Tourism: Visitor Nights, Accommodation and Economic Impact
WILLEMSTAD - The first four months of the year 2016 is showing a cumulative 5% growth in stay over arrivals. This growth is mainly attributable to the European, North American and Caribbean regions. These grew respectively by 12%, 3% and 5%. The South American region decreased recording 7% less visitors in the first four months of the year 2016.
In terms of visitor nights CTB reports 6% decrease during the first four months of 2016. The preliminary statistics show a total of 1.299.720 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 1.379.649 visitor nights. The increase in visitor nights is directly attributable to the European region, the only region recording increase in the number of nights spent for the first four months of the year. In total, Europeans spent 767.726 nights in Curaçao, good for a healthy 3% growth. The North American, South American and Caribbean region recorded 2%, 25% and 13% less visitor nights during the first four months of 2016.
The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards shows that 56% (92.971 visitors) of the stay over visitors stayed at one of the registered accommodations in Curaçao. The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels and bungalows is respectively 27%, 12%, 18%. The number of visitors that stayed at other accommodation is 71.986. This is 44% of the overall arrivals.
Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that year to date the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $184.1 million US dollars into the local economy. European visitors are responsible for 49.9% of the total expenditure on island. Altogether, Europeans spent a total of $ 91.8 million US dollars. They were followed by North Americans, who spent $ 45.7 million US dollars and South Americans who spent $36.3 million US dollars. The rest of the visitors spent $10.3 million US dollars in the first four months of 2016.
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