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Saint Lucia Tourism Just Set Another Visitor Record

Posted by David Farrin on January 29, 2019
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Saint Lucia Tourism Just Set Another Visitor Record

Saint Lucia’s tourism industry had another record-setting year in 2018.

According to a new report from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.

The destination reported a total of 1,218,294 visitors in 2018, a 10.2 percent increase over 2017.

The combined total was buoyed by a 13.6 percent increase in cruise passenger arrivals. The expansion at the Pointe Seraphine cruise berth in Castries was instrumental in this.

The figures above coincided with a 26.7 percent increase in yacht arrivals.

While stay over arrivals rose by 2.2 percent to 394,780 in the calendar year.

The latter included growth of 4.1 percent in the United States market. 4.9 percent growth in the United Kingdom market. Balanced against a 5.9 percent reduction from Canada. This figure was due in large part due to reduced frequencies on West Jet.

So far, the projections for 2019 look good. Officials at Virgin Holidays, for example, reporting 27.9 percent growth over last year.

“The SLTA is angling for greater growth in 2019. They will continue its aggressive marketing campaigns to attract more visitors to the destination.

By the Caribbean Journal staff

original article can be found here https://www.caribjournal.com/2019/01/22/saint-lucia-tourism-just-set-another-visitor-record/