With British numbers up 6% and several islands feeling the most positive since the recession, the tide looks to be turning
There were few regions in the world where the global economic crisis hampered tourism more than the Caribbean.
Figures from the world tourist organisation UNWTO show that while the international tourism market grew between 4% and 6.5% each year from 2010 to 2014, the Caribbean region grew only 1.6% in 2010, and 1.8% in 2013.
In fact, only Africa and the troubled Middle East have grown more slowly since the recession.
And the Caribbean’s UK market has been a particular struggle. Stats from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) show that since a high of 1,373,600 UK holidaymakers in 2007, that number has fallen by more than a quarter to less than a million.