Caribbean tourism seems to be booming.
The Caribbean saw a 7 percent increase in arrivals last year — although the vast majority of that increase was due to a 17 percent increase in arrivals to Cuba.
And while the rest of the region saw a smaller improvement, the Caribbean still reported an exceedingly large number of visitors.
Indeed, the Caribbean welcomed 28.7 million stayover tourists last year, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
And more importantly, visitors spent an estimated $30 billion, up 4.2 percent from the $28.8 billion tourists spent in the Caribbean last year.
The United States accounted for about 50 percent of arrivals, showing a 6.3 percent increase to 14.3 million visits last year, according to the CTO.
“Needless to say, we are very pleased with the Caribbean’s performance of stayover arrivals in 2015,” said Caribbean Tourism Organization Secretary General Hugh Riley. “We must continue to grow our traditional markets, strengthen emerging ones and penetrate new sources as we target the 30 million arrivals mark we set some years ago.”