The 2016 numbers are in and the Caribbean had a record year in terms of visitors and cruise ship passengers. Arrivals were north of 29 million, a bump of +4.2% since the prior year and the 7th straight year of growth for the Caribbean. Tourists mainly visited from the US, but Europe continues to increase with +11% year-over-year growth. Cruise ship arrivals set a record of 26.3 million arrivals. However, it wasn’t all positive news. While Bermuda, Cuba, Guyana, and the Turks & Caicos saw increases, Barbados and the Dutch, British, and US Virgin islands saw declines. Arrivals from Canada were down -3.5% while South American visits were down -11%.
Growth is expected again this year, though there’s uncertainty about the level given Trump and Brexit