After a record year for tourism in 2014, arrival figures continue to soar in the new year.
Just over 34,000 tourists touched down at Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman in January, a 9.5 percent increase over the same month last year, which was at that point the best January on record. Cruise tourism has also continued to rebound in 2015. Just over 200,000 cruise tourists arrived in the Cayman Islands in January, up 7 percent from the same period last year.
Air arrival figures – the key metric for the success of the industry – have been steadily rising since 2009. More than 380,000 tourists arrived on island by air last year, which was the best on record. The January figures suggest the trend is continuing into 2015.
Cruise tourism was also up last year, by 16 percent, with just over 1.6 million visitors arriving on Cayman’s shores. The positive figures represent a general trend for the industry across the Caribbean in 2014, as the U.S. – the main source of tourists for the region – continues to recover from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization has forecast a further 5 percent increase in tourist arrivals across the region for 2015.