Canadians Drive Cayman Islands Visitations

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism is citing strong tourism from Canada as a primary reason for its success.

When visitation from the top 10 countries for Jan-Dec 2019 is compared to 2022, Canada recorded the second fastest recovery to pre-pandemic visitation ahead of the UK (fourth) and the United States (fifth).

Between July and December 2022, Canada recorded two record breaking months, and three that were ahead of 2019 month over month numbers indicating a strong demand for the sophisticated destination.

Despite pandemic-induced limited air service in 2022, which has now returned to normal scheduling, 19,852 Canadian travellers arrived in the Cayman Islands last year, a remarkable 66% of the country’s record year of 2019.

Raymond Mathias, Business Development Manager, Canada, said that: “The Cayman Islands has always been a favourite of discriminating Canadian travellers who value the diversity of experiences found on our three pristine islands and the superior infrastructure the destination offers.”

Mathias continued: “We were hopeful that as the pandemic waned, travellers would once again embrace the unique experience that Cayman offers, and are thrilled by the high consumer demand and support of our industry partners to ensure that even more Canadians can enjoy our distinctive islands.”

Canada exceeded its December visitation 12% over December 2019 aided in part by national exposure on Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada, which filmed the semi-final and finale episodes in the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. The episodes, which aired between Oct. 31 and Nov. 14, 2022, provided viewers with a window into the refined island destination’s exceptional culinary culture, chic hotels and pristine beaches.

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