Saint Lucia Is the Caribbean’s Fastest-Growing Destination

luxury resortsThe Ladera resort in Saint Lucia.

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Saint Lucia is the fastest-growing tourism destination in the Caribbean right now, according to the latest data released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

The “Helen of the West Indies” reported a total of 386,127 stayover tourists in 2017, an 11 percent improvement that was the highest growth rate of any destination in the region, with Belize a close second.

It was a strong statement for an island that has long been one of the favored honeymoon destinations in the region and now seems to have transcended that into an all-around getaway, particularly a new leader in the Caribbean event space (like its high-profile Saint Lucia Food and Rum festival).

The Landings, Saint Lucia.

That’s along with a slate of exciting new hotel projects, from the recently-debuted Harbor Club hotel in Saint Lucia (which is soon joining Hilton’s Curio Collection) to the already-underway Sandals LaSource St Lucia project, which launched last year. (Sandals also announced last week that golf legend Greg Norman would be transforming its recently-acquired course in Saint Lucia, as well.

Last year, the island saw debuts of a pair of new resorts from Canadian brand Royalton and an expansion of the popular Coconut Bay with the adults-only Serenity at Coconut Bay resort.

Reduit Beach

Reduit Beach in Saint Lucia, home to the Bay Gardens resort.

Saint Lucia also posted very strong growth on the cruise side, with a total of 668,006 cruise passenger arrivals last year.

That represented a 13.6 percent increase over 2016.

 

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