The Cayman Islands observes growing tourist arrivals during the first four months of 2015. According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism reports, air arrivals into the country totalled 151,657 travellers in the first four months of 2015, a 4.4% increase over the 145,270 passengers who arrived during the same period in 2014.

The Cayman Islands’ cruise ship passenger arrivals between January and April of this year were also higher, totalling 719,298, a 6.14% increase over the 677,663 cruise arrivals recorded during the same period last year.

In 2014, Cayman Islands tourist arrivals surged even as the nation struggled with frequent overcrowding at outdated Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) and the absence of a modern cruise ship terminal. According to Department of Tourism officials, the Cayman Islands hosted 382,816 air arrivals in 2014, a 10.8% increase over 2013 and the country’s highest figure since 2000.

“I am very pleased to see the continued successes of our destination maintaining a competitive level of growth that will undoubtedly set us on the right path to end the year positively,” said Rosa Harris, the Cayman Islands’ Director of Tourism.

Moses Kirkconnell, the Cayman Islands’ Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism stated, “The ongoing mission of the Cayman Islands is to keep the destination at the forefront of the mind of today’s savvy traveller, which requires a constant evaluation and review from a strategic level.”

Cayman Islands government recently unveiled issued concept designs for a USD 55 million renovation of ORIA. To provide design and construction services, the government selected Florida based RS&H Group, following a competitive bidding process.