Barbados tourism officials project a record number of passengers for the 2010-11 cruise season.

Information from the major cruise lines indicates that Barbados could welcome between 800,000 and 900,000 passengers in 2010-11, according to Barbados Tourism Authority board member Denis Roach. Roach did caution that the figures are provisional and subject to change.

For the 2009-10 season, the island's cruise industry is on course to achieve a 5% jump in passenger arrivals compared with the 2008-09 season, when 597,523 passengers visited, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Cruise arrivals continue to outperform air passenger arrivals, which peaked at 566,763 in 2008.

Plans for the cruise sector in Barbados include increasing the number of ships that homeport in Barbados, raising the number of passengers who participate in organized land tours while in port and converting cruise passengers into land-based vacationers who later return to Barbados for a resort stay.


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