Year to date: Stay over arrivals, visitor nights, economic impact and accommodation information
WILLEMSTAD – In the first half of the year the number of stay over arrivals visiting Curaçao grew by 8% from 210.000 to 227.519. An additional 17.519 stay over arrivals was registered with growth coming from all regions targeted for the island’s marketing and promotion. The North American and European region grew respectively by 25%, 13% and 5% from the North American region, CTB registered a total of 44.384 visitors. The South American region counted 61.437 visitors, while in Europe the total number of visitors in the first six months is registered at 97.020 visitors. The Caribbean was attributable with 15.699 visitors during the first six months of 2015; 1% less than last year.
In terms of visitors nights CTB reports a 3% growth during the half of the year. The preliminary statistics show a total of 1.941.092 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 1.886.981 visitor nights. The North American region recorded a 21% growth. Visitors from this region spent all together 309.874 nights. From South American region an 8% growth in visitor nights is registered, a total of 440.293 visitor nights. The visitor nights from Europe increased recording 3% more visitor nights. In absolute numbers the region’s share in visitor nights is 54.7% of the total nights spent in the first six months of 2015. A total of 1.061.664 nights are counted for by this region. The Caribbean region registered a decrease in visitor nights. 95.396 visitor nights was registered, 8% less than first six months of 2014.
Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that during the first six months of 2015 the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating 218.9 million US dollars into the local economy. There has been an increase in spending where last year the first six months of 2014 generated a total of 196.5 million US dollars for the tourism sector. European visitors are responsible for 45.8% of the total expenditure on island. Altogether Europeans spent a total 100.2 million US dollars. They were followed by the South Americans who spent 53.4 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent 48.3 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of 11 million 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 67.3% (153.120 visitors). The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouse is respectively 30.6%, 12.9%, 16.1%, 6.8% and 0.9%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 32.7% (74.399 visitors). During the first six months of 2015, 63.3% of the North Americans stayed in large hotels, while 37.3% of the South Americans stayed atcategory non-registered accommodation. As for the Europeans the majority chose the bungalow resorts (29.8%) as their primary choice of accommodation.
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