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More stay-over visitors

Natasha Beckles

More stay-over visitors

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Barbados recorded increases in stay-over visitor arrivals from all source markets last month.
According to information from the Barbados Statistical Service, stay-over visitors in August increased by 19.3 per cent to reach 49 961.
This means 8 079 more visitors came to the island than during the same month in 2010.
The most significant increases came from Germany and Trinidad and Tobago – 68.9 per cent and 62.9 per cent, respectively.
However, cruise passenger arrivals – passengers who did not disembark in Barbados – amounted to 22 334, showing a decrease of 2 557, or 12.9 per cent, compared to August 2010.
But landed passengers – those who disembarked, including transfer passengers, tourists and Barbadian residents – increased by 23.9 per cent.
Eight vessels docked at the Bridgetown Port compared to seven in 2010.
Meanwhile, stay-over visitor arrivals for the period January to August 2011 increased by 8.7 per cent, or 31 852, totalling 397 073.
There were increases in all markets except Canada, which decreased by 1 195 visitors, or 2.3 per cent.  
The largest increases were from Germany and Trinidad and Tobago – 30.7 per cent and 26.9 per cent, respectively.
Cruise passenger arrivals amounting to 426 351 also increased by 4.6 per cent, or 18 747, when compared to the corresponding period in 2010.
The number of landed passengers increased by 19.8 per cent, while the number of vessels increased from 251 to 268.