Notwithstanding declines in overnight visitors and cruise arrivals, day tripper statistics have shown an impressive increase this year when compared to last year, the BVI Tourist Board has reported.
More than 11,000 day-trippers visited the BVI between January and September of 2017 but that figure increased by 28 percent this year.
Those rising numbers could be attributed to a strong effort to recover the local tourism industry since the 2017 hurricanes. Despite this effort, other statistics indicate that the BVI is still at a considerable distance away from pre-hurricane standards.
According to a recent report from the BVI Tourist Board, overnight visitor arrivals between January and September of this year has dipped by 56 percent when compared to the corresponding period last year.
Some 334,630 overnight visitors were recorded during that period last year. That number dropped to 133,425 this year, the Tourist Board has reported.
One of the main reasons for this disparity is the fact accommodation is still a challenge since some of the territory’s major resorts are still under reconstruction.
Another massive decline in the tourism industry is seen in the cruise sector, which comes as no surprise since major cruise ships such as Disney and Norwegian cruises only started returning to the territory weeks ago.
Working with the same January to September timeline, stats from the Tourist Board show an 88 percent decline in cruise arrivals this year when compared to 2017.
Cruise arrivals were a 409,723 last year and 45,785 this year.
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