According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism the Cayman Islands saw the volume of stopover arrivals increase by 0.9% in October 2018, growing from 22,291 arrivals in October 2017 to 22,501 arrivals in October 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 4.1%, from 17,554 in October 2017 to 18,265 in October 2018. Cruise arrivals grew by 21.6%, from 115,077 cruise visitors in October 2017 to 139,982 cruise visitors in October 2018.
Through the first ten months of 2018 the Cayman Islands saw an 11.5% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 334,401 arrivals in the first ten months of 2017 to 372,812 arrivals in the same ten months of 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 14.1% in the first ten months of 2018, growing from 274,314 arrivals in 2017 to 313,122 arrivals in the same ten months of 2018. The number of cruise visitors increased by 19.8% in the first ten months of 2018, growing from 1,298,115 cruise visitors in 2017 to 1,555,632 visitors this year.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.