New arrivals boost Barbados tourism
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday February 10, 2012 – Barbados has recorded a two per cent increase in tourist arrivals for January over last year’s figures.
And that country’s tourism minister Richard Sealy has accredited part of this success to new ventures such as the Swedish flight on TUI Nordic as being one of the reasons for the success.
“The Swedish flight did extremely well. It was in the 90s in terms of the load factors, and TUI Nordic has already agreed that come next winter season there will be a weekly charter instead of a bi-weekly charter and we will alternate with Stockholm and Helsinki…,” the minister said.
This means that instead of one flight from Stockholm, Sweden every week, come 2013, there will be a flight weekly alternating between Stockholm and Helsinki, Finland.
Mr. Sealy is remaining hopeful that the new business will result in economic gains for Barbados as the Scandinavian countries’ economies are still doing well and their citizens are willing to travel and spend.
However, while boasting of an increase over last year’s outstanding January performance, Mr. Sealy is mindful that the world economy is still not stable, a factor that can affect the tourism sector.
“We are not getting carried away with the arrivals numbers obviously; we are still looking at the spend,” he said.
He added while the United States economy was looking positive, the reality was that people were still being tentative about spending their money, especially with the EU situation lurking.