Grenada's tourism figures set to soar
Photo:Grand Anse Beach, Grenada
Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique welcomed more than half a million visitors to its shores in 2019, with a further increase in visitor arrivals expected for 2020 and beyond.
According to the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), preliminary figures show that in 2019, the three-island destination recorded 525,453 visitors.
The Authority says stayover visitor arrivals, which are considered the most valuable visitor in terms of on-island spend, accounted for 162,902, a one percent increase over 2018’s bumper growth of 160,970 arrivals.
It says considering that one of the largest hotels on the island, the Rex Grenadian, has been closed for refurbishment since May 2019, this is a good indication of the destination’s growth and high demand with intrepid travelers.
Grenada’s accommodations portfolio is also expected to increase its market share with the addition of The Royalton Grenada hotel, scheduled to open on March 1, 2020, as the largest hotel on the island with 269 rooms.
The second and third largest hotels on the island respectively are Sandals Grenada with 257 rooms and Radisson Grenada Beach Hotel with 227 rooms.
The destination will also be home to the Kimpton Kawana Bay hotel which will have 220 rooms with construction well underway on the world-famous Grand Anse Beach and 100 rooms will be available by December 2020.
Turning to the cruise ship sector, the Grenada Tourism Authority says visitor arrivals accounted for 337,940 maintaining solid numbers after 2018’s record growth (15 percent) of 342,826.
Plans are in place for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) to increase visits from 19 cruise calls in 2019 to 29 cruise calls in 2020 with Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Carnival Fascination is planning 12 new calls to Grenada throughout the year 2021.
Grenada’s yachting industry also continues to show strength with preliminary visitor arrivals currently at 24,611.
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.”
Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Clarice Modeste-Curwen noted: “The destination’s tourism partners and the industry’s allied members are looking forward to significant future growth plans throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, taking into account all the new developments in the stayover, cruise and yachting sectors.”
Recently, the destination was named “Top 12 to watch in 2020” in the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Travel Trends Report 2020, the only Caribbean destination to be included in the UK global benchmark report since 2018.