Text Box: Overview of Anguilla’s 2005 Tourism Season


Anguilla’s tourism sector continues to show signs of strengthening as data on visitor arrivals for 2005 showed an increase of 19% over 2004.  Total visitor arrivals were 143, 186 in 2005 compared to 120,788 in 2004. 


Tourists (Stay over)
During the 1st quarter this type of visitor performed well.  Arrivals totaled 18,635 compared to 15,989 in 2004 resulting in a 17% increase.  This is encouraging after coming off a 2005 fourth quarter 1% decline when December was the only month that recorded an increase of 5%.  January, February and March all showed increases of 19%, 12% and 20% respectively.

The 18,635 tourists who visited during this period was the highest total in arrivals, in a first quarter to Anguilla since 1999, when 16,395 tourists visited.  The highest number of tourist arrivals was 6,997 recorded in the month of March 2005. This was also the largest influx of persons to the island in any one month since 1999.

46% or 8,645 of overall tourist arrivals entered through the Airport for this first quarter 2005, a 9 percent increase over the same period last year.  Blowing Point port received 53% of overall tourist arrivals, up 47%from the first quarter 2004.  9,915 persons entered Anguilla through this port.  Sandy Ground was the port of entry for 75 tourists in this quarter.

16 percent of tourists visiting Anguilla during January to March stayed for a period of 1-3 days.  42 % stayed for just under a week and 43 percent stayed for a week or more.  The average length of stay was 8.5 days compared to 7.9 days in 2004.

Arrivals from the Canadian market during the first quarter 2005 increased 24% over the same period last year, followed by tourists from the United Kingdom with 32% and the U.S.A with 19%.  Arrivals from the German market and Other European countries fell by 65%and 38% respectively. 

During the second quarter, this category of visitor arrivals, who, are deemed to contribute more to the economy, performed relatively well compared to the same period last year. Tourist arrivals increased by 9%. 16,471 tourists visited during the second quarter this year compared to 15,136 tourists for the same period in 2004.

The month of June saw the largest percentage increase in arrivals of 19% over June last year.  This was in fact the highest increase for the month of June in the last decade, when 4,766 tourists visited during the month.  April and May both recorded increases of 2% and 9% respectively. 

Tourist arrivals through the port of Blowing Point for this period were 8,550, up 28% from the same period in 2004.  Arrivals through the Wallblake Airport also rose slightly by 0.5% over the second quarter of 2004.  

74% of tourists during this period stayed for approximately 4-15 days while just under one fifth of those visiting the island stayed for 1 – 3 days and 7% stayed for 16 or more days.   On average for this quarter the length of stay was 7.3 days compared to 6.9 days during the second quarter of 2004.

The Canadian market saw the largest increase in arrivals for this period over the same period in 2004.  Arrivals, from this country increased by 35% and this country accounted for 2% of Anguilla’s tourism market share.
Text Box: Arrivals, from the United States the country, from where most of Anguilla’s tourists originate, increased by 15% during the second quarter. Of the total tourist arrivals for the quarter under review, 11,753 were from this country, accounting for 71% of the market share.  

Other markets that recorded increases were the United Kingdom, Italy, Other European Countries, the French and Dutch West Indies with 7%, 18%, 13% and 4% respectively.  

For the third quarter, tourist arrivals increased by 29%.  The months of July and September recorded the largest percentage increases in arrivals of 11% and 29% respectively from last year.  12,078 tourists visited during the 3rd quarter of 2005 compared to 10,909 tourists for the same period in 2004.

Arrivals through Wallblake Airport grew by 21% over the same period of 2004.  6,439 tourists entered through this port.   Arrivals are beginning to return to ‘normal’ levels after the partial closure of Wallblake Airport during the latter half of the 3rd quarter of 2004.  .  Meanwhile, arrivals through the Port of Blowing Point were 5,614, up 8% from the same period last year.  

61% of tourists stayed for approximately 4-15 days while a quarter of those visiting the island stayed for 1 – 3 days and 14% stayed for 16 or more days during the 3rd quarter 2005.   On average the length of stay was 8.4 days compared to 7.7 days during the third quarter of 2004.

All the markets except Germany showed increases for this quarter over last year’s 3rd quarter.  Although arrivals from Other European Countries (including Switzerland and Austria) were up by 24% (the largest increase for the period) over last year, this country accounted for only 5% percent of the market.  

6,427 persons visited Anguilla from the U.S.A. during this period, up 9% from the 5,917 that visited during the same period in 2004.  This country accounted for 53% of the market share.

Arrivals from the U.K and Italy, increased by 17% and 5% respectively, over the corresponding period last year, while arrivals from Germany declined by 36%.  

During the 4th quarter, arrivals by this type of visitor, was on par with the first three quarters.  Tourist arrivals increased by 25% over the same period in 2004.  14,900 tourists visited during the 4th quarter, 2005 compared to 11,953 tourists, for the same period in 2004. The month of October had the largest increase of 40% followed by November and December with 29% and 17% respectively over the corresponding periods of 2004.  December recorded the largest monthly total in tourist arrivals to the island over the last decade.  7,099 tourists visited during this month.    

