Barbados reports decline in tourism
In January, there were 39,915 overnight visitors to the Caribbean island,
with 45,499 during the first month of 2001, according to state statistics released
The number of passengers on cruises leaving from Barbados in January remained
almost the same at 80,516, compared with 80,976 for the month last year.
The number of visitors from Britain -- the main tourist market for the
British colony -- dropped 11 percent.
The greatest decrease came from German tourists, with 23 percent fewer
holidays in Barbados. There were 13 percent fewer Canadians, and 3 percent fewer
tourists from the United States.
The island's tourism officials did not explain the decrease and were unavailable
Many Caribbean islands have seen a decline in tourism due to the slowing
economies and fear of traveling following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the
Copyright 2002 The Associated Press.