Anguilla welcomed guests from around the world this past winter, resulting in the island’s best winter season in over 27 years. Guests flocked to Anguilla in record numbers, to bask in the island’s 33 pristine beaches, surrounded by sapphire seas; sample the extraordinary variety of delightful culinary experiences; and enjoy the warm and generous hospitality for which the island is so well-known.
Anguilla logged yet another record-breaking month in March, with 11,940 tourist stay-over arrivals. This marks not only the highest March in history, but also the highest monthly total in the history of Anguilla’s tourism industry. The figure represents a 29.16 percent increase over the same period in 2017, and a 22.55 percent increase over March 2016, the month that until now held the record for the most tourist arrivals.
April continued this winning streak, as the 9,790 arrivals recorded is the largest number of tourist arrivals for any month of April dating back as far as 1993. The first quarter tourist arrivals (January to March 2019) at 30,135, was the highest recorded since the Anguilla Tourist Board began tracking arrivals.
During the first four months of the year (January to April 2019), just under 40,000 guests spent one or more nights on Anguilla. The island has to date attracted almost 50 percent of the total tourist arrivals for 2016, the island’s best year to date for tourist arrivals. “Let us celebrate but not become complacent,” said Donna Banks, Chairperson of the Anguilla Tourist Board. “There is still much work to be done; our goal remains a 20 percent increase in tourist arrivals over 2016. We appreciate and value the continued support and cooperation of all our stakeholders and the people of Anguilla, in helping us to achieve these significant milestones for our industry.”