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More tourists taking Turks and Caicos holidays

When comparing the figures for the first half of 2010 against those reported the previous year during the same period, an increase of 25% more tourist arriving to Turks and Caicos holidays can be noted, showing how this Caribbean nation's popularity rises

More tourists taking Turks and Caicos holidays

It is looking good for Turks and Caicos holidays as the Caribbean island nation experiences an unprecedented surge in the number of tourist arrivals despite the global recession. It was recently reported that the number of travellers spending Caribbean holidays on the Turks and Caicos Islands increased by 25 % for the first half of this year when compared with the same period last year.

“We are thrilled to see our arrival numbers for 2010 (first half) up 25 % and we are optimistic that these numbers will continue to climb through the remainder of the year, except for the traditional slow months of September and October when many of our hotel partners close for repairs and refurbishment.” - Acting Director of Tourism for Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Ralph Higgs, proudly declared.

A report for the first half of 2010 shows that as many as 489,069 long stay and cruise visitors were welcomed to Caribbean holidays in Turks and Caicos. This number represents 167,057 long stay visitors for the first six months of this year, compared to 131,352 for the same period last year. Between January and June this year, 322,012 visitors arrived by cruise ship, as against 258, 495 for the corresponding period last year. During the first half of 2010, the TCI welcomed a total of 125 cruise ships, a 25% increase over the same period 2009, when the destination recorded 113 cruise ship arrivals.

The USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean remain the Turks and Caicos' major source markets. These markets have grown by 21%, 97%, 5%and 27% respectively.

Higgs added, “We are impressed by these increases and we feel this speaks to the strength of our tourism industries; airlift, accommodation, attractions both natural and man-made; and the hospitable nature of our people working directly and indirectly in our tourism industry.”

In addition to this, officials in the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Finance confirmed that increased tourist arriving to Caribbean holidays in Turks and Caicos correspond with revenue collected from the accommodation tax for the same period in 2009.

On the other hand, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) also confirmed that unaudited occupancy figures amongst its members also showed average increases of 11 % for the first half of 2010, but admitted that room rates had been simultaneously discounted as a means to attract more guests to luxury holidays in the Caribbean during these difficult financial times.

Moving forward, the Tourist Board said it will continue to increase its presence within the market place, embarking on a series of travel and trade shows, sponsor and promotional events in the US, Canada and Europe and continue working with wholesalers and hotel partners to sell the destination.

The Tourist Board added that they are also working to make the Turks and Caicos holidays more accessible from major gateways worldwide.

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