourist arrivals to the Caribbean increased by 9.7% in the first half of 2019 according to newly releases stats from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
At a news conference at World Travel Market in London today, CTO Chairman Dominic Fedee said the region’s performance was more than double the global average of 4.4%.
From January – June 2019 there were 17.1 million tourist trips to the Caribbean, 1.5 million more than in the first six months of 2018.
Travel from Canada rose 2.4%, for a total of 2.1 million overnight visitors, while the U.S. with 8.9 million was up more than 20%.
The European market was flat, with just a 0.4% increase to 2.9 million trips, with the UK market was down by 1.7%. The UK’s negative performance was especially felt in Cuba, which fell by 22%, and the D.R., down by 15.3%.
Meanwhile cruise demand for the Caribbean was so strong in the first six months of 2019 that there was a record 16.7 million cruise visits, 1.3 million more than in the same period of 2018.
For the rest of 2019 the CTO is forecasting an increase of 5 – 7% in stayover arrivals and a 4 – 5% rise in cruise passenger visits.