Still Healing, Caribbean Predicts Strong Tourism Growth – Skift


A year and a half after Hurricane Maria, tourism to the Caribbean may be starting to recover.

On Wednesday, the Caribbean Tourism Organization projected a 6 to 7 percent increase in travelers to the region for 2019, as destinations slowly repair damaged infrastructure. A less catastrophic hurricane season in 2018 helped to revive the hospitality industry in spots like St. Barths, Anguilla, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the organization expects this to pick up throughout the new year.

“Even the destinations that were severely impacted by the 2017 hurricanes, despite registering overall double-digit declines last year, experienced a significant turnaround during the last four months,” said CTO’s acting director of research, Ryan Skeete, in a press briefing Wednesday.

Overall, nearly 30…

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