Caribbean tourism up for Q1

There will be celebrations throughout the Caribbean islands tonight as the island nation's nations tourism sector publishes details confirming a rise in holidaymakers arriving during the first quarter of 2014 – a great achievement indeed.

According to like-for-like figures released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) over the weekend, there was a 2.2 per cent rise in stay-over arrivals between January and March 2014.

The number of people choosing to explore this island paradise by cruise vessel saw an even larger increase of 2.3 per cent in the same period, with travellers continuing to flock to the shores for pristine beaches, azure seas and a carefree lifestyle.

America remained the Caribbean's largest market, contributing some 3.5 million arrivals, although the CTO warned that the Canadian market should not be underestimated as it grew faster than that of the US during the first quarter of the year.

Growth was also witnessed where European tourists were concerned, with an improved figure of 1.5 million visitors posted. 

Beverly Nicholson-Doty, chairman of the CTO, was understandably delighted as she reported the news to the world at Caribbean Week Toronto over the weekend.

"Based on the increased arrivals and improved average visitor spending so far, a rise of around four per cent in total spend region-wide is predicted this year," she said

"That’s an extremely good indicator for the region in terms of people spending both on their way to our destinations but also while they are in our destinations," Miss Nicholson-Doty added.

With more people travelling to the Caribbean, why not pick up the trend and see what you can see on the emerald islands? Board a Seafarer cruise and experience the journey of a lifetime – from white sandy beaches edging into turquoise waters to fascinating historical artefacts.