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Caribbean’s tourism growth rate more than double global average

Tourism: Sense of optimism in the Caribbean

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Tourism in the Caribbean has made a strong bounce back in the wake of powerful storms that struck the region, with arrival figures more than double the global growth rate this year.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) is reporting a regional 9.7 percent increase in arrival figures for the first half of this year when compared to the same period last year.

Addressing the media at a news conference at World Travel Market on November 6, CTO chairman, Dominic Fedee, said the global average was 4.4 percent.

The only other regions registering more than five percent growth were the Middle East (8.1 percent) and Asia and the Pacific (6.2 percent).

Between January and June this year, there were 17.1 million tourist trips to the Caribbean, 1.5 million more than the corresponding period in 2018 a CTO release revealed.

Source: Turk and Caicos Weekly News

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