Published On: Tue, Mar 12th, 2013

Tourism growth will decrease

WillemstadWILLEMSTAD – For 2013, a decrease in the growth of the tourism sector is expected. The forecast for this year is that the growth in the stay-over arrivals will drop from eight to four percent. Last year, the number of stay-over tourism reached 419,740 visitors. This year, Minister of Economic Development, Steven Martina, the Curacao Tourism Bureau (CTB) and the Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) expect that this number will increase to 436,530 visitors.

The decrease in growth is mainly expected from the United States and Europe. According to the forecasts, the number of tourists from South America and the Caribbean will grow by more than 6.5% this year. The number of cruise tourism will increase less rapidly.

In 2012 there were eight percent more cruise tourists on the island, but in 2013 this number is expected to grow by only three percent. CHATA is also concerned about the decreasing occupancy of the larger hotels. This has a negative effect on employment.

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