February 2023 arrivals recorded 20% increase

March 10, 2023

Curaçao Carnival was well visited by stayover visitors

WILLEMSTAD – March 10, 2023 – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 42,562 stayover visitors for the month of February, 20% more than the 35,453 tourists who visited in February 2022. The month February is showing great performance out of the North American, South American and the Caribbean region. The growth in stayover arrivals out of these regions is respectively 146%, 82% and 89%. Despite the decrease in stayover arrivals out of the European region (-23%), the overall stayover arrivals registered in February was still positive. The European region is still the main source region with 18,865 arrivals, followed by North America with 15,003 arrivals, South America with 5,422 arrivals, the Caribbean region with 2,290 arrivals and the rest of the world with 982 arrivals in February. 

In overall, we welcomed on average 1,520 stayover visitors per day in February. CTB sees a peak in daily arrivals on the days around the main Carnival Parades. The arrivals on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were 1,846, 1,660, 1,749 and 1,702, respectively. Altogether visitors spent 9 nights on average in Curaçao. Many of the visitors who travelled in February are between 45 and 64 years old (36%) and 25 and 44 years old (34%). Sixty percent of all the visitors stayed in resort hotels.

We welcomed 16,025 (38%) Dutch visitors in the second month of the year. Most of the Dutch visitors who traveled to Curaçao in February are living in the following three provinces:  South Holland (23%), North Holland (21%) and North Brabant (11%). Out of Germany and Belgium, we registered 815 and 534 visitors respectively. Curaçao welcomed a total of 18,865 European visitors. Of these European visitors, 54% stayed in resort hotels in February.

From the United States of America, we welcomed 10,700 (25%) visitors in February. The US tourist spent on average 6.7 nights in Curaçao and the majority stays in resort hotels (75%). Out of Canada a total of 4,303 stayover visitors are registered in February and 69% of the Canadians stayed in resort hotels. Most of the Canadian tourists who travelled to Curaçao in February are living in Ontario (55%) and Quebec (26%).

From the South American region, 5,422 visitors were welcomed. Of the South America arrivals, 1,754 (32%) and 1,189 (22%) traveled from Colombia and Brazil, respectively. Most South American visitors traveling to Curaçao in February chose a resort hotel as place of accommodation (55%).

From the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 2,290 stayover visitors in February, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.

There were 42 cruise ship calls and 103,563 cruise visitors in the month of February. In February 2022, Curaçao Ports Authority reported 41 cruise ship calls and 43,991 cruise passengers.

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