Grenada's tourism figures set to soar
January 31st 2020
In 2019, Grenada welcomed more than half a million visitors to the island, with even more visitor arrivals expected for 2020 and beyond.
The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) has released preliminary figures showing that in 2019, Grenada welcomed 525,453 visitors.
Stayover visitor arrivals accounted for 162,902, an increase over 2018’s bumper growth of arrivals. These visitors are considered the most valuable for the island, in terms of on-island spend.
Considering that one of the largest hotels on the island has been closed for refurbishment for most of 2019, this is a good indication of the destination’s growth and high demand with intrepid travelers.
Grenada’s accommodation is expected to increase its market share with the addition of 269 rooms in a new hotel, scheduled to open in March 2020.
With construction well underway, Grenada is also excited to welcome the Kimpton Kawana Bay resort which will have 220 rooms and be located on the world-famous Grand Anse Beach.
The cruise ship sector is maintaining solid numbers of 337,940 after 2018’s record growth of 15%.
Plans are in place for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) and Carnival Fascination to increase their calls to Grenada through 2020 and 2021.
Grenada’s yachting sector also continues to strengthen with preliminary visitor arrivals currently at 24,611.
GTA’s Chief Executive Officer, Patricia Maher stated: “Tourism prospects are excellent for the destination, not just for 2020 but beyond.”
Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Clarice Modeste-Curwen noted: “The destination’s tourism partners and the industry’s allied members are looking forward to significant future growth plans throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, taking into account all the new developments in the stayover, cruise and yachting sectors.”
Grenada was recently named as one of the “Top 12 holiday destinations to watch in 2020” in the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Travel Trends Report 2020, the only Caribbean island to be included in the benchmark report since 2018.