FORT LAUDERDALE – The Caribbean Lodge and Tourism Affiliation (CHTA) is applauding Caribbean tourism stakeholders for his or her distinctive efforts in main the worldwide journey rebound this 12 months, noting specifically the strides made by the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and Curaçao.
New analysis from ForwardKeys, a strategic information companion of CHTA, reveals that worldwide arrivals to the Caribbean for the primary two months in 2023 are behind by just one p.c when in comparison with the identical interval in 2019. In distinction, Europe is registering a 25 p.c lag, whereas Asia-Pacific is 54 p.c behind. Whole worldwide inbound is trailing by 31 p.c in comparison with the identical interval in 2019.
“These are spectacular outcomes for our area,” acknowledged CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig, who expressed her gratitude for the shut collaboration and sensible partnerships between well being organizations, hospitality leaders, companies, governments, the Caribbean Tourism Group, airways, and the hard-working employees within the customer business that helped to realize such a powerful restoration.
U.S. Virgin Islands tops Caribbean restoration
In response to ticket reserving information for arrivals via the top of March, the USVI has recorded a powerful enhance of greater than 22 p.c in comparison with the identical interval in 2019, main the area. Following carefully behind is St. Maarten, with a progress charge of 18 p.c, whereas Guadeloupe and Turks and Caicos are tied at 17 p.c. The USVI has additionally obtained high marks for its resilience measured by arrivals progress for the primary two months of the 12 months in contrast with 2019.
An necessary issue contributing to the expansion of Caribbean tourism is the rise in vacationers from South America. Colombia and Argentina are among the many top-growing worldwide markets to the area, with progress charges of fifty p.c and 15 p.c, respectively. Curaçao, Jamaica and Aruba have seen the best will increase in enterprise from Argentina.
Curaçao registers spectacular outcomes
Curaçao can also be main the area by way of welcoming guests from South America, primarily via the rising Panama Metropolis hub, adopted by the Dominican Republic and Aruba.
Olivier Ponti, VP of Insights at ForwardKeys, highlighted the significance of regional hubs for vacationers from South America who sometimes have to connect with attain their vacation spot. “ForwardKeys has uncovered the expansion of Panama Metropolis as a gateway to the Caribbean for journeys from South America. Miami is, quite the opposite, shedding its market share (for connections to the area from South America),” stated Ponti. Nonetheless, he additionally famous that restricted air capability stays one of many foremost challenges hindering progress in some rising markets for the Caribbean.
In the meantime, Curaçao has additionally proven spectacular progress within the U.S. market, with Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda following carefully behind. For the French market, St. Barts, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico are seeing the best charges of enhance.
In response to ForwardKeys, there was an increase in flight searches from Canada, which is welcome information for the area as journey from Canada has been slower to recuperate.
Demand for spring and summer season journey to the Caribbean is anticipated to surpass 2019 ranges, with spring arrivals projected to exceed 2019 figures by 20 p.c and summer season arrivals set to eclipse pre-pandemic data by 48 p.c.
Madden-Greig provided phrases of encouragement to Caribbean tourism stakeholders, emphasizing the significance of continuous to pursue cooperative efforts and dedication to strengthening the area’s essential tourism business.