Tourism upswing

Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds (centre) speaking at the press briefing. Looking on are Robert Chase (left), acting chief executive officer of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Marsha Alleyne, lead coordinator for Tourism Week.

Long-stay visitors are up, as well as the money they have spent in the first seven months of the year. This was reported yesterday by Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds while addressing the launch of Tourism Week at Pelican Village in The City.

He expressed satisfaction with the 433 363 arrivals, an increase of 20 666 from January 1 to July 31, compared to last year. During that period long-stay arrivals from the United States were up by 11 per cent.

Symmonds said visitors from CARICOM had increased by just one per cent, having experienced a dip earlier this year that had now stabilised.

Though the minister did not give specifics, he said he was particularly pleased to see, according to the Central Bank, an increase of 5.5 per cent in visitor spend over the same period when compared to 2018.

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