CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas -- The numbers tell the stories.
Tourism statistics for the U.S. Virgin Islands from January
through April show a 7.7% hike in air arrivals and an 11% increase
in cruise passengers, compared with the same period a year ago.
In April alone, air arrivals grew 29.2% compared with a year
ago, which officials at the V.I. Bureau of Economic Research
attributed to St. Thomas Carnival celebrations. Cruise traffic
increased a modest 1.7% that month, which marked the end of the
peak cruise season in the Caribbean.
Total air and sea figures for the U.S.V.I. from January through
April came to more than 1.09 million visitors.
Good news also was reported from Belize where air arrivals
jumped 7% from January through May to approximately 80,000, while
the cruise sector increased a whopping 71.9% in the same period, to
From the Cayman Islands comes word of a 13.4% jump in air
arrivals, to 154,364 visitors, and a 14.2% rise in cruise
passengers, to 940,236, from January through May as compared to the
same period a year ago.
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