As the cruise ship levy argument continues to brew and simmer in the realms of the CTO and CHA, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has announced that it is expecting an influx of five cruise ships this year, which equates to an arrival rate increase of 42%.
Included in these figures are four European vessels. The Ministry of tourism has actively endorsed and supported cruise arrivals since the opening of a major cruise port in 2000. This has assisted the amount of arrivals to the Caribbean islands, which accounted for 28 percent of total arrivals in 2002.
In a report by the Cruise Line International Association, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was stated as working well with the cruise sector owing to the ‘diversity of activities and historical sites.’