According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism the Cayman Islands saw the volume of stopover arrivals increase by 8.2% in August 2018, growing from 31,388 arrivals in August 2017 to 33,963 arrivals in August 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 9.6%, from 25,839 in August 2017 to 28,311 in August 2018. Cruise arrivals grew by 31.1%, from 96,309 cruise visitors in August 2017 to 126,275 cruise visitors in August 2018.
Through the first eight months of 2018 the Cayman Islands saw a 13.1% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 295,265 arrivals in the first eight months of 2017 to 333,975 arrivals in the same eight months of 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 15.5% in the first eight months of 2018, growing from 244,079 arrivals in 2017 to 282,004 arrivals in the same eight months of 2018. The number of cruise visitors increased by 22.5% in the first eight months of 2018, growing from 1,079,751 cruise visitors in 2017 to 1,323,177 in 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.