Marked Increase in Stay Over Visitors for First Quarter of 2019

by: - August 7, 2019
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Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal Robert Tonge


The Ministry of Tourism has reported a significant improvement in the tourism industry where visitor arrivals are concerned.

Minister for Tourism, Hon Robert Tonge announced that a sterling performance in visitor arrivals in the first quarter of 2019 was recorded at forty-three thousand four hundred and forty-seven (43,447) stay over visitors resulting in a 67% increase over 2018 and an 8% increase over 2017.

He also noted a significant progress in the yachting sector with an increase in arrivals of over 32%.

Hon Tonge expressed that these statistics debunk the opinions of those who doubted the island’s ability to recover following the ravages of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

The Minister thanked all the stakeholders who came together. “I really want to thank all of the stakeholders who came together to make this a reality,” he stated.

“It’s not the Ministry of Tourism alone to do it by themselves but it’s all of the stakeholders, all of the various ministerial departments coming together and making this a reality.”

While supporting the National Budget as presented by the Finance Minister, Hon Tonge highlighted the various improvements made within the Tourism industry.