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Published on : Thursday, November 3, 2016
Tourism in the Caribbean grew by 7% in 2015, much higher than it was expected. Hugh Riley, Secretary General and CEO of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) said that this increase was above the global rate of growth and the region’s arrival and visitor spending records has exceeded expectations.
Riley said that in 2015, tourists to the Caribbean spent over $1 billion more than the previous year, contributing approximately US$30 billion to Caribbean economies. For 2016, visitor data revealed that tourist trips increased by 5.2% in the first six months compared to the same period of 2015.
However, Riley said that they shouldn’t feel satisfied with this result and work towards becoming the world’s most desirable destination the year round. He also stressed upon the idea of sustainable tourism development. To mark the Caribbean tourism month, the theme for the month is One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.