1% more stay over arrivals in July 2016
WILLEMSTAD -The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) reports an additional 3,728 visitors until July 2016. Altogether a total of 261,455 visitors were registered from January through July against 257,727 in the same period last year.The first seven months of the year 2016 is showing a 1% growth in stay-over arrivals. This growth is mainly attributable to the performance of the European and Caribbean regions in the period from January through July of this year. The European market delivered the largest relative growth at 5% and the Caribbean region did well at 2%. The South American region decreased recording 7% fewer visitors. From the North American region a slight 1% decrease is recorded.
CTB and MEO utilize the ‘Turistika Model’ to calculate the economic impact generated from the tourism industry. During the first seven months of 2016, a direct impact of $ 294.3 million US dollars is generated for the local economy. 51% of the total direct impact is generated from European visitors who are responsible for $ 149.5 million. The North American, South American, and other regions generated respectively $ 66.1, $ 60.2 and $ 18.5 million US dollars.