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On the heels of being adjudged the ‘Sexiest Caribbean destination,’ Tourism officials here are boasting that Saint Lucia remains steadfastly on course to record its most active year in recent times.

Officials are basking in news of continuous increases in stay-over-arrivals for the much sought after destination, with the latest November figures indicating a 6-percent increase over the same period last year.

Arrivals from the US market were up 19 percent from 8,171 in 2012 to 9,732 in 2013.  Year to date arrivals from the US are also up 12 percent from over 104 thousand visitors in 2012 to over 116 thousand in 2013.

The Caribbean market captured the third largest share of stay-over arrivals in November with a total of 3,533 visitors.  This figure represents a 7% increase in arrivals from the same month last year. Year to date arrivals from the Caribbean are also up 7% from the previous year.

In expressing delight over the news, Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus said the increases come amidst stiff competition and challenging times for the tourism industry throughout the Caribbean.

He adds that Saint Lucia has been able to realize steady increases in arrivals overall and most notably an expansion in its main source market - the United States, even as the US economy still grapples with slow economic recovery.”
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