From January to June of this year Barbados has welcomed over 10,000 more visitors than visited the island during the same period of the previous year.
According to figures released by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), the Eastern Caribbean island welcomed 357,668 stay-over visitors during the first 6 months of this year.
This represents an increase of 3.1% compared to the first half of 2017.
Arrivals Up from UK, USA, Canada, the Caribbean & Europe
This includes a 2.8% increase in visitors from the UK (rising to 119,241 arrivals – 33.3% of the total).
Arrivals from the USA and Canada increased by 8.8% and 2.9% respectively.
In total Barbados welcomed 107,328 arrivals from the USA and 53,236 arrivals from Canada during the 6 month period.
Arrivals from the Caribbean increased by 3.1% while arrivals from Europe rose by 4.3%.
Extra Airlift Contributing to Increased Visitor Arrivals
Much of the increase in visitor arrivals is due to extra airlift, including a twice weekly flights from London Heathrow to Barbados operated by Virgin Atlantic since last December and a direct weekly service from London Gatwick operated by Thomas Cook.
Growth Set to Continue
Barbados is aiming to capitalize on this growth through the launch of additional new flight services such as Copa Airlines’ new service connecting Barbados with Panama which started on 17th July and American Airlines extra daily flights to Barbados from Miami and Charlotte (commencing 19th December).
Improved Access for Barbados Real Estate Buyers
The extra airlift is set to benefit both tourism as well as property buyers looking to invest in real estate in Barbados.