Turks and Caicos reported as fastest-growing tourist destination in Caribbean
The tropical island nation of Turks and Caicos has become the fastest-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean. According to the State of The Industry Report 2016 released by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the number of international visitor arrivals to the islands in 2016 totalled 453,612, which was a 17.5 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
Turks and Caicos has become the fastest-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean, despite economic challenges, political problems and security concerns. According to the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the number of visitor arrivals increased by 17.5 per cent in 2016, compared to figures the year before.
A total of 453,612 international stopover visitors were recorded in Turks and Caicos in 2016, and 1,300,575 tourists visited the island including day visitors and cruise passengers. While most of the arrivals last year were cruise based (846,963), the number of stopover visitors increased for the fifth consecutive year.
“For a consecutive year, the destination recorded growth in each month of the year and within the overwhelming majority of its major source markets. The growth rate ranged from a 27.4 percent increase in stopover arrivals recorded in September to a 7.5 percent increase in December of 2016.”
Stated the Caribbean Tourism Organisation in a press release.
The CTO’s State of The Industry Report 2016 revealed that out of the 28 Caribbean destinations that reported data for periods between January and December, 2016, Turks and Caicos was revealed as the leading tourist destination. Belize, Cuba, Guyana, and Bermuda also reported a double-digit increase in visitors.
Turks and Caicos is an idyllic island nation located in the West Indies, north of the Dominican Republic, and southeast of The Bahamas. With a total of 40 coral islands and cays, just eight are inhabited, and they can be reached in 90 minutes from Miami.
The capital of Turks and Caicos is Grand Turk, an island that is rich in history and culture. The islands boasts colonial-style buildings, historic ruins, a luxury cruise facility and pier, and a collection of museums and tourist attractions. These include the Grand Turk Lighthouse, The Turks and Caicos National Museum, and the pristine Governor’s Beach which is perfect for snorkelling.
The island of Providenciales spans 38 miles and is home to stunning natural landscapes including the vast award-winning Grace Bay beach. Holidaymakers can visit the naturally-formed limestone opening called The Hole, and Chalk Sound; go scuba diving along the coral reef, which is thriving with marine species; or kayak across the large lake with cobalt water and a collection of small cays.
Other attraction in Turks and Caicos include Casablanca’s Casino, the Bight Park, Turtle Cove, Blue Hills, and the Long Bay Beach. The islands are home to a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury beachfront hotels, to charming family-run B&Bs.
Providenciales is more built up than many other islands in Turks and Caicos and it boasts a variety of luxury beachfront hotels and resorts, stunning white sand beaches, and gourmet restaurants, while the capital island, Grand Turk, is rich in history and home to colonial-style buildings and historic ruins, a luxury cruise facility and pier, and an array of museums and tourist attractions for all ages.
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