3% more stayover arrivals in first ten months
WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) reports a preliminary growth of 3% during the first ten months of 2016, when leaving aside the negative impact from Venezuela on the year to date arrivals. Traffic from the neighbor country Venezuela showed a slowdown this year causing a negative impact on our overall performance. Venezuelan arrivals are short by 20,697 visitors in the first ten months, resulting in a 28% decrease on the year to date performance.
The total number of stayover arrivals from January through October 2016 reached a total of 367,339; this is a decrease of 3% compared to last year.
The visitor arrivals from Europe grew by 5% to reach a total of 170,732 stayover visitors in the first ten months of 2016. The European region represents 46.5% share of total visitors to Curaçao. The remaining regions; North America and Caribbean recorded a decrease of respectively 3% and 1% in the first ten months of 2016. In absolute numbers we counted respectively 64,100 and 28,288 stayover arrivals year to date.
CTB and MEO utilizes the ‘Turistika Model’ to calculate the economic impact generated from the tourism industry. During the first ten months of 2016 a direct impact of $ 416 million US dollars is generated for the local economy. 51.9% of the total direct impact is generated from European visitors who are responsible for $ 215.7 million US dollars. The North American, South American and other regions generated respectively $ 84.7, $ 87.4 and $ 28.2 million US dollars.