St. Lucia Tourism Continues to Grow

Pitons St Lucia
Pitons St Lucia // Photo by Simon Dannhauer/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Travel to Saint Lucia is continuing to show strong growth thanks to a spike in arrivals from Canada, the United States, and Germany.

Stay-over arrivals for June 2019 hit a record high at 34,040—up 9 percent from June 2018, according to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. This indicates that year to date (YTD) growth has increased 6.5 percent—up from 6.1 percent last month. Five months of this year have broken statistical records.

Canada saw an increase of 20 percent, the United States increased by 17 percent, Germany saw an increase of 31 percent, the rest of Europe 9 percent, and the Caribbean 7 percent. Each of these source markets profoundly influenced the outcome of this year thus far, the Tourism Authority said.

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An additional 256 seats from West Jet and Air Canada combined have contributed as well. The Tourism Authority said it also worked with Caribbean Airlines and British Airways to offer lower airfares from Trinidad.

Several events attracted regional travelers, including football competitions and a music concert featuring Jamaican reggae musician Sizzla Kalonji.

Saint Lucia, situated at the Eastern Caribbean, is an area defined by its natural landmarks, including the signature Piton Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a tropical rainforest, the highly-Instagrammed mud baths at Sulfur Springs Park and one of the world's few drive-in volcanoes

In other Saint Lucia news, the destination is planning for the third annual Saint Lucia Roots & Soul festival. It will take place from August 23 to 25, 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.stlucia.org

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