According to the latest tourism figures, the month of July 2019 saw Saint Lucia recording not only the highest number of visitor arrival figures ever recorded for the month of July, but also for any one-month period in the island’s history. This surpasses the record set in March 2018 by 2.5 percent, when 41,741 visitors stayed on island.
In July 2019, Saint Lucia welcomed a total of 42,773 visitors, an increase of 13 percent or roughly 5,000 additional visitors from July last year.
The U.S. market grew by 23 percent, owing largely to the hosting of Carnival activities and the additional airlift from American Airlines out of Miami. The Caribbean market recorded 6 percent growth due to a series of summer vacation campaigns notably Carnival, Caribcation, Mercury Fest, the hosting of the Caricom Heads of Government Summit and the introduction of the second Capo Rosso ferry from Martinique.
Arrivals from France grew by 2 percent, the rest of Europe by 17 percent and the rest of world by 61 percent.
Despite the overwhelmingly positive increases, there were some decreases in arrivals for the month of July from three markets: The U.K. 3 percent, Canada 3 percent and Germany 18 percent.
Tourism Minister Hon. Dominic Fedee says year-to-date through July, all markets are recording growth, except Canada and France, which are down 3.5 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.
Minister Fedee notes that, due to this double-digit increase recorded in July, together with the increases from the previous months, year-to-date stay-over arrivals are now 7.5 percent higher than the same period last year.