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Barbados recorded increase in tourist arrivals and visitor spending in 2016

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation has revealed that Barbados recorded a 6.7 per cent increase in international visitors in 2016, compared to 2015. The Barbados Statistical Service reported that the Caribbean island received 631,513 stay-over visitors between January and December last year, and there was an increase of arrivals every month of the year except for April.

Barbados recorded increase in tourist arrivals and visitor spending in 2016

The island of Barbados is experience a growth in tourism following an increase in visitors last year. The Caribbean Tourism Organisation revealed that the island recorded a 6.7 per cent increase in visitors in 2016, compared to the year before.

Figures released by the Barbados Statistical Service show that Barbados received a total of 631,513 stay-over travellers between January and December, 2016. Every month apart from April recorded an increase in visitors, and the top performing months were December, November, January, and February.

The majority of holidaymakers originated from the United Kingdom and remains the island’s main source market. A total of 218,638 stay-over visitors from the UK were recorded last year, which was 2.1 per cent increase compared to 2015. The numbers made up 35 per cent of the total number of international visitors to Barbados. The United States was the second main source market, with a 27 per cent share in the visitors totalling 168,945 arrivals. This was an increase of 14.1 per cent compared to the year before.

Statistics from the CTO Quarterly Exit Survey showed that the daily average spend of stay-over tourists was $167.41, and slight increase compared to $164.40 recorded in 2015. The highest spending visitors were from the United States, and the total expenditure increased by 18.5 per cent. Overall, Europe was the highest-spending continent with $61 million recorded during 2016.

Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s most popular holiday destinations, thanks to its idyllic tropical landscapes and all-year-round warm weather and sunshine.

The country is home to luxury beachfront hotels, charming B&Bs, and upscale self-catering accommodation. The white sand beaches are a huge attraction for holidaymakers, and they can enjoy a variety of fun activities on the beach or in the turquoise sea. Some of the most popular activities include beach volleyball, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing and jet-skiing.

Visitors can explore the island’s heritage and history at its museums, former sugar plantations, forts, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bridgetown. Popular attractions include the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, towns of Holetown and Speightstown, Harrison’s Cave, St Nicholas Abbey, Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Government Buildings and Crane Beach.

The island hosts a range of annual events that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors of all ages. These include the Dragon World Championships, the Barbados Festival of Cycling, the Barbados beach Wellness Festival, the Crop Over festival, and the Barbados Food, Wine and Run Festival.

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