The Cayman Islands is track for its biggest year in visitor arrivals yet.
Visitor stayover figures for October show a six per cent increase over the previous year for a total of 23,798 arrivals. All told, the country’s arrivals stood at 410,088 at the end of October, up one per cent, or 37,276 visitors for the first ten months of 201, when compared to the corresponding period last year.
Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said “This figure surpasses all January through October arrivals statistics of previous years recorded, an accomplishment that supports one of the objectives of government’s tourism mission to stimulate the economy of the Cayman Islands. It is estimated that total visitor spend increased by 7.4 per cent to US$747.4 million throughout this period.”
Kirkconnell continued that it is “reaffirming to hear first-hand the positive impact our stayover strategy is having on stimulating tourism businesses’ profit margin during what we consider traditional shoulder season.
“The Ministry has been steadfast in its commitment to our sector and the community at large to create more opportunities for entrepreneurship, training and development for those interested in tourism related endeavours, endeavours that largely rely on air arrivals to maintain a successful business model.
“My government strongly supports the dedicated work of the Department of Tourism to increase visitation to, and awareness of, the Cayman Islands around the globe to ensure that we maximize opportunities that create positive impacts to our sector and the businesses with in this market,” he added.