CTB publishes tourism indicators for January 2016
WILLEMSTAD - Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) reports a 13% decrease in terms of visitor nights. The preliminary statistics show a total of 351.978 nights in January. Last year, January recorded 403.723 visitor nights. The North American region is the only region recording a positive growth in visitor nights. A total of 64.007 nights are registered showing a slightly 2% growth from North America. From the South American region a 43% decrease in visitor nights is registered. The visitor nights from Europe registered a slightly 2% decrease, in absolute numbers 215.132 nights were spent on the island.
The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards shows that 64% (26.568 visitors) of the stay over visitors stayed at one of the registered accommodations in Curaçao. The share of arrivals among large hotels, bungalows, small hotels and apartments is respectively 27%, 18%, 12%and 7%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 15.128. This is 36% of the overall arrivals.
The majority (37%) of the stay over arrivals that were welcomed in January are between 25 to 44 years old. The next age range is between 45 to 64 years old and counts a total of 15.209 visitors. The other groups are 0 to 14 years old, 15 to 24 years old and 65 plus. They registered respectively 2.545, 2.871 and 5.475 visitors.
Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that for the January 2016 the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $41.1 million US dollars into the local economy. In January 2015 the tourism sector generated a total of $40.1 million US dollars. European stay over visitors, who visited Curaçao in greater numbers during January 2016, spent a total $20.1 million US dollars, about 48.9% of the total. They were followed by the North Americans who spent $9.3 million US dollars and the South Americans who spent $8.5 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $1.5 million US dollars in 2016.