Wednesday, 28 October 2009 12:00 AM
The number of European visitors to the Caribbean island of Dominica increased by 11.4 per cent over the course of the first half of the year, according to new figures.
Despite the global economic crisis figures from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) reveal that Dominica had the third largest increase for the European market during this period, with only US Virgin Islands and Saba reporting stronger figures.
Overall, just six of the 22 Caribbean islands releasing visitor arrivals for January to July 2009 reported a growth from the European market.
As well as this rise in stayover visitors, Dominica welcomed a large increase in day-trip visitors in the first half of the year, with a number of cruise liners making the island a port of call for the first time in the 2008-9 season.
Numbers are also set to increase further next year with work currently underway to redevelop Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport into a modern, all weather facility.
As well as a runway expansion, new electronic guidance systems and night landing capabilities will improve connections between Dominica and hubs for international flights including Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados and Puerto Rico.
The option for night flights into Dominica could improve access for UK travellers, enabling them to use a wider variety of Caribbean hubs to reach the island.
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