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Caribbean visitor spending rises

Caribbean visitor spending rises
21 Feb 2014

Visitors to the Caribbean spent much more money in 2013 than 2012, a new report from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) revealed this week, with the largest growth witnessed in the accommodation sector.

Combined figures from the CTO and Smith Travel Research demonstrated a 2.3 per cent rise in tourist expenditure last year compared with the year before, although the actual number of people rose by only 1.8 per cent.

The research recorded 25 million arrivals, only 1.8 per cent higher than 2012's 24.6 million. It is the first time in three years that visitor spending growth has outpaced that of visitor numbers in the Caribbean.

However, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, chairman of the CTO, was understandably delighted with the news, claiming indicators for the accommodation sector - room rates, revenue per available room and occupancy - were particularly strong.

"There wasn’t a single month during 2013 that any of these indicators fell below 2012 levels," she said.

The CTO credited recent progress in the travel industry for the ever-increasing statistics and pointed towards a rise in tourists from South America and from within the Caribbean itself.

"This progress is manifested in the rapid rise in the number of visitors from South America who are coming to the Caribbean in record numbers," Ms Nicholson-Doty said.

"You can tell there’s progress when a record number of Caribbean residents travelled within the region for tourism purposes, despite transportation challenges," she added.

The Caribbean is said to have welcomed around 1.5 million visitors from South America in 2013, while 1.6 million Caribbean citizens are said to have travelled the region to enjoy a holiday .

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