Published results from eleven major Caribbean destinations show they have experienced a good first quarter with ten of the eleven posting increases in the number of stopover visitors with only Bermuda posting a decline in stopover arrivals. Puerto Rico led the way with a 62.3% increase in non-resident hotel registrations as that destination recovered from the impact of 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Jamaica and Curacao both posted growth of between 10% - 15% while six other destinations saw growth of between 4% - 9%.
First Quarter Stopover Arrivals 2019
The strong growth may reflect some movement of business from Cancun and Riviera Maya as Cancun’s Airport saw a below average increase in international air arrivals of just 0.9% in the first three months of 2019 with hotel occupancies in both Cancun and Riviera Maya declining by 4.4 percentage points and 0.7 percentage points respectively.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.