Saint Lucia tourism registers record-breaking increase in arrivals for 2017

By SLTA

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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The 2017 tourism performance saw Saint Lucia breaking all records with total visitor arrivals climbing to an all-time high of 1,105,541.

The island also recorded the highest growth in 2017 among the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) member countries, registering an 11% increase.

2017 was characterized by sustained growth in the industry, with stayover arrivals at 386,127 and the cruise sector recording a 14% increase, reaching 669,217, an additional 81,264 visitors despite the 8-month closure of the Pointe Seraphine Berth 1.

Commenting on the figures, Minister of Tourism Information and Broadcasting Dominic Fedee, said: “The tourism industry continues to be an incredibly important and vital part of the Saint Lucian economy. We are happy with the levels of growth witnessed and as we continue our marketing efforts, we as well look to maximizing the impact of tourism on our economy”.

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority worked assiduously with the CTO and trade partners to overcome the indirect challenges faced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, ensuring all markets that the destination was safe and available for travel.

At the close of 2017, The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) in Travel Trends Report for 2018, the most important document issued in the UK travel industry selected Saint Lucia as one of the top 12 destinations for 2018.

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18 comments

  1. Gwen Bois
    a lot of visitors arriving on last leg of their cruise no more money left to spent in their pockets just walking around town saying no thank you well before you greet or welcome them all you will hear is no thank you

    of course record number of visitors what do you expect when 8 popular destination were destroyed by hurricane st Lucia is number 1 choice

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  2. I've visited the island multiple times and am very fond of it. I've always recommended it to friends. The locals are very welcoming and friendly. The island itself has so much to offer. And the levels of safety are a lot more attractive than the other Islands. You can leave your Resort and feel perfectly safe which is not something I can say about the other Islands. I'm glad to hear a St. Lucia is doing well

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  3. Since that does NOT mean breaking increases in income for those married to the new economic slavery, this is just fake news.

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    dont know if some of us dont realise that it is during that same period that many other caribbean islands suffered after hurricanes. so this is certainly a factor. dont be quick to take credit where credit is not necessarily due.

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    At least there is one thinking person in this group. Bravo. Wonderful. Smart thinking. S/he is not taking a 6 for a 9.

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  5. Why we being so negative This is a positive sign for our island i leave abroad and hearing this make me proud of my country my people and the direction we are heading. BE PROUD

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  6. St Lucia has truly entered the international arena now.
    Check out this on page 19 - https://abta.com/assets/uploads/general/ABTA_Travel_Trends_Report_2018.pdf

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  7. I dont know if some of us dont realise that it is during that same period that many other caribbean islands suffered after hurricanes. so this is certainly a factor. dont be quick to take credit where credit is not necessarily due.

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  8. Well done everybody involved!

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  9. May the land be prosperous in Jesus name.

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  10. Hopeful the low-level staff of hotels benefit from this news as well

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  11. O well. O nice. Lets how for all the best for 2018

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  12. Happy for the island

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