Caribbean Tourism Sets A New High Water Mark At 29 Million Visitors!
CHTA’S Frank Comito
SAN JUAN — Caribbean tourism officials say the region received a record number of visitors last year as arrivals topped 29 million.
But they say they expect a slight drop this year because of the uncertainty surrounding actions that President Donald Trump might take.
“Hoteliers entered 2016 with high performance expectations but these were tempered as a combination of unanticipated factors surfaced during the year,” said Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Director General Frank Comito.
These events included a warmer than usual winter in the region’s primary feeder markets, Canadian and UK exchange rates, Brexit, the threat of Zika, and political and economic certainty in parts of the world, according to the survey respondents.
The majority of last year’s visitors came from the United States, although the region also saw an 11 percent growth in visitors from Europe and the United Kingdom.