The World Travel & Tourism Council revealed findings of its Resilience and Recovery report on the impact of the 2017 hurricane season on Caribbean travel and tourism.

Because of the hurricanes, the Caribbean had 826,100 fewer visitors than what was forecasted.

"These visitors would have generated $741 million in revenues and supported 11,005 jobs. Research suggests that recovery to previous levels could take up to four years, resulting in an approximate loss of $3 billion," the report said.

The report warned that natural disasters will continue to hit the Caribbean because of climate change.

"It is critical that governments and destination management organizations develop strategies to minimize the long-term impact of natural disasters and encourage visitor spending to return to pre-hurricane levels of growth," the report said.

The study was conducted for WTTC by Tourism Economics.


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