WILLEMSTAD– December 10, 2021 – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 37,447 stayover visitor arrivals for the month of November. With these arrivals, November 2021 achieved 98% of the pre pandemic arrivals of November 2019, when we welcomed 38,159 stayover visitors. Curaçao registered another record breaking number of stayover arrivals from The Netherlands, a total of 23,024 Dutch visitors were welcomed in November 2021. For the fifth consecutive month, arrivals from the Netherlands in 2021 are surpassing arrivals in the same months in 2019.
For November, there were 26,104 stayover visitors out of Europe. 23,024 from the Netherlands, 1,215 from Germany and 523 from Belgium. Information gathered from the Immigration Cards show that European visitors stayed 11.2 nights on average in November 2021, while the average night spent in November 2019 was 9.3 nights. Of these European visitors, 56% stayed in resort hotels in November.
From the USA, we welcomed 4,456 visitors in November of which 70% stayed in resort hotels. The average nights spent in Curaçao was 7.3, while the same month in 2019 US visitors spent 6.8 nights.
From the South American region, we welcomed 3,598 visitors. Of the South America arrivals, 46% and 20% came from Colombia and Brazil, respectively.
Out of the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 1,623 stayover visitors in November, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.
There were 29 cruise ship calls and 41,280 cruise visitors for the month of November.
“The November performance is so far our best performing month since travel restrictions were lifted, showing once more the resilience of our tourism industry. With almost 37,500 stayover arrivals for November, we can proudly announce that our tourism industry continues to make progress despite these unprecedented times. The collective effort from our local stakeholders combined with our international partners in our main markets made the month of November a success. Besides this, Curaçao welcomed a total of 222,715 stayover arrivals for the first eleven months of 2021,” commented CTB.
Figure 1 Tourism Performance 2021