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TTC Special: Canadians still prefer the Caribbean despite declines in arrivals

Cuba remains another important destination for Canada citizens. Photo: Narmys Cándano, TTC

By F. Martin

Analysts agree that the main reason why Canadians prefer the Caribbean is the natural heat in the region which contrasts with the intense winter cold in their country. They also like other Caribbean virtues, such as the hospitality, the joy and the average comfort of their hotels and accommodations.

However, they still do not explain the reasons why fell the number Canadian arrivals to the Caribbean in 2016.

According to The Globe and Mail, from Toronto, Canada recorded a decrease in visits last year for the first time since 1994, which was only the second decline since 1982. The 3.3 million arrivals from Canada in 2016 represented a 3.4-per-cent drop over 2015.The forecasts for 2017, however, insist that such a trend will not hold.

There is reasons to believe that the Caribbean will remain the dream zone for Canadians.

This is due to the sun, sand, sea and savings. It’s hard to beat an all-inclusive Caribbean beach vacation. “Canadians get great deals on package vacations to Mexico and Caribbean, mainly because there are lots of us who long to escape the frigid winter conditions, and we’re price-sensitive by nature. Often an all-inclusive package costs just a few hundred dollars more than a flight alone”, the Reader s Digest of Canada said this week.

After Florida, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are the Canadians top sun destinations. For them Mexico is perhaps very special because of its diversity with many different types of accommodations, landscapes, regional cuisine and cultural offerings from Mayan ruins to contemporary art.

Cuba remains another important destination for Canada citizens. But they fear that “Yankees” will spoil their winter party on the island. The arrivals of Americans to Cuba could reach one million tourists in a few more years if the “thaw” continues with the United States. But currently the offers for Canadians are wide and without much competition from the Americans.

In the Dominican Republic, Canadians look for a diverse landscape that includes some 1,600 km of coastline lined with pristine beaches covered with palms, lush jungles, forested mountains, deserts, waterfalls and many national parks. Also dozens of golf courses, many with sea views.

Jamaica offers mountains with beaches, waterfalls, more than 100 rivers and a unique culture.

The idyll between Canadians and the Caribbean seems strong enough, despite the drop in arrivals last year.