Published On: Wed, Sep 23rd, 2015

Year to Date: Stay over Arrivals, Visitor Nights, Economic Impact and Accommodation information

WillemstadWILLEMSTAD - In the first eight months of the year the number of stay over arrivals visiting Curaçao grew by 4% from 287.405 to 297.643. An additional 10.238 stay over arrivals was registered with growth coming from the North American, South American and European regions. The regions grew respectively by 20%, 1% and 4%.

The Caribbean region recorded a decrease of 3% during the first eight months. The market share from the main regions is North America (18.2%), South America (27.1%), Caribbean (7.4%), Europe (43.1%) and others (4.1%).

In terms of visitor nights CTB reports a slight 1% decrease from January through August 2015. The preliminary statistics show a total of 2.550.567 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 2.574.540 visitor nights. The North American region recorded a 20% growth. Visitors from this region spent all together 375.129 nights in Curaçao. From the South American region a 6% decrease in visitor nights is registered, a total of 571.428 visitor nights. The visitor nights from Europe increased recording 3% more visitor nights. In absolute numbers the region’s share in visitor nights is 56.2% of the total nights spent in the first eight months of 2015. A total of 1.433.513 nights are accounted for by this region. The Caribbean region registered a decrease in visitor nights. 131.181 visitor nights was registered, 11% less than the first eight months of 2014.

Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that during the first eight months of 2015 the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $285.7 million US dollars into the local economy. There has been an increase in direct spending where last year the first eight months of 2014 visitors generated a total of $267.2 million US dollars into the economy. European visitors are responsible for 46.4% of the total expenditure on island. Altogether Europeans spent a total $132.4 million US dollars. They were followed by the South Americans who spent $69.8 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent $58.9 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $15.9 million US dollars in 2015.

As stated previously, the ‘Turistika Model’ shows a total direct spending from January through August 2015 of $285.7 million US dollars. This direct spending of the overall visitors transpired mainly in the accommodation, food & beverage, shopping activities, transportation sector and direct taxes. The share from the total spending is respectively 36.4%, 24.2%, 22.5%, 9.3% and 7.5%.

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 67.5% (20.788 visitors). The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouses is respectively 30.8%, 12.7%, 16.3%, 6.7% and 0.9%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 32.5% (96.868 visitors). The table below shows that during the first eight months of 2015, 63.5% of the North Americans stayed in Large Hotels, while 39.3% of the South Americans stayed at non-registered accommodation. As for the Europeans the majority chose the Bungalow resorts (29.9%) as their primary choice of accommodation. 

Large Hotels

Small Hotels

Bungalows

Apartments

Guesthouse

Non-registered

Total

North America

63.5%

8.0%

9.4%

3.5%

0.3%

15.4%

100.0%

South America

28.5%

17.0%

5.2%

8.9%

1.1%

39.3%

100.0%

Caribbean

31.8%

20.9%

3.0%

2.3%

3.9%

38.1%

100.0%

Europe

20.7%

11.5%

29.9%

8.0%

0.6%

29.3%

100.0%

Others

6.3%

3.3%

1.1%

1.1%

0.1%

88.1%

100.0%

Total

30.8%

12.7%

16.3%

6.7%

0.9%

32.5%

100.0%

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

Click here for Overall Visitor Arrival Performance August 2015

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