Tourism numbers for 2018 continue to out-pace their 2017 counterparts. The Tourism ministry continues to update the public on month-to-month stats.
In a press release, the Department of Tourism says that incoming visitors continue to rise. In April, they say the number of visitors overall grew 15% compared to the same period in 2017.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Moses Kirkconnell describes the growth as modest but said Cayman must continue to strive for great results.
“Outstanding performance for the Cayman Islands does not mean that we can sit back or minimize our efforts. So I am committed to supporting our local stakeholders to position the Cayman Islands as the destination of choice. I am optimistic that we will see sustained growth in the months to come,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.
According to the Ministry’s numbers, cruise arrivals rose by 21% in April of this year versus last year. With more than 150, 000 cruise passengers visiting Cayman last month. It’s a record for the month of April. Air arrivals in April record little growth for the month of April, with over 39,000 visitors, a 0.33% increase over 2017.
Moderate growth was recordedd for passengers coming from the United States. A total rise of 2.3% Canada arrivals increased by 5.59%, an addition over 126 passengers for the month of April. Latin America carried the largest recorded growth of visitors which rose by over 12%
The Department of Tourism says strong performance is expected to continue through 2018 as new flight routes open in the Cayman Islands including a new jet blue route through Fort Lauderdale.