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With stay-over tourism stalled, can Barbados rally behind cruise tourism?

With stay-over tourism stalled, can Barbados rally behind cruise tourism?

Posted by PanamericanWorld on February 17, 2014

Barbados’ beleaguered tourism industry took yet another blow at the end of 2013, according to the latest figures from the Barbados Statistical Service, which revealed that stay-over tourism decreased (2.2)% YoY in December to 51,027 visitors. Arrivals from Canada decreased (9.8)% to 7,606. Arrivals from Trinidad and Tobago fell (22.2)% to 1,992. Other CARICOM arrivals fell (4.7)% to 3,877. Arrivals from the Other Countries category fell (12.6)% to 2,029. Not all of the statistical returns were negative, including some from top markets. Arrivals from the US increased +1.5% to 12,137. Arrivals from Germany increased +2.6% to 1,595. Other Europe increased +12% to 4,849. UK arrivals were flat at 16,942.

For the most part though, December was a continuation of a yearlong downward trend. Stay-over arrivals for 2013 totaled 508,520, a YoY decrease of (5.7)% or (27,783) visitors, with each of Barbados’ top three markets registering declines. US arrivals dropped (7.8)% to 120,584. Canadian arrivals dropped (6.6)% to 67,295. UK arrivals fell (2.8)% to 168,733. Furthermore, Trinidad and Tobago decreased (16.8)% to 31,614. Other CARICOM decreased (4.8)% to 55,681 and Other Countries fell (10.8)% to 23,548. Meanwhile, Germany increased +12.2% to 10,300 arrivals. Other Europe was up +10.1% to 30,765.

If there is a glimmer of hope to be found in all this, it lies in the burgeoning cruise market. Cruise passengers increased +5.7% YoY in December to 79,264. For the year, cruise arrivals increased +10.2% to 570,263 on 374 ships, +16 more calls than in 2012. 

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