Canadians Rank High Among Caymans’ Record 2.4 Million Visitors In 2018
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Increased Canadian arrivals prompt airlift expansion
The Cayman Islands welcomed a record 2.4 million guests in 2018, including the most Canadians ever. The 2.4 million total was an 11% increase over 2017 and surpassed the destination’s previous best, set in 2006.
On top of a steady stream of cruise visitors, the islands saw an 11% increase in stayover arrivals, welcoming over 450,000 visitors for the first time. Canadian stayover arrivals increased by 7.5% to 26,600, setting monthly records in JAN, MAY, SEP, NOV and DEC.
Higher demand for Canadian travel to Cayman has led to increases in capacity at both Air Canada and WestJet this winter, and both airlines will increase go 2X-weekly from Toronto to Grand Cayman from MAY to OCT.
“The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and our island partners in Grand Cayman are thrilled to see a continuation in record breaking Canadian visitation to the destination,” said Raymond Mathias, Business Development Manager for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. “We are delighted with the expanded airlift service and the positive impact this has had on driving travel to the destination, as we continue to build on the growth we’ve already seen in 2018.”
The Department of Tourism credits diversification of its market, the ongoing development of new routes and innovative marketing plans as the driving forces behind the record-breaking success.