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It’s official: Caribbean’s tourism growth

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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. Foto: dmitry-travnikov/123rf

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.

According to the organisation, the foundation of this performance was a strong United States market, which grew by 20.2 percent, totalling a first half record of 8.9 million overnight international tourists.

“During the same period, some 2.1 million Canadian tourists stayed in the region, a 2.4 percent rise when compared to the same period last year,” it added.

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