Published On: Wed, Aug 26th, 2015

Year to date: Stay over arrivals, visitor nights, economic impact and accommodation information

WILLEMSTAD - In the first seven months of the year the number of stay over arrivals visiting Curaçao grew by 7% from 246.849 to 264.505. An additional 17.656 stay over arrivals was registered with growth coming from all regions targeted for the island’s marketing and promotion. The North American, South American, European and Caribbean region grew respectively by 25%, 7%, 6% and 1%. From the North American region, CTB registered a total of 49.953 visitors.

The South American region counted 70.363 visitors, while in Europe the total number of visitors in the first seven months is registered at 114.119 visitors. The Caribbean region was attributable with 19.347 visitors during the first seven months of 2015.

In terms of visitor nights CTB reports 2% growth from January through July 2015. The preliminary statistics show a total of 2.277.074 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 2.231.761 visitor nights. The North American region recorded a 21% growth. Visitors from this region spent all together 347.467 nights in Curaçao. From the South American region a 1% growth in visitor nights is registered, a total of 501.235 visitor nights. The visitor nights from Europe increased recording 5% more visitor nights. In absolute numbers the region’s share in visitor nights is 56% of the total nights spent in the first seven months of 2015. A total of 1.275.500 nights are accounted for by this region. The Caribbean region registered a decrease in visitor nights. 115.686 visitor nights was registered, 9% less than the first seven months of 2014.

Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that during the first seven months of 2015 the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $254 million US dollars into the local economy. There has been an increase in direct spending where last year the first seven months of 2014 visitors generated a total of $230.3 million US dollars into the economy. European visitors are responsible for 46.4% of the total expenditure on island. Altogether Europeans spent a total $117.8 million US dollars. They were followed by the South Americans who spent $60.9 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent $54.2 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $13.7million US dollars in 2015.

As stated previously, the ‘Turistika Model’ shows a total direct spending from January through July 2015 of $254 million US dollars. This direct spending transpired mainly in the accommodation, food & beverage, shopping activities, transportation sectors and direct taxes. The share from the total spending is respectively 36.6%, 24.3%, 22.2%, 9.4% and 7.6%.

As derived from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards the number of stay over visitors staying in Large Hotels (150 rooms or more), Small Hotels (less than 150 rooms), Bungalows, Apartments and Guesthouses are 68.4% (180.942 visitors). The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouse is respectively 31.2%, 13%, 16.5%, 6.8% and 1.0%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 31.6% (83.569 visitors). The table below shows that during the first seven months of 2015, 63.7% of the North Americans stayed in Large Hotels, while 37.6% of the South Americans stayed at category non-registered accommodation. As for the Europeans the majority chose the Bungalow resorts (30.2%) as their primary choice of accommodation. 

Large Hotels

Small Hotels

Bungalows

Apartments

Guesthouse

Non-registered

Total

North America

63.7%

8.1%

9.4%

3.6%

0.3%

14.9%

100.0%

South America

29.2%

17.6%

5.2%

9.3%

1.1%

37.6%

100.0%

Caribbean

30.5%

22.1%

3.1%

2.5%

4.7%

37.0%

100.0%

Europe

20.6%

11.6%

30.2%

8.0%

0.6%

29.0%

100.0%

Others

6.7%

3.4%

1.2%

1.0%

0.2%

87.5%

100.0%

Total

31.2%

13.0%

16.5%

6.8%

1.0%

31.6%

100.0%

Source: CTB Immigration Embarkation Cards; January through July 2015 Accommodation Distribution by Region 

Overall Visitor Arrival Performance July 2015

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