Year to Date: Stay over Arrivals, Visitor Nights, Economic Impact and Accommodation information
WILLEMSTAD - In the first five months of 2015 the number of stay over arrivals visiting Curaçao grew by 10% from 176.911 to 194.987. An additional 18.076 stay over arrivals was registered with growth coming from all regions targeted for the island’s marketing and promotion. The North American, South American and European and Caribbean region grew respectively by 26%, 25% and 5% and 0%. From the North American region, CTB registered a total of 38.739 visitors. The South American region counted 53.925 visitors, while in Europe the total number of visitors in the first five months is registered at 84.049 visitors. From the Caribbean islands the CTB counted 13.002 visitors during the first five months of 2015.
In terms of visitor nights CTB reports a 5% growth during the first five months of 2015. The preliminary statistics show a total of 1.674.830 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 1.595.473 visitor nights. The North American region recorded a 21% growth. Visitors from this region spent all together 271.360 nights. From the South American region a 22% growth in visitor nights is registered, a total of 389.937 visitor nights. The visitor nights from Europe increased recording 2% more visitor nights. In absolute numbers the region’s share in visitor nights is 54.2% of the total nights spent in the first five months of 2015. A total of 907.484 nights is accounted for by this region. The Caribbean region registered a decrease in visitor nights. 80.279 visitor nights was registered, 8% less than the first five months of 2014.
Overall, visitors visiting Curaçao in the first five months of 2015 stayed 8.59 nights on average. European visitors stayed on the island 10.80 nights, followed by South American visitors with 7.23 nights, while North American and Caribbean visitors stayed on average 7 and 6.17 nights. In 2014 the overall length of stay was 9.02 nights. The European visitors stayed during the first five months 11.11 nights. The South American visitors7.4 nights, while the North American and Caribbean visitors stayed on average 7.28 and 6.74 nights during the first five months of 2014.
Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that during the first five months of 2015the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $188.6 million US dollars into the local economy. There has been an increase in spending where last year the first five months of 2014 generated a total of $166.1 million US dollars for the tourism sector. European visitors are responsible for 46.1% of the total expenditure on island. Altogether Europeans spent a total $86.9 million US dollars. They were followed by the South Americans who spent $46.9 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent $42.1 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $9.1million US dollars in 2015.
As indicated from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards the number of stay over visitors staying in Large Hotels, Small Hotels, Bungalows, Apartments and Guesthouses are 69.0% (134.608 visitors). The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouse is respectively 31.1%, 13.6%, 16.1%, 7.3% and 0.9%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 31% (60.492 visitors). During the first five months of 2015, 62.5% of the North Americans stayed in Large Hotels, while 28.1% of the South Americans stayed at the same hotel category. As for the Europeans the majority chose the Bungalow resorts (29.3%) as their primary choice of accommodation.