Total direct impact of 285.7 million US dollars in the first eight months
Year to date increase of 4% in stay over arrivals
WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) reports 2% decrease in visitor arrivals in August 2015. The total number of stay over arrivals is registered at 39.885 visitors. Last year the visitor arrivals were counted at 40.556 visitors. The fall in arrivals from South America (Venezuela) and the shift of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz event date compared to last year is clearly reflected in the August 2015 arrivals. Last year, the biggest event on the island was held in August which had a positive impact on the August 2014 arrivals. This year, the event dates were in September, therefore the effect of the festival overseas attendees will be reflected in the September 2015 arrivals.
Visitor arrivals from the European region showed a good performance with 10.39% more visitors in August 2015. The region provided a total of 16.900 stay over arrivals compared to the 15.309 recorded in August 2014. The main producing country, The Netherlands recorded a 7% increase with 12.585 in August 2015 compared to 11.720 in 2014. Traffic from Germany resulted this month in 44% more visitors. A total of 2.085 visitors were registered. Last year we received 1.449 German visitors. There were 463 Belgian visitors representing a 7% increase compared to last year’s performance.
The North American region was up by 10.61% in August 2015. From 5.164 stay over visitors last year to 5.712 stay over visitors in August 2015. A 3% increase is registered from the United States, which represents in absolute figures 4.995 stay over arrivals. We are seeing the traditional slow down in traffic from the New York region during the summer months. The combined public and private sector commitment in marketing efforts for the remainder of the year will continue to book a positive outcome from the USA. The CTB is committed to achieving strong and solid year-round growth out of this market that will lead to the targeted increase in airlift.
The year-round service from Toronto with Air Canada rouge continues recording exponential growth. A total of 717 Canadians are registered in August. This is a 127% increase in visitor arrivals from Canada.
The South American market marked a 15.72% decrease in August 2015, with a total of 12.017 stay over arrivals compared to 14.484 in 2014. As a result of the Venezuelan government regulations, travel demand from our neighbor country has slowed and can be clearly seen in the number of visitor arrivals. August 2015 was no exception; a decrease of 16% is registered. Some 8.109 visitors were counted this year, compared to the 9.706 stay over arrivals last year. Through close monitoring of the situation in Venezuela over the past months, the CTB had already expected a downturn in arrivals and prepared to step up marketing efforts in Colombia. Traffic from Colombia grew by 1% in August, a total of 1.294 visitors were counted. This slight 1% increase can be attributed to the above mentioned shift in dates of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. Still, a possible negative effect on the Colombia arrival figures was offset by the recent elimination of the visa requirement. From Suriname and Aruba, we registered respectively 14% and 48% decrease in visitor arrivals. Both countries are the top two overseas attendees who visit Curaçao every year for the Jazz festival.