Published On: Thu, Oct 25th, 2012

Tourism 9% growth

WILLEMSTAD - Curacao has welcomed more tourists on the island than the same month last year in the first eight months of this year. Stay over tourism grew by 9 percent. In August this was 7 percent. The Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJ) has positively influenced the figures.

Many tourists from Venezuela, Aruba and Suriname traveled to Curaçao for this event in August. The preliminary figures say that in that month 39,018 tourists came to Curaçao: an increase of 7 percent compared to August last year. Then there were 36,406 people on short stay on the island. The number of tourist stay overs increased by 12 percent. Most tourists came from South America, mainly from Venezuela. The number of tourists from Europe fell sharply in August from 15,161 in 2011 to 14,571 this year. In particular the Dutch were often the ones who stayed away from the island.

A total of 276,955 tourists visited Curaçao in the first eight months of 2012. Europeans are the biggest group: 120,021 people. South America stands with 74,222 guests staying in second place, followed by North America with 49,891 tourists. From the region came 26,565 guests.

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