Grenada Breaking Records Amid Tourism Boom
April 2nd 2019
2018 saw record numbers of tourism arrivals to Grenada.
The tri-island location including the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique welcomed a total of 528,077 guests over the voyage, stayover and yachting sectors, which is a new high.
The number represents a 12.9% rise on 2017, one of the highest growth rates in the Caribbean.
Stayover arrivals increased by 10% to 160,970 from 146,375, including a 17% rise over Christmas.
Patricia Maher, the CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority, commented that Grenada “ticks all the boxes” as an ideal get-away, from its tropical natural environment to its delicious culinary experiences. Maher stated that the island locals were ready to help spread the news about “Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.”
The Canadian source of arrivals offered the highest stayover uplift, with a 19% increase in the number of guests to 17,364, while the United States market saw a 12.4% rise to 75,577 stayover guests for the year. The yachting sector likewise observed significant increases, with 10.82% development in landings and 428 more yacht calls in general.
Besides that, Maher also noted that achieving 500,000 arrivals had been a tourism strategic objective for Carriacou, Grenada, and Petite Martinique. The CEO added that there was a need for the benefits of tourism to be spread across the different people on the islands, and that such a goal would be possible by focusing on hospitality, warmth, and “high quality professional service”.
As mentioned, the rise in tourist numbers and the development of the ultra-luxury Silversands boutique and Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort on Grand Anse Beach are pointing to some great times ahead for Grenada.