Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2012

Tourism increased with 6 percent in October

WILLEMSTAD — The CTB is pleased to report that tourism in October increased with 6 percent compared to the same month last year. It regards an increase of almost 2000 stay over tourists. The cruise tourism decreased with 3 percent. Compared to the ten cruise ships in October last year, there were ten in that month this year, even though the cruise high season starts in this month. For instance, the event from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) on the island early October had contributed to the increase. Tourists, especially from South and North American and the Caribbean region, spent more nights on Curaçao; an increase of respectively 45, 13 and 15 percent. The European market showed an increase of 4 percent. The figures were based on information from the cards from the Immigration Service. The answers of almost 20,000 tourists (58 percent) were analyzed: 71 percent had come to the island for a holiday and 49 percent visited Curaçao for the first time. Eighteen percent had visited the island several times.

The increase from South America is due to more tourists from Venezuela (27 percent), but also from Colombia (45 percent) and Suriname (34 percent). Only 646 tourists from Brazil had visited Curaçao in October: a decrease of 19 percent.

The number of tourists from North America increased with 8 percent: 377 from Canada (an increase of 51 percent compared to October last year), while the number from the Caribbean area decreased with 2 percent – although the number of tourists form Aruba increased with 4 percent.

There were fewer tourists from the Netherlands (11 percent) in October but with the direct flight from Air Berlin tourism from Germany increased with almost 100 percent (from 840 tourists last year to 1656 this year).

In all, the stay over tourism for the first ten months of this year increased with 13 percent, namely from South America, Europe, North America and the Caribbean area with 44, 6, 5 and 2 percent respectively. The number of cruise tourists increased this year with 18 percent, from 270,66 in 2011 to 319,646 this year, although the number of ships decreased from 179 in the first ten months of 2011 to 167 this year.

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