Anguilla Sees 444.4% Increase in Canadian Tourists in DEC 2018

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Despite Hurricane Irma wreaking havoc on Anguilla in SEP 2017, Canadians were not deterred from visiting this northern Caribbean island last fall.

The island received 1,434 Canadian arrivals in the last three months of 2018, which the Anguilla Tourist Board calls a near-historic number of visitor arrivals from Canada.  

DEC 2018 saw pronounced increases in tourist arrivals across all of Anguilla’s top markets, but the rise was most visible in the Canadian market with an increase of 444.4% compared to the previous year. The U.S., U.K, and Italy were next in line, with 359.8%, 284.2%, and 288.2% increases respectively.

This figure is particularly noteworthy in the context of Hurricane Irma, which hit Anguilla as a Category 5 storm with winds gusting up to 136km/hr, causing a temporarily adverse effect on tourism.

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