According to the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, Antigua and Barbuda saw a 14.0% increase in stopover visitor arrivals in October 2018, growing from 14,437 stopovers in October 2017 to 16,452 this year. The number of stopover visitors from the USA grew by 33.3%, from 4,365 in October 2017 to 5,819 this October.
In the first ten months of 2018, Antigua and Barbuda has seen an 8.3% increase in the number of stopover visitors, growing from 200,446 stopovers in 2017 to 217,082 stopovers this year. The number of stopovers from the USA has grown by 7.2%, from 79,700 in the first ten months of 2017 to 85,425 stopovers this year.
Through the first eight months of 2018 the number of cruise visitors to Antigua and Barbuda grew by 17.8%, from 441,822 cruise visitors in 2017 to 520,645 visitors this year. The numbers for September and October are not yet available.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.