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Barbados set to welcome boom in US tourists following airlift uptick

Barbados set to welcome boom in US tourists following airlift uptick

Following a year of record-breaking growth, Barbados anticipates an even larger influx of US visitors with the latest uptick in flight service to the country.

This month, American Airlines, the largest airline carrier in the United States, unveiled its newest routes, which include a third daily flight from Miami International Airport to Grantley Adams International Airport.

Commencing December 19th this year, the new route will hinge on Barbados ascension as the Caribbean destination du jour.

In 2017, Barbados welcomed 188,970 US visitors – a 30 year high – and the country is showing no signs of slowing down.

“The US is a very important growth market for Barbados and the commitment we’ve seen from our airline partners to increase and enhance flight options is backing this trend,” said Barbados minister of tourism, Richard Sealy.


“As we know, ease and accessibility are primary drivers for customers’ consideration of a destination, and with this increased service from the Miami gateway, we anticipate even more success with visitor arrivals from the US market.”

High-level airline partnerships have been a cornerstone effort for Barbados Tourism Marketing.

This strategy has led to increased airlift and the introduction of new gateways including Fort Lauderdale, Boston and Newark.

“We are ecstatic to see the increase in service from American Airlines, which will add millions in economic impact to Barbados,” said Petra Roach, United States director Barbados Tourism Marketing.

“My team is steadfast in our efforts to build long-term relationships with our airline partners.

“The incursion of new visitors couldn’t be timed more perfectly given the boom in our accommodation sector, which has brought on a variety of new and renovated offerings needed to meet the demand,” Roach said.