The Turks and Caicos Islands is celebrating more than one million visitors to the destination by air and cruise.
From January to October 2023, the Turks and Caicos saw 535,893 visitors arrive by air and 677,943 via cruise, the destination's Ministry of Tourism says.
The air arrivals for January to October 2023 represent a 4.8 per cent increase over 2022, which saw 511,132 air arrivals in the same period. The air arrivals also represent an 18 percent increase over the 2019 figure of 450,443 arrivals for the same period.
“We are very pleased to see the increased number of visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands by air and cruise for 2023. The Turks and Caicos Islands is renowned for its pristine turquoise waters and white sand beaches, world-class resorts and villas, culinary diversity, cultural experiences and natural beauty, 'Beauty By Nature.' The increased visitation demonstrates the Turks and Caicos Islands' appeal for barefoot luxury and unique experiences," said Minister of Tourism Josephine Connolly.
“As a multi-island destination, we are also diversifying the product experience and encouraging our visitors to experience the culture, heritage and activities for day tours and/or overnight stay beyond Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos,”
U.S. & Canada stats
The United States market remains the leading source market with 434,343 arrivals from January to October. There were 35,606 arrivals from Canada.
There were 8,541 arrivals from the United Kingdom, versus 2022 for the same period January to August 2023.
The increase in all source markets augurs well for the destination going into the US Thanksgiving Holiday which is already evident in visitor arrivals this week, according to Stacy Cox, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA).
The cruise arrivals of 677,943 also mark a 30.5 per cent increase over the period in 2022 which saw 519,418 cruise passengers.