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TTC Special: The luckiest Caribbean islands in 2017

TTC Special: The luckiest Caribbean islands in 2017

The majority of Caribbean destinations are ready for tourists. Photo: Diego Cardini/123rf

By F Martin

TTC Service.- No one doubts that 2017 was a tough year for the Caribbean islands.

During the period, destructive hurricanes passed through the region and climate change continued its evil path. However some luckiest islands left behind the hard last year with good successes in the tourism industry.

Experts mention Grenada, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Cuba.

According to the statistics Grenade reporting a record visitor number of 146,359 land-based visitors in 2017. U.S. travelers to Grenada increased by 16 percent to 67,250 visitors during the same period.

For Cayman Islands was a great year in both the territory s land-based and cruise visitor segments. The island reported 418,403 overnight visitors during 2017 compared with 385,451 in 2016, an increase of 8.55 percent.

Barbados tourist’s arrivals increased averaged 38462.52 from 1976 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 67643 in December of 2016 and a record low of 11259 in June of 1976.

For Jamaica was excellent the Caribbean complicated last year. Provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that a record 4.3 million tourists visited the island. According to Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, the amount represents a 21.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016. “We broke the four million mark in December and by the end of (the month) we had gone to 4.3 million arrivals. This figure comprised 2,353,461 stopover arrivals and 1,946,780 cruise passengers, providing a revenue flow of approximately US$3 billion,” he said.

Bahamas walked quietly through the complicated road full of obstacles of the annual lapse. Tourist arrivals in Bahamas increased to 430.20 Thousand in October from 276.60 Thousand in September of 2017, according to available statistics.

The Dominican Republic appears to be the clear winner once again in the Caribbean in 2017. The country top its 6.1 million-visitor-mark achieved in 2016. Visitor number show 3,9% increase last year and represented a 6.4% jump over 2015 numbers. Through November 2017, air tourist arrivals totaled 5,560,787, up 3.9% or 208,286 more than the same period last year.

Cuba appears as a separate case.

In addition to hurricanes and the aftermath of global warming, that island suffered again the hostility of its closest neighbor, United States, after a “thaw” process that did not last long enough. However, that country received more than 4 million International tourists, according to a press release by the island´s Ministry of Tourism.

Cuban authorities also announced that the national tourism sector will fight to attract about five million foreign travelers in 2018.