Saint Lucia Had Record 2018, Topping 1.2 Million Overall Visitors
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Saint Lucia is a hot destination these days. After a record 2017, the island attracted 10.2% more visitors in 2018, for an overall total of 1.2 million – including land and sea arrivals.
All of the key sectors of Saint Lucia tourism enjoyed growth – 25.9% in the yachting segment, 13.6% in cruise and 2.2% in the stay-over sector.
Stay-over visitors rose by 8,653 for a total of 394,780. Canadian visitors declined by 5.6%, likely due to reduced lift. The U.S., United Kingdom and France led this category, rising by 4.1%, 4.9% and 17.3% respectively.
Cruise day-trippers account for the largest proportion of Saint Lucia visitors by far. There were 760,306 cruise pax arrivals, 91,089 more than in 2017. The expansion of Berth #1 at Pointe Seraphine assisted with this growth as it allowed Port Castries to accommodate Vista, Quantum and Freedom Class vessels.
Currently, Air Canada offers daily year-round flights to Saint Lucia from Toronto. WestJet offers twice-weekly year-round flights to the island from YYZ as well. Sunwing offers weekly seasonal flights from Toronto and Montreal, and Air Canada flies weekly on a seasonal basis from YUL to UVF.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.