Cruise boom pushes up tourism figures in Grenada

Cruise boom pushes up tourism figures in Grenada

Some 18.88 per cent more cruise and stay-over visitors came to Grenada in 2014 than in 2013, revealing an increased interest for travel to the beautiful tri-island state.

Cruise is one of five main market niches for Grenada, with three ports of entry for cruise ships.

One hundred and fifty six cruise calls brought 235,140 passengers to Grenada in 2014, contributing an excess of twenty six million Eastern Caribbean dollars to the economy.

Last year, ports at Grenada and Carriacou welcomed a total of 11 inaugural cruise calls, with two during the months of July and September after a long hiatus.

There were 133,521 stay-over visitors in 2014, an increase of 18.36 per cent or 20,709 in real terms when compared to 2013.

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These stay-over arrivals added over $347M to the economy.

On average, Maurice Bishop International Airport receives 340 inbound flights weekly from major cities in the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Visitors came to Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique mostly for leisure, vacation, visiting family or friends, weddings, honeymoons, or business.

The majority of persons that came last year for weddings and honeymoons were from the United States of America, while 90 per cent of visitors who came for business and conventions were from the Caribbean.

Venezuela proved to be an emerging source market for visitors to Grenada.