Travel to the Caribbean has long been focused on the U.S. traveler, but new data from the Expedia group, one of the world’s largest online travel companies, revealed recently that intra-Caribbean travel is on the rise, with a 50 percent bump in demand in the first three quarters of 2014, when compared to the same time period in 2013.
According to the data, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas lead the Caribbean in the quantity of intra-Caribbean travelers, which is defined as travelers whose origins and destination are both in the Caribbean region.
“We’re thrilled that the Caribbean continues to report overall growth as our goal in the region is to support our hotel partners by exceeding their commercial objectives. U.S. travelers to the Caribbean remains a priority for us, but we also like to point out that our marketing and technology capabilities allow us to offer hotel partners access to customers on both a global and local scale,” said Demetrius Canton, director of lodging partner services for the Caribbean, for Expedia group.
“We believe this substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel can be attributed to a range of factors including new connectivity as well as hoteliers who are generating demand via Expedia’s latest technologies, powerful marketing platforms and valuable market intelligence,” he said.
Additional results from this study report that the Dominican Republic, Barbados and the Cayman Islands have the most substantial growth with regard to intra-Caribbean travel.
The top five Caribbean markets reporting substantial year over year intra-Caribbean growth in the first three quarters of 2014 when compared to the same timeframe in 2013 include:
- Dominican Republic, with more than 70 percent growth
- Barbados, with more than 60 percent growth
- Cayman Islands, with more than 50 percent growth
- Puerto Rico, with nearly 50 percent growth
- Trinidad and Tobago, with more than 40 percent growth