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Tourist visits up by 18.13%, but Kirkconnell says a drop in cruise arrivals expected in 2019

Cayman’s latest tourism numbers are in and Deputy Premier Hon. Moses Kirkconnell says total visitation is up by 18. 13 percent.
The Tourism Minister told legislators Friday (16 November) that total visitation, which includes both air and cruise arrivals, for the period January to October 2018 was 1.92M. “This represents an increase of 18.13% or 296,018 additional visitors over the same period in 2017.”

He said for the ten-month period between January and October 2018 – 1,557,307 cruise passengers arrived in Grand Cayman, reflecting an increase of 19.84% compared to the same period in 2017. Mr. Kirkconnell said from August 2017 the Cayman Islands began receiving cruise calls from ships that had been diverted from ports in the Eastern Caribbean.

In 2018, he said, Grand Cayman has continued to benefit from additional cruise calls while ports in the Eastern Caribbean incrementally come back on stream. But come 2019 that will change.
“For 2019 as more ships return to their original schedules, cruise arrivals are forecast to drop by 5% to 1.8M passengers,” said the Tourism Minister.

He said combined visitation for the first ten months of this year was the highest in Cayman’s recorded history; and has surpassed 2006 when the previous combined visitation record was established.

He said the CI Port Authority is forecasting that Cayman will receive approximately 1.94M cruise passengers by year-end.

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Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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