Cayman Islands experiences jump in stayovers, drop in cruisers

Although the Cayman Islands' total tourism arrivals and cruise visitor calls for 2007 still are being tallied, November figures (latest to date) reveal a 13.2% jump in stayovers compared to November 2006 but a 14.4% dip in cruise visitors over the same time period.

November stayover visitors totaled 25,227, making it the highest November count since prior to 2001.

Although air arrivals not only rose every month from May through November, but also surpassed the same month in 2007, it is unlikely that the goal of 300,000 air arrivals in 2007 set by the Dept. of Tourism will be met.

Through November, the year-to-date figure stood at 261,248.

Cruise ship passenger arrivals did not fare as well. Figures fell for six consecutive months below the corresponding month in 2006.

However, with cruise passenger totals numbering 1.5 million through November, cruise arrivals are expected to top 1.7 million passengers for the year, more than any year prior to 2003.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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