The November 2018 edition of the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Tourism Barometer shows that while global tourist stopover arrivals grew by 5.4% in the first nine months of 2018, from 1.027 billion visits in 2017 to 1.083 billion visits this year, stopover arrivals in the Caribbean fell by 8.3% in the same nine months.
The UNWTO estimates that stopovers visits to the Caribbean declined 9.4% in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same three months of 2017, were down 9.6% in the second quarter and declined by 5.5% in the third quarter.
The Asia and Pacific region saw the fastest growth in the first nine months of 2018, up by 6.6%, while Europe (+5.6%) and the Middle East (+ 5.6%) also saw good growth. Trips to North America grew by 4.7%.
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Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.