CHATA: Tourism in 2015
WILLEMSTAD - Tourism is without a doubt an important pillar of the economy and has lasting effects on the community. An economic analysis from the Central Bank revealed restaurants & hotels as one of the main drivers of economic growth in Curaçao during 2015. The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) reports a 3% growth in stay over arrivals in the year 2015. In total 468.442 stay over visitors were welcomed in the course of this year, nearly 14.000 additional overseas visits were registered in 2015. Last year we counted approximately 455.000 arrivals. The year 2015 started very strong in the first quarter of 2015 booking double digit growth with 13% in January and 11% for both February and March 2015. The second quarter of the year experienced a downfall in June of 9% less visitors. The second quarter is also known as Curacao’s tourism low season with May and June as the months when less visitors travel to Curaçao. As for the third quarter, positive growth is measured in September 2015 (6%). This is the effect of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz festival arrivals. The slight decrease of 2% in August 2015 is the effect of the switch in festival days from the previous year. The last quarter of the year which started with slightly decreases in October and November, closed with a spike in arrivals in December 2015. Remarkable is a difference of at least 16.000 visitors between the least and best performed months of 2015.
Hotel occupancy was 71.08% in 2015 compared to 68.91% in 2014. Hotel occupancy in the Caribbean was 69%, this means that Curaçao performed above average last year. RevPAR, or revenue per available room, was $107.28 in 2015 compared to $101.42 in 2014, which means an increase of almost $6. More information: www.chata-data.com.
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