WILLEMSTAD – April 18, 2023 – The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 45,914 stayover visitors for the month of March, representing a 13% increase compared to March 2022, when 40,541 tourists visited Curaçao. While the industry experienced a decrease in visitor arrivals from Europe, the North American, South American, and Caribbean region saw substantial growth during the same period. The European region is maintaining its position as the source region with 19,953 arrivals (43%), followed by North America with 15,707 arrivals (34%), South America with 6,263 arrivals (14%), the Caribbean region with 2,914 arrivals (6%) and the rest of the world with 1,077 arrivals (2%) in March.
Information gathered from the Immigration card shows that altogether visitors spent 8.5 nights on average in Curaçao. Many of the visitors who travelled in March are between 45 and 64 years old (37%) and 25 and 44 years old (35%). Sixty percent of all the visitors stayed in resort hotels. The main purpose of the trip to Curaçao in March is vacation (87%), followed by business (5%) and wedding (2%).
Curaçao welcomed 16,287 Dutch visitors in the third month of the year. Dutch visitors who travelled to Curaçao in March spent on average 11 nights and 53% stayed at resort hotels. Out of Germany and Belgium, we registered 1,450 and 668 visitors respectively.
From the United States of America, we welcomed 11,858 visitors in March, a 60% increase compared to the same period last year. US tourists spend on average 6.4 nights in Curaçao and the majority stay in resort hotels (74%). Out of Canada a total of 3,849 stayover visitors are registered in March, and 73% of the Canadians stayed in resort hotels. Canadian visitors stayed on average 8 nights in March.
From the South American region, 6,263 visitors were welcomed. Of the South America arrivals, 2,748 (44%) and 1,329 (21%) traveled from Colombia and Brazil, respectively. Most South American visitors traveling to Curaçao in March chose a resort hotel as place of accommodation (65%).
From the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 2,914 stayover visitors in March, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.
There were 42 cruise ship calls and 107,307 cruise visitors in the month of March. In March 2022, Curaçao Ports Authority reported 39 cruise ship calls and 60,237 cruise passengers.