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St. Kitts and Nevis records fewer stay-over visitors in 2017

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Published 7 June 2018

Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source

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St. Kitts and Nevis records fewer stay-over visitors in 2017

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 7, 2018 – The number of stay-over visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis fell in 2017 for the second consecutive year.

That’s according to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) which reported declines in visitor arrivals from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Caribbean for the period under review.

The ECCB said stay-over visitors fell by 1.4 percent to 113,686 in 2017 compared with a 0.9 percent decrease observed in 2016.

“The decrease in stay-over arrivals was for the most part attributed to reductions from the United States of America the largest source market, by 1.8 percent (1,250). Stay-over arrivals from the UK, the second largest market also fell (0.3 percent).

“Decreases in stay-over arrivals were also observed in the Canadian and Caribbean markets of 2.4 percent (168) and 0.3 percent (77) respectively,” said the ECCB.

In 2017, cruise ship passenger arrivals rose by 9.2 percent to 1,017,862 compared with a 2.4 percent increase in 2016. The outturn was consistent with a 6.9 per cent (29) increase in the number of cruise ship calls to 451 at the cruise ports in St. Kitts and Nevis.

A significant contributing factor to a higher level of cruise passenger arrivals was the diversion of ships from other destinations which were adversely affected by the passage of hurricanes in the latter part of 2017.

The number of visitors by yacht rose by 44.9 percent to 4,177 while the number of excursionists fell by 5.8 percent to 3,930.





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