Published On: Fri, Jan 11th, 2013

Eight percent more tourists in 2012

WILLEMSTAD – The island welcomed 379,834 stay over tourists in the period January to November 2012 – an increase of approx. 8 percent – compared to 352,190 tourists in 2011. “This upward trend is also seen in the number of arrivals the past two years, especially in the month August. This is the result of more vacationers from new markets and tourists visiting the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival”, the tourist bureau concluded.

The number of stay over tourists from the South American region showed a 29-percent increase. The European region showed a 3-percent increase in the same period. A slight decrease (1 percent) was registered from the North American region. The number of stay over tourists from the Caribbean area showed a 4-percent decrease. The largest number of stay over tourists came from Europe, namely 159,837; followed by the South America with 109.051; North America with 64,339 and the Caribbean area with 36,704.

The overall number of nights spent on the island in the period January to November 2012 increased with 13 percent, namely 3,275,238 compared to 2,905,683 in 2011. Tourists from the South American region showed an increase of 46 percent on overnights. A 5-percent increase was registered from Europe and 4 percent from both North American and the Caribbean area.

The number of cruise passengers in the eleven months of 2012 increased with 15 percent (361,066) compared to 314,491 in 2011. The number of cruise ships visiting Curaçao decreased from 204 in 2011 to 190 in 2012. The difference in more cruise passengers and fewer cruise ships is due to the latter having a higher passenger capacity.

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