According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the Cayman Islands saw the volume of stopover arrivals increase by 9.1% in November 2018, growing from 34,999 arrivals in November 2017 to 38,172 arrivals in November 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 10.4%, from 28,320 in November 2017 to 31,274 in November 2018. Cruise arrivals fell by 18.5%, from 208,695 cruise visitors in November 2017 to 169,997 cruise visitors in November 2018.
Through the first eleven months of 2018 the Cayman Islands saw an 11.3% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 369,400 arrivals in the first eleven months of 2017 to 410,984 arrivals in the same eleven months of 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 13.8% in the first eleven months of 2018, growing from 302,634 arrivals in 2017 to 344,396 arrivals in the same eleven months of 2018. The number of cruise visitors increased by 14.5% in the first eleven months of 2018, growing from 1,506,810 cruise visitors in 2017 to 1,725,629 visitors this year.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.