Published On: Mon, Mar 16th, 2015

Visitor Nights, Accommodation and Economic Impact

WILLEMSTAD - In terms of visitor nights CTB reports 7% growth during the first two months of 2015. The preliminary statistics show a total of 744.759 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 694.624 visitor nights. The North American region recorded a 19% growth. Visitors from this region spent all together 118.938 nights. From the South American region a 37% growth in visitor nights is registered, a total of 185.551 visitor nights. The visitor nights from Europe increased recording slightly 1% more visitor nights. In absolute numbers 403.071 nights. The Caribbean region registered a decrease in visitor nights. A total of 28.676 visitor nights was registered, 13% less than the first two months of 2014.

The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards shows that 70.0% (58.129 visitors) of the stay over visitors stayed at one of the registered accommodations in Curaçao. The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouse is respectively 31.6%, 14.1%, 15.5%, 7.8% and 0.9%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 24.887. This is 30.0% of the overall arrivals.

Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that for the February 2015 the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $80.0 million US dollars into the local economy. In February 2014 the tourism sector generated a total of $69.2 million US dollars. European stay over visitors, who visited Curaçao in greater numbers during February 2015, spent a total $35.9 million US dollars, about 44.9% of the total. They were followed by the South Americans who spent $21.4 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent $17.2 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $3.1 million US dollars in 2014.

Did you know?

Fifty one percent of the stay over visitors who visited Curaçao during the first two months of 2015 is female. The age group that represents most of the stay over arrivals during the first two months of 2015 is between 25 to 44 years old. Next in line are those between 45 to 64 years old. We can safely conclude that Curaçao is mostly visited by couples without children or with children old enough to stay at home which is also the island’s main target groups.

Click here for the Overall Visitor Arrival Performance February 2015

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