AirNewsTimes Uk About US Contact

Tourists boost air arrivals

Tourists boost air arrivals

Tourist air arrivals in April were the highest in seven years and continued an eight-month trend of surpassing the same month the previous year.

» Tourism | Monday, June 6, 2011 • Air News Times
A total of 30,824 tourist arrived by air during the month, up more than 12 per cent over last April and the highest since 33,903 passengers arrived by air in April 2004.

Hoteliers were happy with their April occupancy.

“It was a strong month all around,” said Melissa Ladley of The Ritz-Carlton, 
Grand Cayman.

“The late Easter helped stretch the high season into four months as did the late spring breaks in Virginia and Washington DC.” In
addition, arrivals from Canada almost doubled from 2010, Ms Ladley said.

Laura Skec, senior sales manager at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, also said the late Easter help make April a fantastic month. She pointed to the increase in Canadian tourists as a major factor.

“The Canadian market is booming,” she said. “We have seen an increase of 35 per cent against last year in the year-to-date. April is the month with the highest increase. The interest in Cayman is growing and the WestJet service has ignited this trend.” T

The Northeast continues to be Cayman’s best US market, but there is growth from other areas of the country as well.

“New York continues to be the main source from US travellers, together with the Philadelphia area,” she said. “Dallas and Houston continue to be a steady source also, increasing year over year.”

Looking ahead

Although summer bookings are looking softer than the winter and spring months - as they do every year - they are better than 2010.

Ms Ladley said summer reservations were pacing slightly ahead this year compared to last year, but other hotels were seeing even stronger bookings.

Paul Robinson, managing director of The Reef, said summer was looking strong, which seemed due to pent-up demand in the 
United States.

“At the Reef, we are seeing a substantial strengthening of occupancy for June, July and August,” he said, adding that the sinking of the Kittiwake and the targeting of the dive market by the Department of Tourism had boosted the destination, including East End, 
for that market.

However, Mr. Robinson still sees room for improvement.  

“The US economy needs to strengthen to really push occupancies back to the good old days.”

Alain Beiner of Turtle Nest Inn said June looked solid and July and August were shaping up positively in a direct comparison to last year.

He noted that while the booking window remained relatively shortened, the hotel was now taking more bookings a year in advance than ever before.

“We have never booked as many stays for May one year in advance,” he said. “Prospective visitors seem to be unsure of cash immediately available, so hesitant to commit to an offshore vacation now. However, they appear much more confident of having the cash available for a vacation next year.”

Trina Christian of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association echoed the hoteliers’ pleasure at April’s numbers and said all eyes are now on the summer. She said the hurricane season is one factor that could affect summer tourism.

“It’s not about whether you get hit by a hurricane, but if there are serious storm warnings,” she said. “Then, because of the publicity, it does have a negative impact. We knock on wood and hope it does not happen, but it is a reality.  

“If we are clear of any serious warnings, then we are in good shape and  we are certainly hopeful that we will have a strong summer.” 
Warning: Comments which include insulting, offensive sentences or hints, assault and comments with the unwritten rules of spellingand written in English characters incorrectly will not be approved.
Login to make a comment with your user name
Yorumunuzu Sendin
Tüm Yorumları Okumak İçin tıklayın

More News

All Nippon Airways Reportedly to Order the Airbus A380
Thursday, December 31, 2015    
AA550: Interview With First Officer Steve Stackelhouse
Thursday, December 31, 2015    
Qantas Resumes Nonstop Service to San Francisco
Thursday, December 31, 2015    
AirwaysNews' 2015 Top 10 Stories
Wednesday, December 30, 2015    
First A320neo Delivery Postponed Until January
Wednesday, December 30, 2015    
Most Significant Aviation Events in 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015    
Op-Ed: Is Open Seating Losing Altitude at Southwest?
Tuesday, December 29, 2015    
AirwaysNews' 2016 Aviation Predictions
Monday, December 28, 2015    
Top 10 Holiday Videos
Thursday, December 24, 2015    
The 2015 AirwaysNews Aviation Holiday Wish List
Wednesday, December 23, 2015    
Airbus Beluga XL Production Starts
Monday, December 21, 2015    
Airbus to Delay IndiGo's A320neo Delivery
Monday, December 21, 2015    
WestJet Spreads Holiday Cheer 12,000 Times
Monday, December 21, 2015    
Flashback Friday: 80th Anniversary of the Douglas DC-3
Saturday, December 19, 2015    
All Nippon Airways Reportedly to Order the Airbus A380
All Nippon Airways Reportedly to Order the Airbus A380
ANA is reportedly planning to order three Airbus A380s, according to Nikkei
EVA Airways Becomes a Boeing 787-10 Customer
EVA Airways Becomes a Boeing 787-10 Customer
The Taiwanese Carrier has inked a deal with Boeing for the purchase of up o
Delta to Keep 14 Additional Boeing 757-200s
Delta to Keep 14 Additional Boeing 757-200s
According to Bloomberg, Delta will keep 14 Boeing 757-200 aircraft that wer
Bombardier: CSeries Certification Program on Track
Bombardier: CSeries Certification Program on Track
Despite the shadows about its future, Bombardier stays loyal to its CSeries
CityJet to Take Delivery of 15 Superjet SSJ100
CityJet to Take Delivery of 15 Superjet SSJ100
CityJet has confirmed today the acquisition of 15 SuperJet SSj100, with del
CityJet to Become a CRJ-900 Operator
CityJet to Become a CRJ-900 Operator
Irish carrier Cityjet has confirmed that will become a Bombardier CRJ-900 o
JetBlue to Take Off to Quito, Ecuador
JetBlue to Take Off to Quito, Ecuador
JetBlue continues its Latin American expansion out of Fort Lauderdale, now
  • Kara Kutu

  • Çok Okunan

  • Yorumlanan

AirNews'i Delicious'ta PaylaşınAirNews'i Stumbleupon'da Paylaşın!AirNews'i Twitter'da Takip Edin!AirNews Facebook Sayfasını Ziyaret EdinAirNews RSS
UK News | World | Aviation | Airlines | Airports | Business | Space | Technology | Tourism | Photos | Videos

This Site All Rights Reserved. Not be quoted without permission.

Copyright © 2008 - 2011

Design / Software: Air News Times