Barbados is one of the most sophisticated destinations in the Caribbean. Concorde had daily flights to just four places in the world: New York, London, Paris and Barbados. It has one of the largest restaurant scenes in the region.
Barbados long-stay tourism arrivals are on their fourth consecutive record-breaking year, and that is despite the increase in the room levy and departure tax.
Barbados’ exclusive and luxury brand has put it on an upward trajectory independent of industry trends. In 2018 when visitor numbers fell 2.3% in the Caribbean, they rose by 2.5% in Barbados. When US visitors to Cuba surged, they surged to Barbados as well.
Visitor spend on island was up 7% in 2018 to $1.12bn.
Occupancy over the last 12 months is at 68%.
Over 2.4m passengers travel to and from Barbados annually.