Sue Springer, CEO of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association. (Picture by Nigel Browne)
BARBADOS HAS RECORDED its best year in the history of tourist arrivals with 571 892 visitors coming to the island in 2015.
Chief executive officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Sue Springer said the performance surpassed 2007 which previously held the highest record of over 570 000 visitors.
Addressing her final annual general meeting as CEO this morning, Springer said Barbados’ excellent performance was representative of the wider Caribbean tourism growth which was up by seven per cent last year with 28.7 million stay-over arrivals.
This surpassed the world tourism growth of four per cent.
Springer told the meeting of tourism industry partners provisional figures for the first quarter of 2016 were trending towards another good year for tourist arrivals in Barbados, with an already recorded increase of just over seven per cent in visitor arrivals during the first three months of this year. (GC)