Chairman of Barbados Tourism Marketing Incorporated Alvin Jemmott (left) speaks on the record arrivals while CEO William Griffith listens during a press conference yesterday at the BTMI Warrens office.
For the first time in the 29-year history of recording visitor arrival statistics, over 300 000 tourists touched down on these shores in the January to June period.
Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Incorporated, Alvin Jemmott outlined that during the first six months there were 303 592 long-stay visitors, representing a 14.3 per cent increase or 37 945 more passenger arrivals compared to those for the same period in 2014.
“This exceptional double-digit performance has been credited as the primary reason for the 0.5 per cent increase in local GDP and comes against the backdrop of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s five per cent growth projection for our region for 2015. It also surpasses the global industry forecast issued by the United Nations World Tourism Organization in January this year for international tourist arrivals to increase by three to four per cent. Indee...