* Overall tourists arrivals to the region have increased in 2010
* Cruise arrivals grew faster than land-based
* Aggregate spending above previous years due to higher arrival numbers
* Average spending back to 2004 level
* Relatively low level of spending still exerting pressure on the region’s industry and economies
* Arrivals expected to grow around 5% in 2011 and spending by no more than 3% - bargains and discounts dictating
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20 of 28 reporting countries showed increase in stay-over arrivals so far for the year; Five destinations reported increases in excess of 10 % (Anguilla, BVI, Cancun, Saint Lucia and St. Eustatius) and another seven surpass the 5% threshold.
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1. Wider Caribbean Region
Tourists arrivals in the Caribbean continue to rebound. Aggregate tourists arrivals to the wider Caribbean as gauged by recorded arrivals from 23 of the 33 CTO member countries increased by 4.5% so far in 2010.
Activity in the US market has resurged admirably recording a 6.5% in the first four months of this year. In been the most reassuring performance of all the major markets. In contrast, the Canadian market has slowed down, up just 1% so far this year. This was a reversal in the direction and magnitude observed in that market which remained robust throughout the quarters of last year when the global economic crisis was at its deepest.
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Tourists arrivals in the Caribbean are on the rebound. Although aggregate tourist arrivals to the wider Caribbean (ie all 33 CTO member countries) declined by 3.6% in 2009, quarterly data show successive improvements during the year.
• Further redeeming feature is that tourism activity is still significantly high recording 22.1 million down from 22.9 in 2008 – This is also consistent with the decline in global tourism as recorded by UNWTO.
In total, quarterly arrivals reveal a scenario of hope. Arrival activity showed signs of rapid recovery after double digit declines in the troughs of the global economic crisis
• First quarter 6.6% decline
• Second quarter a fall of 6.0%
• Third quarter down 2.0%
• Fourth quarter actually rose 1.0%
Making The Caribbean Competitive - International Air Transport Association, 2009
Caribbean Tourism Performance - published Oct. 2008, by Winfield Griffith, Ag. Dir. Research & Information Management; Point presentation on industry performance Jan to Oct. 2008.: Includes data from 2002 - 2007.
Tourism Trends, Issues and Challenges - published April 2009 by Winfield Griffith, Ag. Dir. Reseach & Information Management, CTO
Outlook for Travel in the Caribbean; published Jan. 18, 2009 by Michael Greve & Adam Saks of Tourism Economics
We can perhaps describe the Caribbean tourism sector as “continuing to hold its own” in 2005. Based upon the available returns from its 31 member countries, which encompass the English, French, Dutch, Spanish-speaking Caribbean as well as the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) estimates that tourist (stay-over) arrivals to the region increased by 3.6 percent to reach 22.5 million in 2005.
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Tourist Stop Over Arrivals 2005;
Tourist Arrivals by Main Market 2005;
Tourist Arrivals by Month 2005
Cruise Passenger Arrivals 2005, 2004
We can perhaps describe the Caribbean tourism sector as “robustly holding its own” in 2004. Based upon the available returns from its member countries, which encompass the English, French, Dutch, Spanish-speaking Caribbean as well as the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) estimates that tourist arrivals to the region grew by 7 percent to reach 21.8 million in 2004.
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Prospects for Caribbean Travel - CTC 27, in 2004, by Richard Cope of Mintel Reports
Caribbean Travel & Tourism “Tale of Paradoxes - By Air, By Land, By Sea: Industry Analysts Present the Facts. Presented By
Hudson Husbands (PhD) - Chairman, Barbados Tourism Authority, Consulting Principal, Tourism Global Inc. in 2004 at CTC 27
2004 Caribbean Tourism Performance & Prospects - by Arley Sobers, former Dir. Research & Info. Management
Prospects for Caribbean Travel - by Richard Cope of Mintel Reports, presented at CTC 27 in 2004
Over a period of just over two years, the international tourist sector has undergone a series of what I can only describe as shock events - beginning with 9/11 and followed in quick succession by wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and then SARS - which interrupted the generally upward growth of the industry and, indeed, has left a lasting impression upon it. As a result, according to the World Tourism Organization, international tourism worldwide declined in 2001, posted a modest increase in 2002 but declined again in 2003.
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2002 Tourism Overview prepared by Arley Sobers
CTC 25, 2002 Tourism Overview - by Arley Sobers, former Dir. Research & Info. Management
International & Caribbean Tourist Arrivals 1970 - 2004
Tourist Arrivals in Caribbean by Main Market 1980-2004
Cruise Passenger Arrivals 1980 - 2004
International and Caribbean Tourist Receipts: 1980-2004 (US$ billions)
Tourist Arrivals in the Caribbean by Destination 2000 - 2004 (thousands)
Distribution of Tourist Arrivals in the Caribbean by Sub-Region 2000-2004
Caribbean Tourist Arrivals by Month - 2004 & 2003