The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board have released figures highlighting visitor arrivals for last December. They reveal a dramatic 27 per cent increase over the same month during 2001.
While this 27 percent increase was the second highest increase in arrivals since the 9/11 tragedy that impacted tourism throughout the region, in November an increase of 46 per cent was recorded, the highest increase in any month-to-month comparison in Turks and Caicos Islands history.
Director of Tourism, John Skippings comments, “These figures are very encouraging to all of us in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and even to our Caribbean neighbours, because it proves that we have started to rebound from the effects of 9/11. We are very optimistic about this and look forward to continued success in this New Year.”
Meanwhile, overall year-to-date figures for 2002 show TCI arrivals sustained a 6 per cent decrease when compared to the total recorded in 2001. Despite this, officials are still pleased with the statistics, which are much better than expected given current economic conditions and travel trends. It was originally thought that the decrease would have been far more severe.
The 40 islands of the Turks and Caicos, of which eight are inhabited, make up a self-governing British Overseas Territory located 575 miles southeast of Miami. The islands consist of two groups: the Turks, which include the Capital Island Grand Turk and Salt Cay; and the Caicos, which include South Caicos, North Caicos, Parrot Cay, and Pine Cay. The islands are renowned for their award-winning beaches, excellent diving and fishing, and array of first-class exclusive and elegant resorts.