CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Sept. 11, 2009: Less Americans travelled to the Caribbean this year, compared to last year, a CaribWorldNews analysis of latest statistics on U.S. nationals air travel to overseas regions reveal.
According to data from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, close to eight percent less Americans travelled to the Caribbean so far this year, when compared to the same period last year. For the period ending January to June, 2009, the total number of Americans travelling to the region was 2,758,178. For the same period last year, the number was 7.3 percent higher.
January was the lowest number of Caribbean visitors, with just 396,837. But the number got better over six months, growing in February to 418,004 and in March to 453,515.
For April, American visitors travelling to the region reached 477,955 and in May, inched further up to 487,674. June has so far been the record high month with over half million visitors, at 524,193.
More Americans seemed enthused about the Middle East and Africa, with both regions experiencing an over 33 percent rise in their American arrival numbers compared to the first six months for 2008.
However, overall, American travel to overseas nations dropped by over 5 percent this year, a trend many experts blame on the current economic recession.
Meanwhile, Caribbean visitors to the U.S. also saw a drop by over 6 percent so far for 2009. For the period January to June, the arrival of Caribbean visitors was at 377,048, down by 6.2 percent from last year.