Clarinda: “May and June were tough months for tourism sector”
WILLEMSTAD – During a press conference from the Ministry of Economic Development, the Interim Director of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) Hugo Clarinda stated that the months of May and June were tough for the tourism sector. The conference was in collaboration with the CTB and the Curaçao Hotel and Tourism Association (CHATA).
In the second quarter of 2016, there was 2.8 percent fewer tourists than in the second quarter of last year.
Clarinda said that although the figures are not official yet, one can expect an increase in tourism figures for July. According to the interim director these trends were seen in the entire Caribbean region. “May and June are generally weak months. But we can already see that July has been a better month and we expect the figures for the rest of the year are also positive,” said Clarinda. While May and June were difficult months, total visitor arrivals in the first half of 2016 were more than last year. Last year in the first half of the year 221,359 tourists arrived, this year there were 224,731.
According to Clarinda, there are several reasons why the tourism figures are lower in the various regions. “We all know how the situation in Venezuela, even though the percentage of tourists from Colombia and Brazil have increased, the percentage of tourists from Venezuela was much lower, the overall picture was so affected,” said Clarinda. The region has also has seen a drop in tourism numbers from North America. American Airlines flew a smaller plane to Curacao, so there was less space on the flights.
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