According to VisitBarbados.org Barbados saw the volume of stopover arrivals increase by 3.4% in September 2018, growing from 34,416 arrivals in September 2017 to 35,571 arrivals in September 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 34.2%, from 9,004 in September 2017 to 12,087 in September 2018 but fell by 20.6% from the U.K., from 12,766 in September 2017 to 10,142 in September 2018. Cruise arrivals grew by 154.3%, from 8,749 cruise visitors in September 2017 to 22,248 cruise visitors in September 2018. The Caribbean was badly affected by two hurricanes in September 2017 which negatively impacted cruise traffic.
Through the first nine months of 2018 Barbados saw a 2.7% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 488,068 arrivals in the first nine months of 2017 to 501,188 arrivals in the same nine months of 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 8.6% in the first nine months of 2018, growing from 142,080 arrivals in 2017 to 154,231 arrivals in the same nine months of 2018 while arrivals from the U.K. grew by 1.1% in the first nine months of 2018, growing from 158,859 stopovers in 2017 to 160,406 stopovers in 2018. The number of cruise visitors fell by 2.9% in the first nine months of 2018, falling from 462,601 cruise visitors in 2017 to 449,189 in 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.