Preview 2013: Caribbean Mexico
Although this year has not been without its bumps in the road, it was a far smoother ride than the 2008-2010 era and the global economic crisis.
Momentum began to build in 2011 and continued in 2012, and the picture looks bright for 2013.
While still fragile, tourism in the Caribbean in 2012 continued the bounceback that gained steam in 2011. Visitor figures topped out at 23.8 million in 2011, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
Although there is nothing shabby about that statistic, it was only 1% above 2010 numbers.