Barbados has recorded a 5.2 percent increase in stay-over arrivals for the first seven months of the year.

Chief Executive Officer of The Barbados Tourism Marketing Incorporated William Griffith says that between January and July this year, Barbados welcomed 434 thousand 961 visitors through the Grantley Adams International Airport, an increase of 21 thousand 345 visitors.

In the month of July alone Barbados recorded an 8% growth over July 2018, while the annual Crop Over Festival was in full swing.

Mr. Griffith adds that as the island continues its recovery from the regional fall-out due to the 2017 hurricane season, the BTMI is aggressively pursuing new cruise marketing and product development initiatives, which have resulted in the months of February, March, April and July recording increased cruise arrivals. It is anticipated that these initiatives will contribute to longer-term growth.

Of Barbados’ major source markets, Central and South America recorded the highest growth for the first half of 2019 at 17.6% followed by the United States at 10.9%. Germany and the United Kingdom also performed favorably with increases of 8.5% and 7.9% respectively.