August air arrivals soar to new heights

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An extraordinary year for the Cayman tourism industry continued in August, with tourism officials reporting that 30,564 passengers arrived at Owen Roberts International Airport in August. 

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the August 2014 arrivals were the highest air arrivals for the month of August since 2000, and marked a 24 percent increase over August 2013. The figure also indicated a climb of year-to-date figures of 11.73 percent.  

According to monthly arrival stats logged by the Department of Tourism online since 2000, the Cayman Islands has achieved record breaking visitor numbers for the past seven consecutive months.  

“This is an impressive year of positive numbers and is clearly demonstrating our strength in destination marketing, as well as enhanced tourism partner collaborations,” Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell said. 

Cruise arrivals in August also increased. 

“Not only are air arrivals surpassing expectations, cruise visitation is up over 56 percent for August 2014. For the month of August, the cruise sector hosted 105,936 passengers with only 16 ships in port in August,” Mr. Kirkconnell noted. 

Year-to-date cruise arrivals are 17.2 percent higher in 2014 compared to 2013.  

“We saw the inclusion of Cayman Brac into our cruise schedule this year and I am pleased to say there will be more visits in the months to come and continuing into 2015,” Minister Kirkconnell said. “It is the goal of my administration to create jobs and spread the economic benefit to all people of the Cayman Islands.” The minister added that Cayman was on target to exceed total arrivals in 2013.  

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Air arrivals for August 2014 were up 24 percent over August 2013. – PHOTO: JEFF BRAMMER