Montserrat visitors climb

The Montserrat Tourist Board recently released the leisure arrival statistics for 2006, showing a significant increase from the previous year, with the largest percentage increase coming from North America.
“We are impressed with the numbers that we are seeing from the leisure sector this past year and believe that they will only continue to rise,” stated Ernestine Cassell, director of tourism. “With all of the eco-activities, beautiful beaches and cultural heritage on our island, visitors have so many reasons to come and explore.”
The most significant increase in 2006 was seen in the North American market, with arrivals from the USA increasing 45 percent and those from Canada rising 42 percent.  Other noteworthy numbers included a 79 percent jump in visitors from Ireland, a 63 percent increase from other Commonwealth Caribbean nations and a 52 percent increase from the rest of the Caribbean.
Montserrat, a lush green and mountainous island of approximately 39 square miles, lies in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands. Known fondly as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, this pear shaped island is a traveler’s paradise for nature lovers, divers, adventurers, family and villa vacationers, as well as honeymooners.
This British overseas territory boasts the spectacular Soufrière Hills Volcano, a modern day Pompeii in the form of its buried former capital city Plymouth, alongside lush, green mountains, world-class nature trails, secluded dark sand beaches, untouched reefs and a quiet friendly charm reminiscent of the way the Caribbean used to be.