(MENAFN - Caribbean News Now)
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands \u2014 Air arrivals into the Cayman Islands continued their positive trend in April with 46,079 visitors, an increase of 17.98 percent over 2018.\n
This represents the best April in recorded history and the first time the destination welcomed over 40,000 stayover visitors in April. April also saw an increase of 2.17 percent in cruise arrivals, with 154,983 passengers arriving at our shores. Based on preliminary estimates, total visitor spend from January through April 2019 was approximately KY$305 million.\n
\u201cDiversification in visitation is essential to increasing our stayover performance and levelling seasonality,\u201d commented deputy premier and minister for tourism, Moses Kirkconnell. \u201cSports tourism creates opportunities to positively impact both visitation and total visitor spend. I am proud that the Cayman Islands will host the third-annual Cayman Islands Classic this fall and look forward to welcoming the teams and their fans from across the United States.\u201d\n
The Cayman Islands Classic is an annual preseason college basketball tournament that will be held 25 \u2013 27 November 2019. The tournament features eight division one teams who will compete at the John Gray High School gymnasium.