WILLEMSTAD – November 14, 2022 – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 400,576 stayover visitor arrivals in the first ten months of the year 2022, which is an additional 19,586 stayover visitors compared to the same period in 2019. The stayover arrivals registered in 2019 during the same period was 380,990. The recovery of the pre-pandemic performance continues as we move towards the end of this year. With only two months left in 2022, CTB projects with great satisfaction that we will welcome a record-breaking number of stayover arrivals if the circumstances remain as is. Previously CTB reported respectively a total of 467,538 and 463,684 stayover arrivals in 2015 and 2019.
October 2022 performance:
CTB reports 44,914 stayover visitor arrivals for the month of October. With these arrivals, October 2022 is the second best performing month of the year 2022. The best performing month so far is July when we welcomed 48,246 stayover visitors. Looking back at the October 2019 performance, an additional 10,388 stayover visitors are welcomed this year. Curaçao continues to see a great performance from its top three main markets; The Netherlands, United States of America and Colombia. The three countries are accountable for 71% of all stayover visitors who traveled to Curaçao in October 2022. The share between the three top countries are 44.8%, 20.4% and 5.8% respectively.
Altogether 63% of all the visitors who travelled to Curaçao chose a resort hotel as their type of accommodation and 37% stayed in alternative accommodations. CTB registered an average stay of 8.6 nights in October.
Europe remains the strongest region for Curaçao and in October a total of 23,992 European visitors travelled to Curaçao. This is 53.4% of the total stayover arrivals. A total of 20,102 visitors from the Netherlands were welcomed last month. This is a 128% recovery rate compared to the number of stayover arrivals welcomed in October 2019 (15,708 Dutch visitors). Other secondary markets within the European region also performed well. We welcomed out of Germany and Belgium 1,391 and 905 visitors, respectively.
Out of the North American region, a total of 10,696 visitors are registered, contributing to a 23.8% share of the total arrivals in October. From the USA, we welcomed 9,166 visitors. In October 2019, CTB registered only 4,040 US visitors. As the great demand out of the US market continues, CTB is pleased to report positive performance from the Canadian market, now that both Air Canada and WestJet resumed service to Curaçao. A total of 1,530 Canadian visitors were welcomed, while in October 2019 a total of 853 visitors from Canada were registered.
From the South American region, we welcomed 5,990 visitors. Two thousand six hundred and one (2,601) are visitors from Colombia. The recovery rate of the Colombian market is 121%. In 2019 we recorded 2,152 visitors in October. A total of 902 stayover visitors from Brazil are registered in October 2022.
Out of the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 3,075 stayover visitors in October, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands. There were 14 cruise ship calls and 36,819 cruise visitors for the month of October.