Tourist arrivals to the Caribbean are expected to surpass the 30 million mark for the first time this year, following a record 28.7 million visitors in 2015.
Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Richard Sealy, says the industry got off to a fast start in 2016, registering a 7.3 per cent rise in the first quarter over the corresponding period last year.
During this period, the Caribbean welcomed 8.5 million international visitors, 580,000 higher than the first quarter of 2015.
This performance was buttressed by lower oil prices and the strong US dollar, which increased the appeal of the region to potential visitors.
Nineteen destinations showed improvements upon their 2015 performance, with eight registering double digit growth of between 10.5 percent and 26.8 percent.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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