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