Crippling 2017 Storms Wracked Caribbean Visitor Growth in 2018


While the crippling hurricanes of September 2017 were expected to take a toll on Caribbean visitor arrivals, the full impact became more evident on Wednesday at a Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) press briefing, during which officials outlined the storms’ derailment of 2018 arrivals growth for several destinations.

Caribbean nations recorded 29.9 million tourist visits in 2018, a 2.3 percent decline from the region’s record 30.6 million visitors in 2017. The 2018 downturn was the Caribbean’s first annual arrivals decline in nine years and ended what officials had previously forecast would be another record-breaking season.

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