St Lucia recorded its best ever month for tourist arrivals in September.
Data received shows that 21,608 stay-over visitors made the trkek to the island last month, an increase of 15 per cent over the corresponding period last year and the largest percentage increase for the year.
The previous record, set back in 2017, was 20,049 and has been eclipsed by more than 1,000 additional visitors of 7.8 per cent.
“Most of this growth was driven by the 15% increase in arrivals from the US market – an additional 1,156 visitors, despite there being no major difference in airlift from that market.”
The country’s staging of the Caribbean Premier League also resulted in increased visitor arrivals from the region with the Caribbean market contributing 1,144 additional visitors, an increase of 25 per cent.
“While we welcome the increases, we will not stop in exploring every possible avenue, program, policy or niche, that will keep us top of mind…”– Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee
Moreover, France and Canada also saw double digit percentage increases of 52 per cent and 43 per cent respectively. The only markets that did not grow by such notable margins were the United Kingston and some other parts of Europe, a release by the Tourism Ministry said.
“While we welcome the increases, we will not stop in exploring every possible avenue, program, policy or niche, that will keep us top of mind in the marketplace so as to drive visitor arrivals to our destination,” said Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee.
St Lucia is benefitting from an unprecedented run in its tourist arrival performance with seven months surpassing previous bests prior to this.