Grenada achieves historic milestone with well over 500,000 visitor arrivals in 2018
Grenada achieved a historic milestone in 2018 welcoming more than half a million visitors to the destination’s shores.
Spread across key niche markets, the combined cruise, yachting and stay over arrivals for 2018 was 528,077 representing a 12.90 per cent increase over 2017.
A strong performance was recorded in stay over arrivals with an increase of 9.97 per cent, moving from 146,375 to 160,970 visitors with special mention given to the bumper Christmas season in which a growth of 17 per cent was recorded.
Canada recorded the highest growth rate in 2018 with a 19.05 per cent increase (14,586-17,364), followed by the USA at 12.38 per cent (67,252-75,577) and the Caribbean at 6.87 per cent (27,127-28,990).
Significant growth was also recorded in non-traditional markets that included Latin America at 13.28 per cent (1,265-1,433) and the category representing all other parts of the world at 18.27 per cent (2,934-3, 470). The USA maintains the top spot in market share for arrivals to the destination at 46.93 per cent followed by the United Kingdom.
The yachting sector recorded double-digit growth of 10.82 per cent, with visitor arrivals moving from 21,911 to 24,281, a direct result of 428 more yacht calls. As it relates to cruise arrivals, the sector grew by 14.49 per cent (299,449-342,826) due to larger cruise ship calls.
Speaking about Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique’s performance, Grenada Tourism Authority’s (GTA) Chief Executive Officer Patricia Maher said, “We are delighted to surpass the historic 500,000 mark. It is a result of our hard work in lobbying airlines for more flights and the engagement of top cruise brand executives for more ship calls. I would like to thank our stakeholders for their support in ensuring our visitors continue to have wonderful experiences in the destination.”
Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Clarice Modeste Curwen also expressed her delight with the destination’s performance. She noted, “Achieving 500,000 arrivals has been a landmark goal for the destination of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. It is a testament to the growing island’s influence in the marketplace and industry growth. But we will not stop there as we want to grow the pie so that everyone gets a bigger slice. To do that, we must continue to keep our islands pure, share our warmth and hospitality with visitors, as well as deliver high-quality professional service.”
Additionally, the GTA launched a destination shopping video, which highlighted the destination’s diverse offerings. All levels of shopping experiences were displayed including art, craft, glass products, clothing, spices, and batik. GTA Product Development Manager Kirl Hoschtialek, says, “The shopping video is one of our strategies in improving the destination’s profile as it relates to shopping experiences which were highlighted in visitor surveys as needing improvement.” The video will be shared locally, regionally and internationally especially at the St. George’s Cruise Terminal.
The GTA is optimistic about 2019 and anticipates deeper collaboration with stakeholders to strive for Pure Grenada’s global brand recognition as a premier tourist destination.