In 2017 visitors to St Lucia rose by the highest growth rate in the Caribbean to reach a record 1.1 million visitors.

2017 was a record year for the tourism sector in St Lucia.

Record Visitor Numbers, Record Growth to St Lucia in 2017

The Eastern Caribbean island welcomed a record number of tourists last year.

According to data released by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, St Lucia welcomed 1.1 million (1,105,541) visitors in 2017.

With tourist arrivals increasing 11% compared to the previous year (2016), St Lucia also recorded the highest rate of growth in the Caribbean region.

Arrivals from the UK, which is one of the island’s most important source markets, rose by 12.5%.

The growth in stay over visitor arrivals which rose to 386,127, was mirrored by a growth in cruise arrivals, which rose by 14% to reach 669,217.

Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Fedee: “We are Happy with the Levels of Growth”

Dominic Fedee, Minister of Tourism, commented: “The tourism industry continues to be an incredibly important and vital part of the Saint Lucian economy. We are happy with the levels of growth witnessed and as we continue our marketing efforts, we are also looking to maximize the impact of tourism on our economy.”

2018 is also looking to be extremely positive for tourism to St Lucia.

The island was recently the only Caribbean island to appear in “ABTA’s 12 Destinations to Watch in 2018” in the ABTA Travel Trends Report, an annual report produced by ABTA (the UK’s largest travel association of travel agents and tour operators).

Tourism Surge Providing Uplift to St Lucia’s Real Estate Sector

The surge in tourism has provided uplift to St Lucia’s real estate sector.

Enquiries for property for sale in St Lucia have risen significantly as buyers scour the market for investment opportunities in popular locations such as Rodney Bay and Cap Estate.

The outlook for sales of St Lucia homes is also looking very promising for 2018.