The Caribbean is showing positive signs of recovery according to statistics released by certain islands in the region, some more so then others. The Bahamas witnessed a 4.3% hike compared to 2002, equating to a record 4.1 million visitors last year. Cruises as well as flight arrivals have increased. Director of Tourism Mr. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace indicated that there has been ‘consistent growth’ over many years.
At present Pelican Bay at Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island, in celebration of its 48 new luxury suites, is offering a fourth night free package when three are booked. Travel must be completed by April 30.
St. Lucia is one of the biggest winners with a reported increase of 9.3% over ‘02. St. Lucia has also recently been chosen to host the sixth annual CMEx conference in June of this year.
Curacao’s stopover visitors from the U.S. reached 40,019, an increase of 2.8% over 2002. That is a hat-trick for the island.