Caribbean and Central America

Small destinations perform well

Central American destinations topped the five-year ranking table.
Central American destinations topped the five-year ranking table.

The Caribbean and Central America generally made a solid comeback last year after devastating hurricanes ripped holes in the tourism figures of some destinations in 2018.

The Caribbean welcomed 5% more international visitors last year and Central America had a 2% increase, according to the World Tourism Organization. Winners on the German market last year were mostly smaller destinations such as Costa Rica, Panama, and Puerto Rico.

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But several big destinations saw heavy downturns once again, the fvw Destination Ranking 2020 showed. The Dominican Republic saw German visitor numbers slump by over 17% following an 18% fall the previous year while Cuba had a 16% drop in German tourists after a 14% decline in 2018. Both these destinations were particularly impacted by the insolvency of Thomas Cook, which had brought them substantial numbers of German holidaymakers.

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Jamaica suffered a 29% fall after two years of strong growth while Mexico saw a slight drop following two years of double-digit growth.