Many Caribbean destinations expect Q1 2018 hotel bookings to equal or surpass 2017.

If you are planning an island escape over the Christmas and New Year period to view real estate for sale in the Caribbean, don’t delay booking your accommodation.

According to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), many destinations in the region expect their hotels to be fully booked for the festive period and the first quarter of 2018.

Christmas on the beach in the Caribbean

Christmas on the beach in the Caribbean

Hotels Reporting 90%+ Occupancy Levels

Despite some expectations that hotel occupancy may have been negatively impacted by recent hurricanes Irma and Maria, many destinations are reporting a surge in bookings and occupancy levels in excess of 90%.

The CHTA surveyed destinations across the Caribbean and received extremely positive feedback.

A press release from the CHTA stated “several destinations reported that a number of their hotels anticipate being sold out over the Christmas and New Year’s period. Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Cancun, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and The Bahamas all reported strong bookings.”

Strong Rebound in Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos Islands, which was one of the first hurricane-impacted destinations to rebound, fully recovering and opening within weeks following the storms, is reporting occupancies in excess of 90% over the holidays and strong first quarter bookings.”

Hotels Up and Running In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico announced last week that it is open for business, with many of the hotels in the popular coastal stretch in and around San Juan up and running and thousands of restaurants now operating,” the CHTA added.

Forward Bookings Equalling or Surpassing 2017

According to Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of the CHTA, “a sampling of the region’s 32 holiday destinations all pointed to a surge in holiday bookings and most indicated that forward bookings into the first quarter of 2018 are equaling or surpassing 2017.”

There is still time to book a Caribbean vacation for the festive period, but don’t wait too long…