[GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands] – Because the tourism sector continues to rebound, the Turks and Caicos is as soon as once more breaking customer arrival information, with some 138,762 air arrivals and 173,151 cruise arrivals within the first quarter of 2022. The Turks and Caicos Islands Vacationer Board launched preliminary figures displaying that the vacation spot has seen a serious enhance in customer arrivals.
“The tourism trade is poised for a full restoration,” declared Mary Lightbourne, Director of Tourism (Performing), Turks and Caicos Vacationer Board. She acknowledged that the primary quarter of 2022 has been significantly robust, yr on yr, in context to the vacation spot recovering from the decline dealt to the sector by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years.
“We’re certainly buoyed by these figures, specifically the month of March, which is crucial to our sector,” stated Miss Lightbourne. “The primary quarter, particularly March, is historically wonderful for winter vacationers, and has seen a sturdy [change] in customer arrivals, nearly paralleling the corresponding month in 2019, which noticed the most effective pre-COVID arrivals for the sector.”
The Turks and Caicos Islands noticed a median enhance of roughly 33% in stopover arrivals via the Providenciales Worldwide Airport and FBOs. Rising from the 34,057 stopover arrivals in January 2022 to 44,596 stopover arrivals in February 2022. As well as, 60,109 in March 2022. The 44,596 stopovers acquired in February this yr was a major enhance of 248% yr over yr. The vacation spot acquired solely 12,798 stopover arrivals in February 2021. This was a direct results of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to comprise its diffusion.
When in comparison with February 2020 and 2019 – each durations being pre COVID-19 pandemic – arrivals declined by 14% and elevated by 7% respectively. The 138,762 stopovers acquired within the first three months of 2022 have been 98% of the 140,791 stopovers acquired within the first three months of 2019. The U.S. market continues to dominate as the primary supply market claiming nearly all of whole customer arrivals, January via March 2022.
December 2021, when the Turks and Caicos reopened its cruise sector, noticed a complete of 25,573 arrivals. This was was 21% of the 117,827 arrivals seen in 2019. The Turks and Caicos Islands then acquired 173,151 cruise guests within the first three months of 2022. This was 62% of the 277,280 cruise arrivals acquired in the identical three months of 2019. January welcomed 27 ships with 43,035 cruise guests. Whereas February acquired 24 ships and 50,148 cruise guests, with March welcoming 28 ships and 79,968 cruise guests.
The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention lifted its danger advisory for cruise ship journey in March 2022. Indicating that the general public well being measures in place on cruise ships are efficient and can hopefully affect extra cruise passengers.
“These arrival figures are indicative that the Turks and Caicos Islands proceed to be a kind after vacation spot. We’re certainly on tempo to extend our arrivals within the coming weeks and months. Welcoming all our friends to our Lovely by Nature isles,” added Miss Lightbourne.