CTB: “Visitor nights, accommodation and economic impact”
WILLEMSTAD - The first two months of the year 2016 are showing a slight 1% growth in stay over arrivals. This growth is mainly attributable to the European, North American and Caribbean region. These grew respectively 11%, 9% and 5%. The South American region decreased recording 21% less visitors in the first two months of the year 2016. In terms of visitor nights CTB reports 9% decrease during the first two months of 2016. The preliminary statistics show a total of 671.316 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 737.041 visitor nights. The North American region recorded a 3% growth. Visitors from this region spent all together 122.549 nights. The visitor nights from Europe increased recording 1% more visitor nights. In absolute numbers 404.967 nights are recorded. The South American and Caribbean region registered a decrease in visitor nights of respectively 39% and 8%.
The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards shows that 64% (53.287 visitors) of the stay over visitors stayed at one of the registered accommodations in Curaçao. The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows and apartments is respectively 28%, 12%, 18%and 7%. The number of visitors that stayed at a nonregistered accommodation is 29.514. This is 36% of the overall arrivals.
Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that year to date the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $82.7 million US dollars into the local economy. Last year the tourism sector generated a total of $79.6 million US dollars. The table below shows how the overview by region for the first two months of the year 2016 is compared to the same period of 2015.
Easter break and March 2016 preview
The CTB reports a preliminary increase of 9% in stay over arrivals during the 2016 Easter break. Comparing the same arrival dates of this year’s Easter to last year, the CTB can already see at least 978 additional visitors during this period. The timeframe calculated is a total of 8 days starting on the Monday before the holidays and ending on Easter Monday. Last year we welcomed 11.020 stay over visitors during this period, while this year we welcomed 11.998 stay over visitors. The processing of Embarkation cards is what will determine the origin of the visitors.
The preliminary arrivals are clearly showing that the South American market Venezuela is bouncing back to positive performance in March 2016. It is certain that a double digit growth will be registered in overall stay over arrivals for March 2016.