Turks and Caicos, Belize Leading Caribbean Tourism Growth

Above: the Turks and Caicos Islands

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The Turks and Caicos Islands and Belize were the Caribbean’s fastest-growing tourism destinations in the first quarter of 2014, according to government and CTO data.

As reported earlier this month, TCI data reported a 30 percent increase in stopover arrivals in the first quarter, with a total of 105,506 visitors.

Belize welcomed 101,981 stopover arrivals in the first three months of 2014, a 9.7 percent increase compared to the same period in 2014.

Those were the largest increases of any countries with complete reporting for the first three months of 2014.

The next-fastest-growing destination was the Cayman Islands, which saw a 9 percent increase so far in 2014, according to the CTO data.

In the same period, Grenada saw the sharpest drop in the region, with a 5.5 percent drop in stopover arrivals in the first quarter, while Curacao saw a 4.3 percent reduction in tourists.

See below for the full table of first quarter arrival data. Note: only those countries or territories with complete reporting through at least the first quarter were included.