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The Cayman Islands celebrate most successful January ever in tourism numbers

The Cayman Islands are already recording successful tourism numbers this year. According to preliminary numbers from the Department of Tourism, the island nation received 39,185 stayover visitors in January, which was a 23.87 percent increase compared to the same month in 2017. It was the country's most successful January ever, and the eighth consecutive month of record-breaking growth.

The Cayman Islands celebrate most successful January ever in tourism numbers

The Cayman Islands is celebrating a successful start to 2018 with record-breaking visitor arrivals in January.

According to numbers from the Department of Tourism, the country received 39,185 stayover visitors in January this year, which was up by 23.87 per cent compared to January in 2017.

The numbers indicate that it’s the most successful January recorded for the Cayman Islands. It is also the eighth month in a row that the island nation has celebrated record-breaking tourist numbers.

“Continued increases in visitation are evidence that the state of our tourism industry is strong. I am optimistic that if we continue this path, 2018 will be another record-breaking year for arrivals and that the Cayman Islands will benefit from economic growth that all can be proud of. I applaud the Department of Tourism and all tourism partners for their continued contributions to this vibrant industry.”

Said Moses Kirkconnell, the Tourism Minister of the Cayman Islands.

The country received a total of 218,430 cruise passengers in January this year, which is a rise of 20 per cent compared to the same month in 2017. The surge in international tourists is bringing economic growth to the islands, said Mr Kirkconnell.

The rise in tourism numbers came from an increase in visitors from the United States. This was followed by a 13 per cent rise in visitors from Canada, as well as double-digit growth from the Latin American market.

The Department of Tourism is expecting to see a further increase in visitor numbers over the next few months with carnival season. The organisation has also launched the “Summer Only in Cayman” promotion, which offers food-themed visits for families, plus a “fourth night free” at partner hotels.

Located in the west Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba, the Cayman Islands is a country made up of three main islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. The island nation is a British Overseas territory and one of the Caribbean's most popular scuba diving destinations. It boasts a tropical climate, idyllic natural surroundings, luxurious beachfront accommodation, and thriving marine parks.

Holidaymakers can sunbathe on powder-soft white sand beaches, including the famous Seven Mile Beach. Or, they can go scuba diving and snorkelling in warm, azure ocean, where they might catch sightings of diverse marine creatures such as tropical fish, stingrays, seahorses, turtles, sharks and colourful coral.

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