Growth in stayover tourism CuracaoPOSTED: 08/2/16 9:40 AM
WILLEMSTAD – The first five months of the year 2016 is showing a cumulative 2% growth in stay-over arrivals. This growth is mainly attributable to the performance of the European, North American and Caribbean regions in the period from January through to May of this year. The European market delivered the largest relative growth at 8%, North America remained stable at 0% and the Caribbean region did well at 3%. The South American region decreased recording 8% less visitors.
In terms of visitor nights CTB reports 7% decrease during the first five months of 2016. The preliminary statistics show a total of 1.536.083 nights in this period. Last year, the CTB registered 1.645.269 visitor nights. The only region recording increase in the number of nights spent for the first five months of the year is Europe. In total, Europeans spent 910.319 nights in Curaçao, good for a 2% growth. The North American, South American and Caribbean region recorded 6%, 25% and 11% less visitor nights during the first five months of 2016.
The information gathered from the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Cards shows that 56% (109.701 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 86.193. 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 $217.3 million US dollars into the local economy. European visitors are responsible for 50.2% of the total expenditure on the island. Altogether, Europeans spent a total of $109 million. They were followed by North Americans, who spent $ 51.6 million and South Americans who spent $43.6 million US dollars. The rest of the visitors spent $13.1 million in the first five months of 2016.