February tourism arrivals shrinking

Both cruise and air arrival figures for February took a nose dive, making them both the third lowest figures for the month in the last 10 years.

The number of cruise arrivals for February this year was 136,809, down 22.3 per cent on the previous year.

Air arrivals, at 26,482, are down 12.8 per cent on the previous year.

The only years that the month of February has had lower figures than February 2009 was five months after Hurricane Ivan in 2005 (13,202) and when the island was still in Ivan recovery mode in February 2006 (25,004).

The best performing February in the past 10 years was in 2001 when there were 34,008 air arrivals.

For cruise arrivals, the only years that performed worse than February 2009 are back in February 2000 (112,236) and February 2001 (107,463) when cruise tourism was starting to build up.

The highest cruise figure for February in the past 10 years was in 2004 when there were 192,840 passenger arrivals.

For the year to date (through February) there have been 49,886 air arrivals, down 11.3 per cent on the same period last year.

For the year to date total cruise arrivals, at 298,466, are down 19.6 per cent.

So far this year, 78.5 per cent of air arrival visitors have come from the USA, down slightly from the 79.1 per cent that came from there last year.

Visitors from Europe went up from 7 per cent last year to 7.6 per cent this year.

Visitors from Canada went down slightly from 9.3 per cent of all visitors last year to 9 per cent this year.

Cruise arrivals have been falling in Grand Cayman for the past couple of years while air arrivals have been on the decline since last September.

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