Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014

12% more stay over visitors registered in October 2014

Year to Date stay over arrivals increased by 1%

curacao-willemstadWILLEMSTAD - The overall stay over arrivals in the first ten months of 2014 recorded a slight increase of 1% growth in visitor arrivals. All together, 366.150 stay over visitors were welcomed during the first ten months of 2014. In 2013, Curaçao registered 362.002 stay over visitors. The European region registered 6% more visitors during this period for a total of 153.464 Europeans in the first ten months of 2014 compared to 145.435 visitors last year. From The Netherlands a 5% growth is registered, or in absolute numbers 116.329 stay over arrivals.

The South American region registered 3% increase during the first ten months of 2014. The region’s share in total arrivals is 30.3%. The main producing country, Venezuela, is recording year to date of 6% growth in visitor arrivals. The North American and the Caribbean region decreased
respectively by 13% and 14%. At this point both regions are still struggling with air service issues. We expect to see an improvement in accessibility in 2015.

In total visitors stayed 3.227.954 nights in Curaçao compared to 3.056.298 nights in the first ten months of 2013, with year-on-year growth reaching 6%. The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards in the first ten months of 2014 shows that 67.6% (247.465
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 31.0%, 14.2%, 15.2%, 6.3% and 0.9%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 118.687. This is 32.4% of the overall arrivals.

Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that for the first ten months of 2014 the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $339.6 million US dollars into the local economy. Last year the same period generated a total of $329.9 million US dollars. European stay over visitors, who visited Curaçao in greater numbers during the first ten months of 2014, spent a total $155.5 million US dollars, about 46.2% of the total. They were followed by the South Americans who spent $94.9 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent $56.3 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $18.5 million US dollars in 2014.

Preliminary figures October 2014

October 2014 recorded so far this year the best growth in stay over arrivals. The preliminary visitor statistics collected by the CTB show that 12% more visitors arrived in October. A total of 41.414 stay over visitors are registered, compared to the total of 37.033 stay over visitors recorded in 2013. The geographic spread is showing us that this month the share for the South American region larger than the European region. A slightly bigger share for South America with 0.5% above Europe, respectively 39.9% and 38.4%.

In absolute numbers the South American region registered 16.117 stay over arrivals in October 2014, signifying a percentage growth of 26.77% or 3.403 additional visitors. Venezuela registered growing numbers with 12.294 stay over arrivals. Last year Curaçao welcomed 9.132 visitors from
Venezuela. This year’s performance is good for a 35% growth. Colombia and Suriname registered respectively a 57% and 6% increase in visitor arrivals.

The European region continues to grow. The region provided a total of 15.898 stay over arrivals compared to the 15.608 recorded in October 2013 thereby registering a 1.86% increase. The main producing country, the Netherlands increased by 6% to a total of 11.908 in October 2014. Germany’s performance in October recorded a 7% decrease in stay over arrivals. The reason we have less visitors from Germany is because there was less interest to travel to the Caribbean in October. The late summer weather in Germany was good and therefore there was less interest to travel to the Caribbean. A total of 1.912 visitors from Germany were counted in the CTB/Immigration database.

From the North American continent 3.745 stay over visitors were welcomed. The number of stay over arrivals from this region decreased by 10.21%. Although we now have the same seat capacity from North America the challenge remains to convert the negative performance into positive figures. The arrivals from the United States of America decreased by 13%. On a positive note CTB states 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 looking forward in the future.

Stay over visitor arrivals from the Caribbean region decreased by 14.39%. A total of 2.868 visitors from our neighbor islands were registered. From Aruba a decrease of 5% is registered. In absolute numbers 1.687 visitor arrivals have been recorded from Aruba.

The visitor nights recorded a 10% growth in October 2014. A total of 338.342 visitor nights are registered, 31.983 more visitor nights than last year. South America increased strongly by 47%. The main producing country in this region, Venezuela increased with no less than 70% growth in visitor nights. In absolute numbers 109.845 visitors’ nights is registered from Venezuela in October 2014. The European region also registered more visitor nights, a slight increase of 1%. North America and the Caribbean region registered less visitor nights. Respectively 14% and 26% less visitor nights.

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