RadioBDC Logo
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall | Coldplay Listen Live
 
 
< Back to front page Text size +

St. Lucia arrivals at all-time high

Posted by Paul Kandarian  February 24, 2011 06:27 AM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

The St. Lucia Tourist Board said stay-over arrivals on the island in the Lesser Antilles hit an all-time high last year, with 305,937, a 10-percent jump over 2009. Tourism Director Louis Lewis said the results are impressive because of ways the industry was affected last year by natural events, including Hurricane Tomas blowing through in November, the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud in April and bad weather in major source markets in December.

Lewis said stays in the first nine months heavily contributed to the overall boost in arrivals. The United States is the biggest market for St. Lucia, accounting for 42 percent of arrivals last year, with the United Kingdom second at 22 percent. The Caribbean market accounted for 18 percent of arrivals, with Canada logging in with 10 percent.

Cruise passenger arrivals dipped last year, he said, with 670,043 visits, a 4.2-percent drop from 2009.

A view of the Piton mountains on St. Lucia, from atop the hills of Maria Islands on the south end of the island

Paul E. Kandarian photo

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

 
About globe-trotting Travel news, tips, deals and dispatches.
contributors
  • Anne Fitzgerald, Globe Travel Editor
  • Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor
  • Eric Wilbur, Boston.com staff
  • Kari Bodnarchuk writes about outdoor adventures, offbeat places, and New England.
  • Patricia Borns, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs travel, maritime, and historical narratives as well as blogs and books.
  • Patricia Harris, a regular contributor to Globe Travel, is author or co-author of more than 20 books on travel, food, and popular culture.
  • Paul E. Kandarian, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs New England and Caribbean stories.
  • Chris Klein is a regular contributor to Globe Travel. His latest book is "The Die-Hard Sports Fan's Guide to Boston."
  • David Lyon, a regular contributor to Globe Travel, is author or co-author of more than 20 books on travel, food, and popular culture.
  • Hilary Nangle, author of Moon Maine, Moon Coastal Maine, and Moon Acadia National Park, writes about soft adventure, skiing, cultural travel, and food.
  • Joe Ray, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs food and travel stories from Europe.
  • Necee Regis is a regular contributor to Globe Travel.
archives