Turks and Caicos, June 1st 2017: Ship calls continue to decline in the Turks and Caicos. In the latest report from the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board, a five percent decrease in ship calls were marked, signalling a drop in the number of cruise ships that actually docked at the cruise centre.
Despite a marginal one percent increase in visitors via cruise ships, which accounts for some 25,540 more passengers this year when compared to 2016’s first quarter, declines were recorded lower this year.
Cruise Ship arrivals continue to trump the air arrival market in the Turks and Caicos.
Air arrivals for January saw a one percent increase in stay-over arrivals, while February saw a four percent increase for the first quarter with some 1,616 more guests arriving this year than February 2016. However, March 2017 saw a five percent decline in stay-over arrivals when compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile, visitors from the US continue to be a major market for the TCI, while Brazil, France and the Caribbean were the other three major source markets. The European market saw the most notable decline, a 44% decrease in stay-over arrivals when compared to 2016’s first quarter, while arrivals from other countries fell by 42% relative to the same period in 2016.
In total, the first quarter of 2017 saw 403,667 visitors to the Turks and Caicos.