|Turks and Caicos Arrival Numbers Decrease|
|August 22, 2012|
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, and August 22nd, 2012 – Notwithstanding the challenges faced by our destination in the second quarter of 2012 calendar year (01 April to 30 June); the Turks and Caicos Islands welcomed 231,355 visitors to our shores. Regrettably, this number represents seven percent (7%) decrease in arrivals when compared to the same period in 2011.
While a number of contributing factors to this decline are known (including the outbreak of the Noro Virus and the actions taken to mitigate the potential fallout), the effects that the sluggish economies of Europe and the United States continue to be felt and should not be under estimated. The second quarter arrival numbers of 231,355 are broken down as follows: cruise passengers =151,215 and Land base arrivals accounted for 80,140 persons.
The Tourist Board is optimistic that the destination will return to a growth path in the third and fourth quarters based on reports from our wholesalers and travel partners, based on their future bookings. The cruise Industry continues to perform tremendously well for the TCI arrivals and following the recent enhancements including the construction of the Grand Turk Cruise Center and the Carnival Village in Grand Turk, this growth is expected to continue. According to Grand Turk Cruise Officials, the Grand Turk Cruise Center is meeting all of its targets.
Following a review of this data for the second quarter, Director of Tourism, Ralph Higgs commented “these are challenging times for the Turks and Caicos and these numbers reflect that. However, it does not mean our brand is losing its appeal; to the contrary. These numbers are consistent with a challenging economic time globally. It forces us to think outside the box, to be prudent and more creative in the way we do business. We still have more work to do, we are doing that work and together with our industry partners, we will continue to move our tourism industry higher heights.”