GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman --- Total visitor arrivals in the Cayman Islands in April rose 21.9% over the same month a year ago, according to McKeeva Bush, minister of tourism.

By market segment, arrivals from the U.S. were up almost 25% in April; Europe increased 1%; and Canada 20%.

Bush said that arrivals from the U.S. southwest increased 42.5%, "reflecting the first April we have had additional Continental flights from Houston."

Cruise arrivals jumped 7% compared with April 2003.

In the first quarter, air arrivals to the destination increased 80% compared with the first three months of 2003.

"Actual April numbers show that the Cayman Islands has, for the first time, hit pre-9/11 actual visitor arrivals," Bush said.

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