As of December 31, 2015
The Turks and Caicos Islands welcomed and hosted some 1,315,268 million tourists to its shores in 2015. Backed by an 8.1 percent increase in stay-over arrivals, the destination continues to reach new heights with noted growth in stay-over arrivals recorded for each month of the year, and within the majority of its major source markets. Further assessment of the 1.3 million visitors in 2015 shows 385,531 visitors were stop-over guest arriving primarily at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) and 929,737 visitors came via cruise.
Moving towards the inclusion of arrivals at the destination fixed based operations (FBOs) to the overall stop-over arrivals, the Turks and Caicos Islands recorded 8,206 tourist arrivals via private aircraft in 2015. An outstanding 3,253 tourists arrived to the destination via private aircraft in the first quarter alone. Stop-over arrivals via private aircraft however were excluded from the overall statistical information for both years as the recordings lacked demographical details. *Once the demographical details are received, this data will be added to the overall stop-over arrivals for 2015 and used in comparisons for 2016.
The Turks and Caicos Islands saw an increase in stop-over arrivals for each month of the year ranging from a growth rate of 23.2 percent in January to 0.7 percent in March of 2015. The first and fourth quarters of 2015 posted the greatest growth in stop-over arrivals for the Turks and Caicos Islands – with increases of 9.9 percent and 9.7 percent respectively when compared to the same periods in 2014. The first quarter accounted for 115,979 stop-over arrivals. Of significance, the month of January experienced growth of 23.3 percent, the most of any month, whilst the month of March welcomed 41,690 stop-over arrivals, the most arrivals of any month in 2015.