WILLEMSTAD – August 11, 2022 – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 275,799 stayover visitor arrivals in the first seven months of the year 2022. The overall stayover arrivals performance has already surpassed last year’s arrivals when we welcomed 265,000 stayover visitors in 2021.
CTB is currently seeing a stellar increase in stayover arrivals, especially from our main producing countries The Netherlands and the United States of America. Both markets are showing a solid performance in the first seven months of 2022. Altogether they are accountable for 70% of all visitor arrivals over the last period. We welcomed 146,038 (53%) Dutch visitors and 47,544 (17%) US visitors from January through July 2022.
Overall, we have welcomed 48,246 stayover arrivals in July 2021, which is almost 11,000 more visitors compared to July 2019, when we welcomed 37,249 stayover visitors. It is the first time CTB is recording 48,000 visitors in the summer month. In overall visitors spent 501,382 visitor nights in July, which is on average 10.3 nights per visitor.
We have welcomed 27,115 stayover visitors out of the European region in July 2022. From the Netherlands a total of 23,489 visitors is registered, while in July 2019, we have registered 16,456 Dutch visitors. An 43% increase in Dutch arrivals compared to pre-pandemic.
The second market recording great performance from Europe is Belgium with 1,235 stayover visitors in July. Out of Germany we have welcomed 974 stayover visitors. Altogether European visitors stayed 54% in resort hotels.
From the North American region, we welcomed 10,614 visitors. Of these North American visitors, 10,207
US visitors were welcomed in July 2022. This is another record-breaking number of US visitors registered in one single month. July 2019 (pre-pandemic), a total of 6,395 US visitors were registered. This year’s performance is a 60% increase compared to July 2019. Seventy-eight percent stayed in resort hotels.
From the South American region, we welcomed 6,086 visitors. Of the South America arrivals, 43% and 15% came from Colombia and Brazil, respectively.
Out of the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 3,277 stayover visitors in July, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.
There were 10 cruise ship calls and 29,564 cruise visitors for the month of July.
The stayover visitor arrivals performance continues to exceed the previous months. With July 2022 reaching 48,000 stayover visitors and the Dutch and US market recording respectively 23,000 and 10,000 visitors we can proudly say Curaçao’s tourism performance is on the right track, showing another best performing month. We are satisfied with the progress made. Curaçao now offers a greater pool of US branded resort hotels, which is reaping its benefit especially for the US market. The collective effort from our local stakeholders combined with our international partners in our main markets is showing a favorable result.