Curaçao stayover arrivals performance closer to a milestone in 2022

December 16, 2022

WILLEMSTAD – December 16, 2022 – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 444,634 stayover visitor arrivals from January through November. CTB registered during the same period in 2021 and 2019, 222,723 and 419,125 stayover visitors, respectively. Comparing last year and our benchmark year with this year’s performance a 100% and 6% growth is recorded. At time of writing this release, CTB confirms with great satisfaction that we will welcome a record-breaking number of stayover arrivals by end of this year. Previously CTB reported respectively a total of 467,538 and 463,684 stayover arrivals in 2015 and 2019.

November 2022 performance:

CTB is reporting 44,058 stayover visitor arrivals for the month of November. With these arrivals, November 2022 achieved 115% of the pre pandemic arrivals of November 2019, when we welcomed 38,159 stayover visitors. November 2022 is so far the third best performing month. Other best performing months so far are July and October when we welcomed 48,246 and 44,914 stayover visitors, respectively. Curaçao continues to see a great performance from its main markets; The Netherlands, United States of America, Colombia and Canada. The four countries are accountable for 75% of all stayover visitors who traveled to Curaçao in November 2022. The share between the four top countries are 42.5%, 21.3%, 5.6% and 5.3%, respectively.

Altogether, 60% of all the visitors who travelled to Curaçao chose a resort hotel as their type of accommodation and 40% stayed in alternative accommodations. Thirty-nine percent of the visitors who travelled to Curaçao in November are between 25 to 44 years old. Visitors between 45 to 64 years old represents a 32% of all the tourists who travelled to Curaçao. CTB registered an overall average stay of 8.9 nights in November.

Europe remains the strongest region for Curaçao, a total of 22,538 European visitors are registered in November. This is 51.2% of the total stayover arrivals. A total of 18,715 visitors from the Netherlands were welcomed in November 2022. This is a 111% recovery rate compared to the number of stayover arrivals welcomed in November 2019 (16,787 Dutch visitors). Other secondary markets within the European region also performed well. We welcomed out of Germany and Belgium 1,389 and 635 visitors, respectively.

Out of the North American region, a total of 11,704 visitors are registered, contributing to a 26.6% share of the total arrivals in November. From the USA, we welcomed 9,369 visitors. As the great demand out of the US market continues, CTB is pleased to report positive performance from the Canadian market. A total of 2,335 Canadian visitors were welcomed.

From the South American region, we welcomed 5,653 visitors. Forty-four percent (2,467 visitors) of the South American visitors are from Colombia. A total of 853 stayover visitors from Brazil are registered in November 2022.

Out of the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 3,044 stayover visitors in November, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.

There were 41 cruise ship calls and 85,924 cruise visitors for the month of November.

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