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The St Lucia Tourist Board has announced that 2013 was its best year to date for Tourism arrivals.

Last year brought unprecedented growth for the tourism industry in Saint Lucia. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board reports record stay-over arrivals for 2013, achieving the highest number of arrivals in the island’s history reaching more than 315,000 visitors, surpassing 2011’s record of 312,404.
 
Preliminary statistics boast a 3.4 percent increase in overall arrivals from 2012. The largest growth was seen in from United States, a leading source market for the island, with an 11 percent increase from the previous year.
 
According to Minister Theophilus, the momentum in 2013 will continue to build in the New Year as the Saint Lucia Tourist Board estimates that hoteliers and tourism entities on the island will spend upwards of $230 million dollars (US) on upgrades and refurbishments, attracting renowned luxury brands such as Sixth Sense and Capella Resorts to the island.
 
The Saint Lucia Tourist Board will continue to promote several island-wide initiatives such as the recently rebranded Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, the renowned Saint Lucia Health & Wellness Retreat, Chocolate Heritage Month and the second-annual “Love Elevated” Wedding Symposium, offering insight into the island’s romantic hotspots and top wedding locations.
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