WILLEMSTAD – October 6, 2020
Preliminary September Visitor Arrivals 2020
The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting a steady increase in stayover arrivals each month since the travel restrictions for some countries have been lifted on July 1. We welcomed 8,195 and 9,227 stayover visitors in July and August respectively. In September, we welcomed 10,418 stayover visitors. Ninety one percent of the reported visitors came from Europe.
With only a select number of countries mostly in Western Europe meeting the risk threshold, 91% of the European visitors came from the Netherlands. We have welcomed 8,646 Dutch visitors, which is 38% less compared to September 2019. Out of Germany, we registered 359 German visitors, a 79% decrease compared to last year. Fifty five percent of these European visitors stayed in resort hotels (small-, large hotels and bungalow resorts), while 45% stayed in alternative accommodations in September. The chart below shows the distribution by the accommodation type for the European visitors.
It is really good to see an increased share of the European visitors staying in resort hotels. Also, there is an increase in the share of visitors staying in large hotels and bungalow resorts. This is a direct result of continued promotional efforts in Europe between CTB and Industry Partners. Another interesting indictor is the average nights spent by European visitors. In September, the average night spent was 11.3, while last year we registered 9.7 nights. This is a 16% increase in average nights spent on the island.
“Stayover arrivals for the past three months has been recovering steadily, despite only being open to a limited number of countries in Europe. Curaçao continues to be a favorite destination from our main market region. Our goal is to gradually open to more markets in the coming months,” commented CTB CEO, Paul Pennicook.