San Juan, Puerto Rico - Caribbean tourists are spending more money during their visits to the region, with the jump in expenditures surpassing the rise in arrivals for the first time in three years, according to new statistics.
The US remains the Caribbean's core market, while there was a drop in visitors from the United Kingdom and Europe and nearly zero growth in Canadian travellers, according to a statement issued by Johnson JohnRose, spokesperson for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
Visitors spent more than $28-billion last year, a more than two percent increase from 2012, CTO chairwoman Beverly Nicholson-Doty announced The hotel sector also reported a more than seven percent rise in room revenues.
However, the region saw only a 1.8 percent increase in arrivals last year, compared to a five percent increase in 2012. Overall, more than 25 million people visited the Caribbean in 2013, in part thanks to a surge in tourists from new markets, Nicholson-Doty said.
“While the main source markets are sputtering, tourists from South America are flocking to the region in large numbers,” she said.