This just in…
In the interest of fairness and accuracy, retired diplomat Peter Simmons stated on Down to Brass Tacks yesterday that visitor arrivals were down 9 per cent for the first three months of 2013.
While long stay visitor arrivals were down 9 per cent in both January and February, they were only down 1.6 per cent in March.
In fact, cruise ship passenger arrivals were up by 9.2 per cent in March 2013. This is when compared with the same periods in 2012.
What was that old saying about statistics and people who use them?
Okay, so we know life is tough ’bout hey, but what does this mean…
March 2013 cruise ship passengers up 9.2% over March 2012
March 2013 overall tourist visits down 1.6% compared to March 2012
We had a couple of bigger boats in compared with last year, but the overall visitors are down.
The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming!
We had an extra 367 German visitors in March 2013 over March 2012. How much did those extra visitors cost us in increased BTA spending in Germany? I know you can’t look at it like that because you have to consider the cumulative impact of advertising, but while the Barbados Tourism Authority people will be happy to talk about the increase in Germans, what do they say about the loss of 385 Canadians and 1,431 Americans during the same period?
This is too heavy for me on a Thursday morning. I need a Banks…
. March March Net YoY YoY%
. 2013 2012 Change
TOTAL 53,304 54,164 -860 -1.6%
U.K 18,550 17,601 949 5.4%
U.S.A 12,222 13,653 -1,431 -10.5%
Canada 9,086 9,471 -385 -4.1%
Germany 1,343 976 367 37.6%
Other Europe 2,825 2,459 366 14.9%
Trinidad & Tobago 2,937 2,982 -45 -1.5%
Other Caricom 4,237 4,653 -416 -8.9%
Other Countries 2,104 2,369 -265 -11.2%
SOURCE: Barbados Statistical Service
Bloomberg Cruise Stats: Barbados Cruise, March 2013
Bloomberg Tourism Stats: Barbados Overall March 2013