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.
According to the Grenada Tourism Authority, figures show that last year, the 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.
It said that 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.
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 as the largest hotel on the island with 269 rooms. Sandals Grenada has 257 rooms and Radisson Grenada Beach Hotel has 227 rooms.
The Spice Island will also have the Kimpton Kawana Bay hotel with 220 rooms with construction well underway on the world-famous Grand Anse Beach and 100 rooms will be available by December 2020.
Grenada’s yachting industry also continues to show strength with preliminary visitor arrivals currently at 24,611.
In the cruise ship sector, the Grenada Tourism Authority said visitor arrivals accounted for 337,940 maintaining solid numbers after 2018’s record growth of 15 percent.
Plans are in place for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to increase visits from 19 cruise calls in 2019 to 29 this year with Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Carnival Fascination is planning 12 new calls to Grenada throughout the year 2021.