Barbados tourism industry sees 17% increase in visitors from the US

Published on : Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Barbados tourism industryBarbados recorded a 17 per cent increase in visitor arrivals from the United States so far this year.

Barbados Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy said that the industry in Barbados remains optimistic. Compared to the same period last year, so far, this year, Barbados has seen steady flow of tourists. The minister attributed much of this tourist flow to the partnership the island has with low-cost US-based carrier JetBlue.


Sealy said that the partnership between Barbados and the airline is a very important one.
“So, we are in a very good place and therefore this relationship, this partnership, I can say in all sincerity, is a meaningful one and would have fueled the growth that we are seeing, particularly out of the US market,” Sealy said.

He further added, “This growth that we are seeing from JetBlue is accruing in a point in time when airlines have been more about protecting their yields, which means they are just holding on to what they have and not venturing out into anything new, but JetBlue has been prepared to work with us.”

The Tourism Minister also said that the Canadian and Caribbean markets remained very strong, with the UK market registering a moderate increase.

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