The Caribbean attracted a record 23.6 million visitors in 2014.
In his state of the industry report, Caribbean Tourism Organisation President Hugh Riley, said this represents a 5.3 percent increase over 2013’s figures.
“So strong was the demand for Caribbean vacations that we outperformed the rest of the world, which, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation recorded a growth rate of 4.7 per cent. This robust showing for the Caribbean was based on the fact that the traditional markets performed well. Canada, which was flat in 2013, rallied strongly; the US maintained healthy growth; and Europe topped five million visitors for the first time since 2008,” he revealed.
He said in the sub-regions, the Dutch Caribbean saw the highest growth, followed by Cancun, Cozumel, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Suriname, and the US Territories. All other sub-groupings recorded increases, except for the French Caribbean where the performance was flat.
Riley said 2014 was a strong year for air travel, not only regionally, but globally.
“Airlines doing business in the Caribbean are adding seats to destinations to which they already fly, while some are adding new destinations. As a result, capacity to Latin America and the Caribbean increased six per cent, according to IATA, the International Air Transport Association.”
He said intra-regional travel performed reasonably well though they continue to be concerned about the Eastern Caribbean region.
“Demand for intra-regional travel to the OECS countries remained depressed for most of 2014, with preliminary estimates suggesting that this market segment contracted by over three per cent,” he said.
Loop News Service