(Barbados Today) -Local hoteliers are already salivating over the prospect of a bumper tourism yield next year, as they relish what is expected to be another record year in 2017.
There was no mention of the vexing sewage problem on the south coast and its possible impact on the industry as the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) announced increases in both stay over and cruise arrivals, as well as hotel occupancy.
Chief Executive Officer Rudy Grant told the association’s fourth quarterly meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this afternoon that the island welcomed 31,916 more air passengers between January and October this year, than it did for the corresponding period last year, a 6.46 percent increase.
At the same time, cruise arrivals and calls both grew by over 18 percent, while hotel occupancy rates clawed back from a five percent drop during the first quarter of this year to register a 1.7 percent rise.
Grant said growth was achieved despite some challenges, which he did not list. And he predicted even better days ahead next year.