Published On: Mon, May 18th, 2015

Year to Date: Stay over Arrivals, Visitor Nights, Economic Impact and Accommodation information

WillemstadWILLEMSTAD - The first four months of 2015 shows an overall good performance of 11% growth compared to the same period last year in the tourism sector. An additional 15.809 stay over arrivals was registered with growth coming from the three main regions targeted for the island’s marketing and promotion. The North American, South American and European region grew respectively by 26%, 33% and 3%. From the North American region, CTB registered a total of 32.689 visitors. The South American region counted 45.089 visitors, while in Europe the total number of visitors in the first four months is registered at 68.825 visitors. A slight decrease of 2% from the Caribbean islands is registered, counting 242 less visitors this year.

In terms of visitor nights CTB reports a healthy 6% growth during the first four months of 2015. The preliminary statistics show a total of 1.400.386 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 1.319.747 visitor nights. The North American region recorded a 23% growth. Visitors from this region spent all together 232.070 nights. From the South American region a 30% growth in visitor nights is registered, a total of 327.489 visitor nights. The visitor nights from Europe increased recording 1% more visitor nights. In absolute numbers the region’s share in visitor nights is 54.1% of the total nights spent in the first four months of 2015. A total of 757.368 nights is accounted for by this region. The Caribbean region registered a decrease in visitor nights. 64.428 visitor nights was registered, 8% less than the first four months of 2014.

Utilizing the ‘Turistika Model’, CTB and MEO calculated that during the first four months of 2015the tourism sector was directly responsible for generating $154.2 million US dollars into the local economy. There has been an increase in spending where last year the first four months of 2014 generated a total of $136.1 million US dollars for the tourism sector. European visitors are responsible for 45.4% of the total expenditure on island. Altogether Europeans spent a total $70.0 million US dollars. They were followed by the South Americans who spent $38.3 million US dollars and the North Americans who spent $34.4 million US dollars. The Caribbean visitors spent a total of $6.9 million US dollars in 2015.

The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards shows that 69.2% (110.926 visitors) of the stay over visitors stayed at one of the registered accommodations in Curaçao. The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouse is respectively 31.1%, 13.7%, 16.0%, 7.5% and 0.9%. The number of visitors that stayed at a non-registered accommodation is 49.371. This is 30.8% of the overall arrivals.

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