The latest figures indicate that Saint Lucia has surpassed all previous records set with regards to stay-over arrivals.
The Caribbean destination recorded 423,736 stay-over visitors last year, the highest figure in the island’s history.
St Lucia has thus welcomed 100,000 additional visitors in nine years – an increase of 38 per cent.
Much of the growth is being attributed to increases in airlift from the US market in particular, which this year, accounted for close to half (45 per cent) of total stay-over arrivals – roughly 191,000 visitors.
The Caribbean emerged as the island’s second largest market, claiming 20 per cent of total stay-over arrivals, followed closely by the UK market with 19 per cent and Canada with ten per cent.
In total, stay-over arrivals was up seven per cent from the previous year, which in itself, was a record-breaking year.
This increase in arrivals was of tremendous benefit to the tourism industry, and by extension, the entire economy of Saint Lucia as it resulted in increased bed-nights, meaning more persons stayed in paid accommodation, required taxi services and enjoyed the natural sites, attractions and cuisine that the island has to offer and thereby, created more job opportunities for the local…