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Turks and Caicos sees increase in holidaymakers in early 2011

The number of foreign travellers taking Turks & Caicos holidays increased by 17 per cent during the first three months of 2011, according to figures released by the Tourist Board, the Airport Authority and the Hotel and Tourism Association.

Turks and Caicos sees increase in holidaymakers in early 2011

During the first quarter of 2011, the number of tourists taking Turks and Caicos holidays increased by 17 per cent, compared to the same period in 2010. According to figures released by the Tourist Board, Airport Authority, and the Hotel Tourism Association, the Turks and Caicos Islands saw a 12 per cent increase in the number of long stay visitors staying in Turks and Caicos hotels and resorts.

The amount of tourists arriving by cruise ships at the Grand Turk Centre also increased by 20 per cent in comparison to the same period one year ago, and the centre is now one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean region, closely following Nassau, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.

Acting Director of Tourism, Ralph Higgs, said: “The Turks and Caicos tourism industry is one that continues to grow from strength to strength, even in these challenging economic times.

“The Board of Directors, our team and myself are extremely pleased with these figures for our long stay visitors to the destination, it is reflective of not just us but all of our tourism partners, working together to achieve this great success.”

Acting Director of Tourism, Ralph Higgs, said: “The Turks and Caicos tourism industry is one that continues to grow from strength to strength, even in these challenging economic times.

“The Board of Directors, our team and myself are extremely pleased with these figures for our long stay visitors to the destination, it is reflective of not just us but all of our tourism partners, working together to achieve this great success.”

The increase in Turks and Caicos holidays has been helped by the government and the private sector who have been working jointly to promote the Caribbean island nation; the recent increase in American travellers taking holidays to Turks and Caicos; and the strength of the Canadian dollar.

JetBlue and Continental have also recently added new flights to the region, with JetBlue offering a daily service to Providenciales Airport (PLS) from JFK Airport in New York, and Continental offering direct flights from Newark and Boston.

According to Higgs, the boost in tourism is ahead of other Caribbean holiday destinations, and the growth is expected to continue into the rest of the year.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are situated in the West Indies, north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and southeast of The Bahamas. The island nation is a popular destination for romantic holidays, destination weddings and honeymoons, and the Providenciales is one of the most popular spots with a wide selection of luxury hotels and resorts, white sand beaches, and gourmet restaurants.

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