Fewer tourist-arrivals due to Hurricane Sandy

POSTED: 01/21/13 12:57 PM

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten is expected to receive 3 percent fewer stay-over tourists from the North American region in the period until March, the Department of Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication writes in a special edition of its Macro Monitor. The decrease is due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy that hit Jamaica on October 24 of last year before racing on the Cuba and finally to the American east coast on October 27.

The Macro Monitor report projects that the island will receive 4,780 fewer tourists – a number that translates into 21,500 nights based on an average stay of 4.5 days.
This number means that the export product will decrease by 13 million guilders, while imports decrease by an estimated 11 million guilders in the period until March. “Since exports decrease more than imports this can have a negative effect on our foreign reserves,” the report states. Other effects of the 3 percent decrease in tourist-arrivals remain “very minimal or insignificant,” the report states, later adding however that the prices of imported goods may increase by 2 percent.

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