Positive Outlook For Caribbean Tourism As Visitors Increase Spendings In 2013

Despite slower arrival growth in the Caribbean tourism sector, tourists in the region are spending more money during their visits.

Improved performance

According to the latest data, Caribbean tourists spent more than $28 billion in 2013, a 2% increase from a year earlier.

“Overall, more than 25 million people visited the Caribbean last year, in part thanks to a surge in tourists from new markets, said Beverly Nicholson-Doty,” chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization(CTO) in a statement.

Arrival growth

The United States remains the region’s core market, while there was a decline in tourists from Europe and the United Kingdom.

Caribbean reported only a 1.8% increase in arrivals last year, compared to a 5% jump in 2012.

“While the main source markets are sputtering, tourists from South America are flocking to the region in large numbers,” Nicholson-Doty explained.