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February 14, 2013

Caribbean celebrates tourism rebound

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The number of people traveling to the Caribbean is bouncing back to pre-recession levels, with visitors from Canada and the U.S. giving a boost to a region struggling to recover from a global economic crisis, a top tourism official said Wednesday.

About 25 million tourists visited the Caribbean last year, a more than 5 percent increase from 2011. It’s a growth rate that outpaced the rest of the world, which saw arrivals increase by 4 percent, said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, chairwoman of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization.

“All the signs suggest Caribbean tourism is rallying,” said Nicholson-Doty. “The region as a whole has regained ground lost in the heat of the global economic depression.”

The Caribbean also saw its largest number of stayover visitors in five years, with the region’s overall hotel occupancy increasing by more than 7 percent and total room revenues up by nearly 9 percent.

And tourists spent big while visiting the Caribbean last year, dropping more than $27 billion, a more than 3 percent increase from 2011. The numbers mark a return to pre-recession levels, Nicholson-Doty said.

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