Cruise, stayover and yacht arrivals contributed to an overall increase of 21.2% compared to the same period in 2017.
Additionally, the latest Caribbean Tourism Organization statistics released in June ranked Grenada in the top three markets for increased growth in tourist arrivals from the US, Canada and Europe.
Cruise arrivals up 26.5%
Cruise arrivals from January to June grew 26.5%, while yachting arrivals increased 9% and yacht calls 8.5%. This placed Grenada fourth in the CTO June report for positive growth in cruise passenger arrivals behind Bermuda, Curaçao and Martinique.
'Our private-public sector cruise consultancy project is going well and it will improve our services and offerings, thereby making Grenada even more desirable in the eyes of cruise itinerary planners,' said Nikoyan Roberts, manager for nautical development.
Stayover arrivals rise 10.7%
Stayover arrivals increased 10.7% with the largest market, the US, showing an 18.1% increase year-to-date. The US market share was more than 50% in June with the largest feeder markets being New York, Florida and New Jersey. The Canadian market grew 8.56%.
'We are happy that Pure Grenada maintains this hot streak with double-digit growth and the destination continues to be trending internationally,' said Patricia Maher, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority. 'It is evident that all our hard work is paying off with these great results. Team Grenada will continue its efforts to ensure that the strong positive growth remains through the end of 2018.'
Increased air service
Adding to the CTO’s tourism performance numbers, Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation Clarice Modeste-Curwen noted during a local news conference that flights to the destination for the first half of the year increased by 24.6% over the same period in 2017 with notable increases from Air Canada, LIAT and private aircrafts.