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Caribbean earned big from tourism in 2014

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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The Caribbean welcomed a record 26.3 million tourists in 2014; 1.3 million more than in 2013 that represents a 5.3 per cent rise over the previous year. “Last year, we received more visitors than ever before – recording our fifth straight year of growth as a Region – and visitors spent more money in the Caribbean than they ever did before,” said the Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Richard Sealy who is also Barbados’s minister of tourism and international transport.

The 26.3 million visitors contributed a record US$29.2 billion to Caribbean economies, a 3.9 per cent rise over the US$28 billion that visitors spent in 2013.

“Last year, we received more visitors than ever before – recording our fifth straight year of growth as a Region – and visitors spent more money in the Caribbean than they ever did before,” said Mr. Sealy.

The US continues to be the region’s primary market, with nearly 13 million Americans – or just under half of the total arrivals – to the region. Canada rallied from a flat performance in 2013 to post a 5.7 per cent increase, while Europe topped five million visitors for the first time since 2008, registering a 4.6 per cent increase over 2013.

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