Data for January 2002, the peak of the 2001/02 tourism season, shows a
decline of 10.7% in visitor arrivals, compared to January last year.
However, they were 16.7 % higher than in 2000.
Arrivals for this month were 7,364 compared to 8,249 in 2001 and 6308
in 2000. The major source of this decline was from Tourist arrivals
rather than Excursionist arrivals.
January 2002 Tourist arrivals were 3,857 compared to 4,504 for the same
period 2001, resulting in a 14.4% decline.
The downward spiral in arrivals since the 4th quarter 2001
can be attributed to the terrorist events that took place in the United States
of America on September 11, and the economic downturn that they are
experiencing, which in one way or another is affecting the rest of the world.
Excursionist (Day Visitors) arrivals also saw a decline of 6.4%.
Arrivals from this particular category of visitors recorded declines
for most of 2001. For January
2002, excursionist arrivals were 3,507 compared to 3,745 for the same period
Excursionist arrivals through the port of Blowing Point for January 2002
saw a larger decline of 7.7 % than other ports when compared to January 2001.
Arrivals through Blowing Point were 3,390 for January this year
compared to 3,671 last year whilst arrivals through the airport were 117 for
the same period this year compared to 74 last year resulting in an increase of
The United States of America is still the major source of tourist
arrivals to Anguilla, accounting for 72.8% of the market share for January
2002. Arrivals from this country were down 5.2% in January 2002 compared with
the same period in 2001. The
Caribbean (including the French and Dutch Territories) represented 12% of the
market share and arrivals from this region were up by 24% for January 2002,
while arrivals from Canada accounted for 3%.
The United Kingdom, Italy and Germany represented market shares of 5%,
2% and 1% respectively and Other Europe 2%.
Italy and Germany had the largest declines of 80% and 91% in tourist
arrivals for January 2002. The
decline in the Italian market can be attributed to the closure of the
for the 2001/02 tourist season.
Out of the 3,857 tourists that came to Anguilla for the month of
January 2002, 2,840 visited for a period of 4-15 days, 575 stayed for 1-3 days
and 442 stayed for 16-23+ days.
1 The main resort that caters to Italian tourists.
** Visitor arrivals data for the Port of Sandy Ground is not included for the month of November 2000/2001.