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St Lucia Sees Rise in US Tourists

St Lucia was battered by a powerful storm over Christmas, which left serious damage in its wake along with several casualties. The tourist industry is back in business, however, and Caribbean luxury hotels are welcoming visitors again. And there was some good news to come out of the country recently with the revelation that the amount of visitors from the United States actually increased during 2013. 

Increase in Visitors Numbers 

The United States is the biggest market for tourists visiting St Lucia, and numbers are on the rise. The government announced that the first 11 months of 2013 saw an increase of 12 percent in the number of tourists arriving from the United States to stay in the excellent Caribbean luxury hotels on the island. The increase brought the total to 116,982 visitors. 

The biggest increase was seen in the month of November, which is when the tourist season properly begins. The amount of US tourists visiting St Lucia went up 19 percent from 2012, to a total of 9,732 people. 

In even better news, tourist arrivals from other regions are up as well. Tourists from the Caribbean make up a large proportion of visitors to St Lucia, and their numbers were up 7 percent compared to 2012. 

The country is traditionally a very popular tourist destination, welcoming people to its Caribbean luxury hotels throughout the year and especially in the peak season. Tourism officials insist it's hardly a surprise: St Lucia boasts absolutely stunning beaches, tropical scenery, a wonderful climate and world-class attractions. 

Things to do here include natural attractions like the Pitons, including the Gros Piton and the Petit Piton, as well as the Sulphur Springs volcano – the world's only "drive through" volcano. Popular activities also include scuba diving, snorkelling, water sports, hiking, swimming, and much more. 

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