Tourism to the tiny jet set island of Anguilla has well and truly bounced back from Hurricane Irma.
In September 2017 the eye of the storm passed over the island causing significant damage and setting tourism and real estate in Anguilla back significantly.
Tourism Businesses Damaged by Irma
In the months following the hurricane, visitor arrivals dropped, descending to its lowest ever level in December of that year – just 2,596 visitors.
However since then, hotels, villas and other tourism businesses have worked hard to make repairs and get back to business.
Record Tourist Arrivals in December 2018
As a result, one year on, the island has reported a surge in tourism and interest in real estate for sale in Anguilla has returned.
In December 2018 Anguilla recorded record levels of tourist arrivals, with more than 9,100 arrivals staying for an average 8.7 nights.
Arrivals from key source markets recorded big increase – Arrivals from the UK, for example, rose from 162 in December 2017 to 453 in December 2018.
“These figures not only show just how well and how quickly Anguilla has bounced back from Irma but also the resilience of the UK market,” commented Carolyn Brown, UK & Scandinavia Director of the Anguilla Tourist Board.
Growth in Tourism Set to Continue in 2019
This year the island is expecting growth in tourism to continue.
“We’re preparing ourselves for a bumper year in 2019 with operators already reporting strong bookings as visitors plan their post-Irma return to the Island,” she added.
Increased Tourism Has Reignited Interest in Anguilla Real Estate
The return of tourists to the island has reignited interest in Anguilla’s luxury property market.