The Turks and Caicos Islands enjoyed a promising start for tourism arrivals in 2003. A total of 81,955 visitors made the Turks and Caicos Islands their destination of choice from January through April, which represented a 53% increase compared to the same period in 2002.
Festival Cruise-ships called in to Grand Turk on a weekly basis through the period and provided a welcome boost over the season to the Capital Island in the beautiful by nature island chain.
From January to March a total of 48,636 tourists came to the Turks and Caicos Islands for their holidays. The honeymoon market showed a significant increase in this same period by some 30%. The United States continued to be the most dominant market.
Director of Tourism John Skippings comments, “This has been a good start for 2003 compared to 2002 and shows we are getting back on track. We will continue to work with our partners and airlines to ensure our destination continues to meet the challenges and we will continue to develop new niche markets.”
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