That’s major! Montserrat records highest tourist arrival figures since eruption of volcano

Montserrat’s infamous Soufrière Hills volcano as seen from the water. (Photo: Derek Galon)

Montserrat last year recorded its highest visitor arrivals since the Soufriere Hills Volcano erupted on the British Overseas Territory in 1995.

Figures released by the Montserrat Tourism Division, (MTD), show that visitor arrivals to the island in 2019 stood at 20,956 an increase of 14 per cent over the previous year and “signalling the first time since the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in 1995 that the number has crossed 20,000”.

“We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to surpass the threshold of 20,000 visitors.”

— Montserrat’s Director of Tourism, Warren Solomon

The MTD said a 59 per cent increase in cruise visits was largely responsible for the overall growth and this was complemented by a two per cent increase in stayover arrivals.

It said that visitors from the Caribbean region led the way, accounting for 19 per cent of total stayover visits, followed by the United Kingdom (13.4 per cent) and the United States (12.6 per cent).

“We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to surpass the threshold of 20,000 visitors. It tells us that we’re on the right track with our marketing initiatives and that if we are able to be consistent in our delivery, we could continue the growth trend,” said the Director of Tourism, Warren Solomon.

The figures released by the MTD show that there had also been a one per cent growth in visitor spend, amounting to EC$27 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents).