Cline Glidden announced Thursday that air arrivals in the Cayman Islands in 2012 were the highest in 11 years, while cruise arrivals were up on last year’s numbers.
Last year, 321,650 tourists flew into Cayman, an increase of 12,558 people or 4.1 per cent over air arrivals in 2011.
December 2012 was the highest month of December for air arrivals in 12 years, with 35,408 visitors flying in – an increase of 6.2 per cent over December 2011.
There was also an increase in cruise arrivals, with 1,570,370 people arriving by ship, which is up 7.6 per cent on 2011.
However, Mr. Glidden pointed out that, while the cruise numbers were up year on year, 2011 had been “a very bad year” for cruise arrivals. “Obviously, we’re still concerned about the number even though we have an increase in 2012,” he said.
The visitor numbers are up, despite cost cutting within the Department of Tourism, the minister said.
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