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Boom in visitors to the region

According to a new report from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the region is experiencing a significant growth in tourism numbers. There was a six per cent growth in tourism arrivals in the first quarter of 2015, the 17th successive quarter of reported growth. In the first three months of 2015 the region welcomed over 8 million visitors.

Several cruise ship destinations are also reporting a significant growth in arrivals. In Puerto Rico passenger numbers were up 26 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared with 2014. In the first three months of 2015 the destination received over 520,000 cruise passengers. Much of this increase was attributed to the expansion of the cruise ship pier in Old San Juan, allowing mega ships to call.

Trinidad & Tobago has also reported a record increase, growing by 104 per cent over the past year. In the first half of 2015 T&T received almost 45,000 cruise passengers, making it the fastest-growing cruise destination in the region.