Visitor Arrivals Increase
Visitor arrivals figures to St Vincent and the Grenadines for the first two months of 2012 have showed an increase compared to the same time last year.
Minister of Tourism Cecil ‘Ces’ McKie , speaking during a news conference last week Thursday May 3rd said that up to February 2012 there has been an increase of 1.9%
McKie said that stay-over arrivals are up 10.4% (661) persons while same day arrivals are down from 416 in 2011 to 328 in 2012, a decrease of 21.2%.
McKie also noted that the amount of visitors coming here by air have increased 8.4% from 6,784 in 2011 to 7,357 in 2012.
Arrivals by sea/yacht have increased from 5,942 in 2011 to 6,279 in 2012.
Meanwhile cruise ship passenger visits have shown a reduction by 2.5%, from 14,882 in 2011 to 14,510 in 2012.
McKie also revealed that the number of persons visiting this country from Canada have dwindled while the tourists coming from the United Kingdom, the United States and the region have increased by 27.3%.
The Tourism Minister said that this can be considered a credible performance as we continue to attract tourists to our shores.
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St Vincent & the Grenadines Tourism Authority