Following 2017’s record-breaking year for air and cruise arrivals into the Cayman Islands, arrivals for 2018 are off to a record-breaking start.
A total of 39,185 stay-over visitors were recorded for the month of January, an increase of 23.87 percent over 2017. This represents the best January in recorded arrivals history and is the eighth consecutive month (June 2017 through January 2018) that the Cayman Islands has had record-breaking growth.
The 23.87 percent growth is the highest percent growth increase for a January in 12 years and is 13.9 percent higher than January 2015, the previous highest January in recorded history.
January figures can be attributed to growth predominantly in key markets such as the United States, which saw increases in all regions. Of significant note, the West Coast saw the highest growth as it recorded a 63 percent increase over 2017.
The Southwest recorded 1,270 additional stay-over visitors, or 46.98 percent increase over 2017; while the Midwest region recorded 1,770 additional stay-over visitors, or 27.40 percent increase over 2017.
Canada also recorded growth of 13.47 percent growth over January 2017. This represents the best January in recorded history for Canada with a total of 3,353 stay-over visitors.
Efforts to tap into the Latin American market continue to be fruitful as both South America and Central America increased by 25 and 35 percent, respectively. A total of 218,430 cruise passengers visited the Cayman Islands in January, an increase of 20 percent over January 2017.
Sustained growth is expected in the coming months as residents and guests alike prepare to celebrate the island’s colorful and spirited national carnival Batabano, as well as CayMas and Braccanal.