St. Vincent and the Grenadines tourism industry is seeing encouraging growth according to recently released visitor arrival figures.

Minister for Tourism, Cecil McKie speaking in Parliament this morning disclosed that this island recorded steady improvement in visitor arrivals during the first quarter of 2018.

Stay over arrivals by air increased by 15.5% during the period January to March, compared to the same period last year.

Minister McKie said same day visitors for the same period increased by 6.9%, giving an overall increase in arrivals by air of 15.3%.

The Tourism Minister said the visitor arrivals by sea was even more encouraging, with the tourism season October 2017 to April 2018 being the best ever with “bumper numbers” across all of the sectors.

According to Minister McKie, there was an increase of 26.2% in yacht arrivals for the first quarter of 2018, while cruise arrivals were up by 87.1%, giving an increase of 73.3% by sea and an overall arrivals increase of 62.9%.

The Minister of Tourism said that a lot of focused work has been done over the years to increase our tourism figures, and said the opening of the Argyle International Airport has contributed to a tremendous boost in this area.

He further reiterated that all Vincentians must continue to play their role in the continued development of the tourism sector.

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