Grenada Tourism Authority has reported positive growth in total visitor arrivals of 1% for the first half of 2019.
The destination welcomed a total of three hundred and eighteen thousand, five hundred and fifty nine visitors between January to June 2019, compared to three hundred and fourteen thousand, nine hundred and sixteen for the same period in 2018.
This represents a 1.15% growth in arrivals.
Francine Stewart, Marketing manager of the Grenada Tourism Authority, gave an overview of the performances for the first half of 2019, including the stayover market, which represents most of the rewarding visitors.
“The stayover market represents our most lucrative visitor, they grew by 3.8 percent, almost 4 percent, with 82-thousand, three hundred and ninety nine visitors staying in our hotels, guest houses and villa accommodations.”
Meanwhile, Nikoyan Roberts, Nautical Development, manager said while the Yachting sector arrivals for the period remained flat, there was a slight increase of 1.33% in cruise visitor arrivals.
“We were able to hold our own with a slight increase of 1.33 percent, with cruise visitors of 232,051 for the period. This compared with the phenomenal growth numbers of 220,125 last year. This is testimony of hard work by the team to increase engagement with the cruise lines and keep Grenada top of mind with the cruise executives.”
The GTA calculates revenue numbers based on monthly visitor expenditure surveys.