Published On: Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014

Year to Date arrivals are flat compared to last year

9% more stay over visitors registered in September 2014

1504178_595354803868189_1426866200_oWILLEMSTAD - September 2014 recorded a strong growth in stay over arrivals. The preliminary visitor statistics collected by the CTB show that 37.374 stay over visitors arrived in Curaçao, representing a 9% growth when compared to the total of 34.324 stay over visitors recorded in 2013.

Looking at the regional performance, we see a head to head race between Europe and South America. Europe’s share in arrivals is 39.1%, while South America is responsible for 38.9% of all arrivals. Third in line is the North American region recording a 10.6% share in visitor arrivals. The Caribbean region is good for 6.8%.

The European region continues to grow. This region provided a total of 14.623 stay over arrivals compared to the 13.516 recorded in September 2013 thereby registering a 8.19% increase. The main producing country, the Netherlands increased by 8% to a total of 10.695 in September 2014.
Germany’s performance in September resulted in 21% more stay over arrivals. A total of 2.105 visitors from Germany were counted from the CTB/Immigration database.

In absolute numbers the South American region registered 14.552 stay over arrivals in September 2014, signifying a percentage growth of 14.31%; in absolute numbers representing 1.822 additional visitors. Venezuela registered positive numbers with 10.104 stay over arrivals. After months of struggling with seat capacity from Venezuela, we can now conclude that air access to Curaçao is comparable to last year. Last year Curacao received 8.495 visitors. This year’s performance is good for a 19% growth. Colombia and Suriname registered respectively a 51% and 9% increase in visitor arrivals.

From the North American continent 3.955 stay over visitors were welcomed. The number of stay over arrivals from this region decreased by 7.98% in September. Although we now have the same seat capacity from North America the challenge remains to convert the negative performance into positive figures. The performance from the United States of America decreased by 8%, in absolute numbers 3.703 stay over visitors less. Last year September we registered 4.009 visitors from USA.

Stay over visitor arrivals from the Caribbean region decreased by 5.92%. A total of 2.559 visitors from our neighbor islands were registered in September. From Aruba a slight decrease of 1% is registered. In absolute numbers 1.335 visitor arrivals have been recorded from Aruba.

Year to Date Figures: January through September 2014

The overall stay over arrivals in the first nine months of 2014 recorded a flat performance of 0%. All together, 324.709 stay over visitors were welcomed during the first nine months of 2014. In 2013 Curaçao that figure was 324.969 stay over visitors. The European region registered 6% more visitors in the first nine months of 2014. A total of 137.540 Europeans visited during this period. Last year in the same period CTB counted 129.827 stay over visitors from the European region. From The Netherlands a 5% growth is registered. The South American region registered a slight 1% decrease during the first nine months of 2014. The region’s share in total arrivals is 29.2%. The main producing country, Venezuela, is recording a year to date 1% growth in visitor arrivals. The North American region decreased by 13%. We registered 49.145 North American visitors during the first nine months. The Caribbean region decreased by 14%, during the first nine months of the year and we welcomed 25.327 visitors from our neighbor islands.

All together visitors stayed 2.888.625 nights in Curaçao compared to 2.749.939 nights in the first nine months of 2013. An overall year-on-year growth of 5%. The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards in the first nine months of 2014 shows that 67.6% (219.654 visitors) of the stay over visitors stayed at a registered accommodation. The share in large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouse is respectively 31.3%, 13.9%, 15.4%, 6.2% and 0.9%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation type is 105.056. This is 32.4% of the overall arrivals.

Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that for the first nine months of 2014 the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $301.6 million US dollars into the local economy. Last year the same period generated a total of $296.2 million US dollars. European stay over visitors, who visited Curaçao in greater numbers during the first nine months of 2014, spent a total $139.3 million US dollars, about 46.2% of the total. They were followed by the South Americans who spent $80.8 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent $52.3 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $16.7 million US dollars in 2014.

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