Chief executive officer of the Barbados Tourism Management Inc., William “Billy” Griffith (right), speaking with his chairman Alvin Jemmott during yesterday’s first quarter report Press conference. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)
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BARBADOS’ TOURISM figures for the first quarter of the year have broken a 25-year record for arrivals during the winter season.
And Alvin Jemmott, chairman of the Barbados Tourism Management Inc. (BTMI), predicted this trend will hold through the year, “comfortably” exceeding the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s prediction of a five per cent increase in long-stay arrivals for the region for the year.
During a review of the tourism performance for January to March 2015 yesterday at Hilton Barbados, Jemmott said that with 171 471 long-stay arrivals for the period, this was the highest for about a quarter-century.
He said preliminary statistics revealed the figure was an increase of 22 458 or 15.1 per cent more visitors than in 2014. Furthermore, all three months recorded double-digit increases, with February recording the highest increase of 20 per cent. (SDB Media)
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