More than 25 million tourists visited the Caribbean region in 2013 spending approximately US$28.1 billion.
The information provided by the Caribbean Tourism Organization is illustrated in a new infographic titled, Caribbean Tourism at a Glance created by Caribbean & Co., which show that the United States maintained its position as the main market for stay-over visitors to the region, representing 12.3 million or just about half of the tourist arrivals in 2013.
“It is encouraging to see that the region continues to be a major attraction for both stay-over and cruise visitors despite the economic challenges being experienced in some parts of the world. It is also noteworthy to see an increase in arrivals from emerging markets such as South America, which has shown consistent growth in the last five years with 70% more visitors over 2009 figures,” says Ursula Petula Barzey, founder of Caribbean & Co.
Europe accounted for 4.7 million or 18.9% of visitor arrivals, while 3 million Canadians visited the region, amounting to 12.3% of the total stay-over visitors. Interregional tourism represented 6.4% of stay-over visitors with nearly 1.6 million people travelling between the islands for tourism purposes.
The Dominican Republic maintained its four-year lead with 4.6 million visitors, followed by Cuba with 2.8 million and Jamaica with 2 million passengers. Puerto Rico, which recorded 1.5 million visitors, and the Bahamas, with 1.3 million, rounded out the top five preferred destinations.
Meanwhile, 45.3% of global cruise passengers were hosted in the Caribbean region, amounting to 21.8 million people. The Bahamas was the top destination for cruise arrivals with 4.7 million passengers followed by the US Virgin Islands in a distant second with 1.9 million cruise visitors. St. Maarten, the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica completed the top five cruise destinations in the region.
Caribbean & Co. promotes Caribbean lifestyle and luxury brands to potential customers in new markets across the globe. Though a mostly digital suite of products and services, the company’s mission is to raise awareness and ultimately increase market share for established as well as up-and-upcoming Caribbean brands across 15 lifestyle and luxury sectors. Learn more about Caribbean & Co