WILLEMSTAD- April 14, 2022 – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 40,539 stayover visitors for the month of March. From these 40,539 arrivals, 64% traveled from Europe, 21% from North America, 9% from South America, 4% from the Caribbean region and 2 % from the rest of the world. In overall, we welcomed an average of 1,351 stayover visitors per day who spent a total of 391,461 visitor nights in Curaçao.
We welcomed 22,252 Dutch visitors in March, which is 38% more than March 2019 (pre-pandemic). Out of Germany and Belgium, we registered 1,352 and 825 visitors respectively. Of these European visitors, 56% stayed in resort hotels in March.
From the United States of America, we welcomed 7,429 visitors in March. Nine hundred six visitors were welcomed out of Canada. In total we welcomed 8,335 visitors from North America. North American visitors stayed 68% in resort hotels.
We welcomed 3,784 from the South American region. Of the South America arrivals, 1,749 (46%) and 747 (20%) traveled from Colombia and Brazil, respectively. Fifty-four percent (54%) of all South American visitors stayed in resort hotels. From the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 1,818 stayover visitors in March, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.
There were 39 cruise ship calls and 60,237 cruise visitors for the month of March.
Year to Date arrivals: January through March 2022
In total 111 thousand visitors are registered from January through March 2022. Out of Europe, we welcomed 76 thousand tourists in Curaçao. From North and South America, we welcomed 18 and 10 thousand visitors respectively. Our neighboring islands from the Caribbean provided 4 thousand visitors during this period. Curaçao is currently welcoming at least 4.5 times more visitors compared to last year. Last year we welcomed 24 thousand visitors during the same period.
Our progress to recoup our pre-pandemic production continues in the right direction. We have recovered 88% of the tourist arrivals in the first quarter of the year. In the first quarter of 2019 we have registered 127 thousand visitors.
All efforts to register positive tourism performance is a joint collaboration between our local stakeholders combined with our international partners. CTB is noticing the demand to our destination and foresees another great performance in April.