Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced that the increase in tourist arrivals in the Caribbean is keeping pace with the world average.
The Caribbean recorded a 4.3 percent increase during the first six months of the 2014 as the world average is 4.7 percent.
CTO director of research and information technology, Winfield Griffith announced that just under 14 million long-stay tourists visited the Caribbean between January and June, with nearly half this number (6.87 million) coming from the United States.
He said compared to the same period last year when 6.61 million American visitors arrived in the Caribbean, the 2014 figure represents a 3.9 percent rise in arrivals from the US market.
Griffith also announced that the cruise sector enjoyed an eight per cent increase in passenger arrivals to reach 13.1 million after the first half of this year.