Grenada Reports “Stellar” Tourism Performance In 2019
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
The harbour in Grenada’s capital St. George’s.
The Royalton Grenada will open as the nation’s largest hotel in MAR.
2018 was a record-breaking year for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique as the three- island destination welcomed more than half a million total visitors to its shores. 2019 continued the trend, with the Grenada Tourism Authority reporting that the preliminary visitor total topped 525,000.
Stayover visitor arrivals, which are considered the most valuable visitor in terms of on-island spend, accounted for 162,902, a 1% increase over 2018’s bumper growth (10%) of 160,970 arrivals. Considering that one of the largest hotels on island, the Rex Grenadian, has been closed for refurbishment since May 2019, this is a good indication of the destination’s growth.
Grenada’s accommodations portfolio will expand with the addition of The Royalton Grenada hotel, scheduled to open on 1MAR as the largest hotel on island with 269 rooms. Sandals Grenada with 257 rooms and Radisson Grenada Beach Hotel with 227 rooms will be the second and third largest hotels on island respectively. The destination will also soon be home to the Kimpton Kawana Bay hotel which will have 220 rooms. Construction is well underway on Grand Anse Beach and 100 rooms will be available by DEC.
Cruise visitor arrivals totalled 337,940, maintaining solid numbers after 2018’s record growth (15%) of 342,826. A strong 2020 is on the way, with plans for RCI to increase visits from 19 cruise calls in 2019 to 29 this year with Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.Carnival Fascinationwill make 12 new calls to Grenada throughout the year 2021.
GTA’s Chief Executive Officer, Patricia Maher stated: “Tourism prospects are excellent for the destination, not just for 2020 but beyond, with the announcement of a Six Senses Hotel to open in 2022. This upscale 100-room hotel project is part of a two hotel development plan at La Sagesse in the parish of St. David’s. It will be the first Six Senses brand hotel in the Caribbean.”
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.