WILLEMSTAD – March 10, 2021
February Visitor Arrivals 2021
The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 8,144 stayover visitors for the month of February. This is an increase in stayover arrivals in February compared to January. There is a slight uptick in Dutch visitors despite the negative travel advice announced by the Dutch Government. The stayover arrivals in February are similar to the number of arrivals welcomed in July 2020, when travel restrictions previously imposed because of Covid, were lifted for the first time.
For February, we welcomed 5,179 Dutch visitors, which is 71% less than February 2020. Out of Germany, we registered 372 visitors. The German Government recently lifted a negative travel advice to Curaçao; we foresee a promising outlook in March regarding German visitor arrivals. Of these European visitors, only 40% stayed in resort hotels in February. This compares to 55% staying in resort hotels in previous months, and is another indication of the impact of the negative travel advice from The Netherlands.
From the United States of America we welcomed 1,095 visitors in February. Traffic out of USA is moving in a positive direction. The market is slowly recovering now that visitors from all States are welcome. Out of the South American region, 279 visitors were welcomed. Of the South America arrivals, 53% came from Colombia.
From the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 450 stayover visitors in February, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.
“It is good to see traffic from the USA trending in a positive direction. At the same time, the effort by the Government and all sectors of the industry to try and get Curaçao back to code yellow with the Netherlands, continues”, commented CTB CEO, Paul Pennicook.