1:00 PM Miami – Cruise arrivals in Caribbean rebounded as tourists take advantage of bargains and loosen purse strings. Bahamas attracted 22% of 18.4 million arrivals as total visitors to the region increase 8% in the year.
Cruise arrivals in 2019 increased 8% from the previous year as tourists took advantage of bargains.
Total arrivals increased to 18.5 million in 2020 from 17 million in the previous year as reported by The Caribbean Tourism Organization. The latest tally of cruise tourists is based on the data available as of February 15.
Four leading destinations in the Caribbean region held their market share with the Bahamas leading the charts with 3.8 million cruise arrivals, with an increase of 17% from a year ago.
Cozumel, the second most visited destination drew cruise arrivals increase of 31% to 2.6 million from 1.94 million for the 11-month period to November.
U.S. Virgin Islands attracted the third largest visitors with a total of 1.8 million compared to 1.58 million, an increase of 17.5% from a year ago.
Cayman Islands, with the fourth largest cruise arrivals attracted 1.6 million visitors compared to 1.5 million a year ago, an increase of 5.1% from a year ago.
Four leading destination together hosted 9.8 million of total of 18.4 million visitors in 2018 compared to 8.1 million of 17 million visitors in 2017.
St. Maarten attracted 1.3 million visitors in 2010, an increase of 25.3% from a year ago visitors of 1.05 million.
Puerto Rico visitor count was flat at 0.95 million and Jamaica reported a decline of 1.4% to 0.9 million visitors.
Belize visitors’ arrivals increased 11.1% to 650,776, Barbados count increased 4.6% to 664,747 and St Lucia tourists declined 4.2% to 670,043.
The largest decline was reported by Antigua with visitors dropping 23.3% to 546,000 followed by 22.9% fall to 93,386 at St. Vincent and Grenadine and Trinidad visitor count declining 14% to 71,802.
Cozumel reported the largest increase of 31.8% to 2.6 million in the first eleven months of 2020.