The glittering azure waters of the Caribbean proved as inviting as ever in 2013, with its tourism bureau reporting higher than ever visitor figures this week.
In a statement released yesterday (February 16th), the Caribbean Tourism Organisation announced that both the number of visitors to the region and their annual expenditure have risen to its highest levels in three years.
Money spent by tourists was up by 2.3 per cent on 2012’s figures to $28.1 billion, while actual visitor numbers rose to their highest levels in three years to 25 million.
Beverly Nicholson-Doty, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, was quick to comment on the success.
“There wasn’t a single month during 2013 that any indicators fell below 2012 levels,” he claimed, adding that there had been significant progress in the industry that had allowed for the rise in arrivals.
Indeed, even the Caribbean’s own residents are showing signs of travelling within the region in order to explore what the islands have to offer – a sure sign that there are some incredible gems to be found here.
Travel between the islands was up 1.8 per cent, an encouraging sign despite the fact it is a slight decrease from 2012’s figures.
The report also highlighted a dramatic increase in the number of South Americans travelling to the region, although they are not the only ones able to enjoy this sunny paradise.
Intrepid travellers wishing to explore a different side to the Caribbean by seeing multiple islands should opt for a yacht cruise, something that can offer them an inside look at the cultures, people and natural beauty of this incredible region.
Travel via a Tall Ship Star Clipper or its larger Royal Clipper cousin for an even more majestic experience as you sail from island to island, witnessing the best beaches and coves of Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica and Antigua as you sail.