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Visitors showed Anguilla the love this winter - Island Enjoys Record-Breaking Winter Season

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Anguilla welcomed guests from around the world this winter, resulting in the island’s best winter season in over 27 years.

Guests flocked to Anguilla in record numbers to bask on the island’s 33 pristine beaches, surrounded by sapphire seas; sample the extraordinary variety of delectable 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 stayover 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 per cent increase over the same period in 2017, and a 22.55 per cent 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, just under 40 thousand guests spent one or more nights on Anguilla. The island has, to date, ­attracted almost 50 per cent 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 per cent 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.”