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Published on : Friday, May 29, 2015
“This was a very strong winter season. The Caribbean Tourism Organization has predicted a 5 percent increase in long-stay arrivals for the region for the entire year and we believe our performance in this first quarter bodes well for us to comfortably exceed that target,” Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc. Chairman Alvin Jemmott said Thursday.
Arrivals in the first quarter were up 15.1 percent over January-March 2014, Jemmott said, beating the CTO’s forecast.
The chairman attributed the record influx of tourists to various factors, such as increased airlift capacity and healthy economic conditions in key source markets, such as Britain, the United States, Germany and Canada.
BTMI’s CEO, William Griffith, said the island’s total airlift capacity for the May 1-Oct. 31 summer period was set to rise by 3.6 percent, “largely driven by additional flights and the use of larger aircraft by the island’s airline partners.”