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Dec 5, 2022

C.E.O. Solano: Tourism Arrivals are 85% of 2019 Figures  

The year is winding down, but the high season for the tourism sector is in full swing. Earlier today, News Five caught up with Nicole Solano, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, and we asked for an update on the tourism figures for 2022. As we all know, travel restrictions were lifted earlier this year and there has been a rebound of the industry. And the good news, according to C.E.O. Solano, is that the industry is no longer in recovery, and so far, tourism arrivals are at eighty-five percent of the 2019 figures. 


Nicole Solano

Nicole Solano, C.E.O., Ministry of Tourism

“We are very excited to report that we have in 2022 approximately eighty-five percent recovery versus 2019 so far. We expect that 2023 will be an even better year. We see travel returning and we see the rebound. So for us, we are no longer necessarily in that tourism recovery mode; we feel like we are at the point where we have rebounded. But we have to look at where we are going now in the next five to ten-year period. How are we going to elevate tourism? How are we going to look at what it is that’s needed so that we can take our service to the next level because our tourism service, the hospitality is really why people come – they want service excellence? So how can we prepare our tourism service providers to take the level to the next.”


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