Published On: Tue, Dec 23rd, 2014

Year to Date stay over arrivals increased by 2%

curacao-willemstadNorth American region bounced back in November recording 12% more visitors

Year to Date Figures: January through November 2014

The overall stay over arrivals in the first eleven months of 2014 recorded an increase of 2%. All together, 408.319 stay over visitors were welcomed during the first eleven months of 2014 representing a positive difference of 7.738 visitors. The European region registered 5% more visitors for a total of 168.891 Europeans compared to 160.565 visitors last year. From The Netherlands a 5% growth is registered, or in absolute numbers 127.712 stay over arrivals. The South American region registered a 4% increase with the main producing country, Venezuela, recording a 7% growth in visitor arrivals. The North American and the Caribbean region decreased respectively by 11% and 14%. Although we saw a decrease from the North American region, Canada registered a first time milestone of 10.000 plus stay over visitors during a calendar year.

In total, visitors stayed 3.578.338 nights in Curaçao compared to 3.379.523 nights in the first eleven months of 2013, with year-on-year growth reaching 6%. The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards shows that 67.5% (275.776 visitors) of the stay over visitors stayed at one of our registered accommodations. The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouse is respectively 30.7%, 14.4%, 14.9%, 6.5% and 1.0%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 132.543. This is 32.5% of the overall arrivals.

Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that for the first eleven months of 2014 the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $378.5 million US dollars into the local economy. Last year the same period generated a total of $365.0 million US dollars. European stay  over visitors, who visited Curaçao in greater numbers during the first eleven months of 2014, spent a total $171.2 million US dollars, about 46.2% of the total. They were followed by the South Americans who spent $108.9 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent $61.9 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $20.4 million US dollars in 2014.

Preliminary figures November 2014

The preliminary visitor statistics collected by the CTB from the Immigration database shows an increase of 9% in stay over visitors in November. A total of 42.139 stay over visitors are registered, compared to the total of 38.579 stay over visitors recorded in 2013. The geographic spread is showing us for the second consecutive month that the share of the South American region is larger than from the European region. This means a slightly bigger share for South versus Europe, respectively 37.8% and 36.6%.

Another positive note is related to the North American continent. The continent bounced back recording 12.26% growth in November when a total of 5.209 stays over visitors were welcomed. Both countries within the continent registered positive figures. A strong 82% increase from Canada and a slight 1% growth from the United States. The United States of America is recovering after months of struggling with seat capacity and high ticket prices. The strong growth from Canada is the major effect of the new Air Canada service that started early in November from Toronto. Looking forward CTB acknowledges that the new route from New York with Jet Blue in December and Montreal with Air Canada starting in January 2015 will affect the arrivals from North America in a positive way in the future.

In absolute numbers the South American region had a good performance with 15.920 stay over arrivals in November 2014, signifying a percentage growth of 13.68% or 1.916 additional visitors. Venezuela registered growing numbers with 12.427 stay over arrivals. Last year Curaçao welcomed 10.749 visitors from Venezuela. This year’s performance is good for a 16% growth. Brazil and Colombia registered respectively a 27% and 34% increase in visitor arrivals.

The European region continues to grow. The region provided a total of 15.408 stay over arrivals compared to the 15.130 recorded in November 2013 thereby registering a 1.84% increase. The main producing country, the Netherlands increased by 6% to a total of 11.372 in November 2014.
Germany’s performance in November recorded a 4% decrease in stay over arrivals. A total of 1.891 visitors from Germany were counted in the CTB/Immigration database.

Stay over visitor arrivals from the Caribbean region decreased by 19.02%. A total of 2.806 visitors from our neighbor islands were registered. From Aruba a decrease of 15% is registered. In absolute numbers 1.497 visitor arrivals have been recorded from Aruba.

The visitor nights recorded an 8% growth in November 2014. A total of 350.181 visitor nights are registered, 27.046 more visitor nights than last year. South America increased by 29%. The main producing country in this region, Venezuela increased with no less than 35% growth in visitor nights. In absolute numbers 108.993 visitors’ nights is registered from Venezuela in November 2014. The North American region registered 10% more visitor nights. From Europe a flat 0% is registered; in absolute numbers 157.624 visitor nights. The Netherlands recorded 4% growth in visitor nights; in absolute numbers 118.680 nights.

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