Caribbean tourism looks forward with cautious optimism to year ahead | News


The Caribbean tourism sector is projected to record strong growth in 2019 on the heels of a stronger-than-expected performance last year.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the authority on regional tourism statistics and performance, is forecasting six to seven per cent growth this year, continuing an upward trend which began last September.

“We are projecting that tourist arrivals will increase by between six and seven per cent in 2019, as the damaged infrastructure in the hurricane-impacted destinations returns to capacity.

“Similarly, cruise arrivals should expand by a further four per cent to five per cent,” Ryan Skeete, Caribbean Tourism Organisation acting director of research revealed.

Skeete did caution of possible “significant headwinds to navigate,” including the…

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