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    Caribbean Tourism Organization Forecasts Three-Percent Growth Feb 10, 2010 By: Joe Pike TravelAgentCentral The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is
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      Caribbean Tourism Organization Forecasts Three-Percent Growth

      Feb 10, 2010
      By: Joe Pike
      TravelAgentCentral

      The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is forecasting a rebound in
      visitor arrivals in 2010 with moderate growth expected for the region
      on the heels of positive indicators from the fourth quarter of 2009.

      According to Winfield Griffith, director of research and information
      technology, the CTO is expecting tourism in the region to grow by up
      to three percent in 2010 as the global economy continues to see
      recovery. Despite the global economic slump, theCaribbean remains one
      of the world�s most popular tourist regions.

      A total of 22.1 million people visited the Caribbean in 2009, down
      from 22.9 million in 2008. Griffith pointed to positive trending in
      visitor arrivals during the course of 2009 as a cause for hope in
      2010. Although aggregate tourist arrivals to the 33 CTO member
      countries declined by 3.6 percent in 2009, quarterly data showed
      successive improvements during the year.

      The first quarter saw a 6.6 percent decline in visitation yet that
      percentage dropped to six percent in the second quarter, two percent
      in the third quarter and then actually saw an increase in year-over-
      year visitation of one percent in the fourth quarter.

      Cruise visitor arrivals to the region as a whole increased 1.4 percent
      after a three-percent decline in 2008. This increase was associated
      with the aggressive marketing drive of the cruise line along with
      price specials.



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