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Tourism rebound ‘strong’

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Tourism rebound ‘strong’
Minister of Tourism and International Transport Ian Gooding-Edghill (right) with (from left) CEO of Caribbean Aircraft handling, Lemuel Padmore; CEO of the Grantley Adams International Airport Hadley Bourne and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Francine Blackman. (Picture by Reco Moore)

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Figures from the current winter tourism season are indicating a strong rebound for the sector after the COVID-19 years, and Minister of Tourism Ian Gooding-Edghill says this did not happen in isolation.

During a media briefing on Saturday at the ministry’s Warrens, St Michael office, Gooding-Edghill, flanked by other senior officials, painted an encouraging picture of Barbados’ leading income earner.

He said in 2022, there were 26 080 arrivals from the United Kingdom, just short of the 2018 figure of 26 265, while Canada, the United States and the Caribbean all showed a recovery rate of at least 60 per cent.

“We did not do it in isolation,” Gooding-Edghill pointed out. “It is indicative of the upward, steady trend of growth and recovery for Barbados as a destination. Naturally some markets are recovering at a faster rate than others. That has to do with the environment that we are operating in, but we are confident that we will see other markets return.” (Nation News)

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