The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has delivered an upbeat report on regional tourism.
It confirmed that the region had one of the fastest global recovery rates in 2022.
And Acting CTO Secretary General Neil Waters disclosed that Caribbean destinations could expect a continued recovery in 2023, although at a slower rate.
However, he explained that growth would be uneven among the destinations.
But additional countries and territories are predicted to exceed their 2019 levels.
Earlier this week, the CTO official delivered the region’s 2022 ‘Tourism Performance and Outlook Report’ at a news conference in the Barbados capital, Bridgetown.
“When compared to 2022, it is expected that overall arrivals to the region will increase by between ten and fifteen percent,” he stated
According to Walters, between 31.2 million and 32.6 million people could visit the Caribbean this year, surpassing pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.
The CTO official also disclosed that in 2023 cruise tourism is expected to continue recovering and expanding.
He declared that the travel outlook is promising despite global pressures like high inflation, the war in Ukraine, the ensuing energy crisis, and the impending economic recession.
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