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Barbados sees major rise in tourist numbers

The island nation of Barbados has reported seeing the most long-stay visitors in 29 years, topping 300,000 tourist arrivals for the first half of 2015. The numbers illustrate a 14.3%  growth from 2014, with the fastest growing segments of the island’s tourism including villa vacations and destination weddings.

Barbados where an earthquake was felt but nobody was hurt.
Barbados where an earthquake was felt but nobody was hurt. Image by Berit Watkin / CC BY 2.0

Cruise traffic has also risen by 12%, with over 115,000 passengers arriving on 52 port calls. According to Alvin Jemmott, chairman of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), the increase in tourism corresponds with the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s growth projection for the region.

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