Tourist arrivals are now returning to normal levels through the Wallblake Airport and the Blowing Point Port.   Both ports were equal in importance for tourists entering Anguilla.  During this period 7,480 tourists entered through the WallBlake Airport while 7,385 tourists entered through the port at Blowing Point. 

19% of the tourists visiting during this period stayed for approximately 1 – 3 days, 42% stayed for a week, 28% stayed for 8-15 days and 11% stayed for 16 or more days. On average the overall length of stay was 8.1 days.

Arrivals from Anguilla’s source markets continued to show growth during this period compared with last year.  Other European countries recorded the greatest percentage increase of tourists to the island with 30%, followed by the United Kingdom with 23%, the U.S.A. with 22%, Italy with 19% and Canada with 2%.  Meanwhile the U.S.A saw the largest number of arrivals during this 4th quarter.  4,960 persons residing in that country visited Anguilla.
Text Box: Excursionists (Day-Trippers)

Excursionists to Anguilla for the first quarter were 39% higher than the same period in 2004.  25,753 excursionists made Anguilla a day-trip destination while on vacation during the first quarter of this year. January and February registered increases of 36% and 27% respectively and arrivals during March increased 53% surpassing the overall quarterly percentage increase of 39%.

As is expected, Blowing Point had the largest number in arrivals for this type of visitor.  Most excursionists are persons vacationing in St. Martin who then takes the ferry over to Anguilla. 20,540 persons or 80% of excursionists passed through this port, representing an increase of 49% over the corresponding period of 2004.  17% entered through the port at Sandy Ground and 2% of overall excursionists entered via the Airport.

The U.S.A. was the country from where most excursionists originated (11,332).  Italy recorded the largest increase in excursionist arrivals of 78% for this period compared to 2004.  Arrivals from Canada, the U.K., Germany and Other European Countries were up 106%, 46%, 20% and 33% respectively in relation to the same period in 2004.

Day-tripper numbers during the second quarter increased by 19% coming off a 39% increase during the first quarter of 2005.   The month of April recorded the largest increase of 22% and May and June both saw increases of 16%.

16,255 persons or 90.0% of the excursionists passed through the port of Blowing Point, representing an increase of 23.4% over the corresponding period of 2004.  7.0% entered through the port at Sandy Ground and 2.0 % of overall excursionists entered via the Wallblake Airport.

The U.S.A. was the country from where most excursionists originated (8,565).  Canada recorded the largest increase in excursionist arrivals of 57% for this period compared to 2004.  Arrivals from the U.K., the U.S.A., Italy, Other European Countries, the Dutch West Indies and the Caribbean were up 39%, 36%, 14%, 13%, 2% and 6% respectively in relation to the same period in 2004.

Day-tripper, numbers increased slightly by 4% during the third quarter of 2005.   The month of August recorded the largest decline of 16% while, July and September showed increases of 24% and 19% over the corresponding period in 2004.  

The main port of entry recording a decline during the 3rd quarter in excursionists was Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground. The data indicates that 503 persons entered through Sandy Ground during this period compared to 1,784 in 2004.  This point of immigration includes not only day-trippers visiting Sandy Ground but also those
who visit Shoal and Crocus Bays and the outlying islands. 

In contrast excursionist arrivals through Blowing Point for this period were 16,832, a 12% rise over 2004. 

Countries from whence increases in arrivals occurred were Germany by 50%, the U.K by 22%, Other European countries by 9% and the U.S.A by 7%.  Arrivals from Italy experienced a decline of 19%. 

This type of visitor contributed most to the increase of visitor arrivals for the 4th quarter 2005, accounting for 57% of the overall visitors to the island.   Day-tripper numbers increased by 21% for the quarter, with the month of December recording the largest increase of 28% followed by November with 24% and October with 12% over the corresponding period of 2004.  19,799 included Anguilla as a one day destination stop during their vacation over the period October to December 2005.
Text Box: As is expected, Blowing Point had the largest number in arrivals for this type of visitor.  14,651 excursionists passed through this port.  23.5% entered through Sandy Ground and 2.4% of overall excursionists entered via the airport.

The U.S.A. was the country from where most excursionists originated and recorded the largest percentage increase in excursionist arrivals of 38% for this period compared to 2004.  All other markets also recorded increases in arrivals during this period, except Germany and the Caribbean.  These two markets recorded declines of 44% and 3% respectively from the same period in 2004.  


Cruise Passengers

18 small sized cruise vessels visited Anguilla between January and March 2005 with an overall passenger total of 3,455 persons. Each vessel carried on average a total of 192 passengers.  This compares to the 4,040 passengers who arrived on 24 vessels for the same period last year, with each carrying an average of 168 passengers.

During the period October to December 2005, 6 mid-sized cruise vessels made a call to Anguilla.  There was an overall passenger total of 1,764 with each vessel carrying on average a total of 294 passengers.  This compares to the 4 vessels that made calls to Anguilla during the same period last year with an overall passenger total of 819.












This report along with other Tourism Data, are available at the Government of Anguilla’s website: http://gov.ai/statistics/tourism.htm