The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) has announced that February 2019 broke records regarding tourist or stay over visitor arrivals to the island.

The total of 9,289 tourist arrivals was the greatest number recorded for the month of February dating back as far as 1993, when the agency began tracking visitor arrivals. January 2019 also saw the highest tourist arrivals figure recorded for the past 27 years.

Anguilla Tourist Board says all source markets contributed to this record increase. In terms of overall visitor arrivals, including excursionists or day-trippers, February 2019 recorded the sixth highest figure since 1993, with 15,549 arrivals.

Last summer Anguilla was voted #1 destination in the Caribbean for the second year in a row by Travel+Leisure magazine. In December, the ATB launched the Beyond Extraordinary campaign to shift the island to the trade and consumer and hone-in on the experiences offered beyond the resorts. Positive media coverage in leading consumer magazines, along with half-hour feature on HGTV’s Caribbean Life that aired in March, have contributed to the visitor arrival numbers.

In other Anguilla news, a line-up of international artists is slated to appear at the eight annual Anguilla Lit Fest, taking place May 16 to 19 at Paradise Cove Resort. One of the guests is Dame Alice Walker.

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