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Saint Lucia sets new tourism record in 2017

Saint Lucia sets new tourism record in 2017
Flickr: Jerry Dohnal

Saint Lucia broke all of its previous tourism records in 2017, with total visitor arrivals climbing to an all-time high of 1,105,541.

The island also recorded the highest growth in 2017 among the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) member countries, registering an 11 per cent increase.

According to the CTO, the year was characterized by sustained growth in the industry, with stayover arrivals at 386,127 and the cruise sector recording a 14 per cent increase, reaching 669,217, an additional 81,264 visitors despite the eight-month closure of the Pointe Seraphine Berth.

“The tourism industry continues to be an incredibly important and vital part of the Saint Lucian economy,” said Minister of Tourism Information and Broadcasting Dominic Fedee. “We are happy with the levels of growth witnessed and as we continue our marketing efforts, we as well look to maximizing the impact of tourism on our economy.”