WILLEMSTAD – November 5, 2020 – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 13,556 stayover visitors for October 2020. It is the first time since the gradual lifting of travel restrictions to Curaçao that we see such a substantial increase in stayover arrivals. We welcomed 8,195, 9,227 and 10,418 stayover visitors in July, August and September respectively. The passenger cap of 10,000 per month was increased to 20,000 per month in October and this allowed for the solid jump to 13,556 stayover visitors (see figure 1). Ninety four percent of the reported visitors came from Europe.
Ninety four percent of the European visitors came from the Netherlands. We have welcomed 11,979 Dutch visitors, which is 24% less compared to October 2019. Out of Germany, we registered 358 German visitors, an 81% decrease compared to last year. Sixty percent of these European visitors stayed in resort hotels
(small-, large hotels and bungalow resorts), while 40% stayed in alternative accommodations in October (see figure 2). October recorded a strong increased share of the European visitors, which also resulted in an increase and share for resort hotels. This is a direct result of continued promotional efforts in Europe between CTB and Industry Partners and the ability to welcome more visitors as of October. Another interesting indictor is the average nights spent by European visitors. In October, the average night spent was 10.8, while last year we registered 8.9 nights. This is a 21% increase in average nights spent on the island.