Curaçao welcomed record number of visitors from The Netherlands and North America

WILLEMSTAD – February 26, 2020

January Visitor Arrivals 2020

The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting an increase of 3% in stayover visitor arrivals for January 2020. There were 45,691 visitors in January 2020 compared 44,156 in January 2019, an increase of 1,535 visitors.

The Netherlands began the year with an impressive performance of 18,863 visitors a new record.

Europe, our leading producing region grew 1% for January.

Visitor arrivals from North America jumped 21% for the month. January 2020 was a record setting month for both Canada and the United States of America with the following firsts:

  • Over 4,000 stayover visitors from Canada; (4,258 stayover visitors recording 13% growth).
  • Over 8,000 stayover visitors from the United States of America; (8,515 stayover visitors recording 26% growth).

The Caribbean region also performed well recording 23% growth in January. The main producing country out of South America, Colombia, recorded 12% growth in January 2020.

The overall visitor nights grew by 5% in January 2020. In total 437 thousand visitor nights are registered. Out of Europe, tourists spent 277 thousand nights in Curaçao, a 5% increase in visitor nights. North and South American visitors spent respectively 101 and 43 thousand visitor nights in January. Visitors from the Caribbean region spent 13 thousand nights in Curaçao.

Hotel Performance CHATA

In January of 2020 Curaçao had a hotel occupancy of 74.7% which is a decrease of 5.4 percentage points compared to 2019 (80.1%). The average daily rate (ADR) also decreased 9.4% compared to 2019, from $210.75 to $191.03 in 2020. As for the revenue per available room (RevPAR), numbers indicate a decrease as well of 15.8%. The revenue per available room in 2019 was $168.73 and in 2020 it was $142.07.

Cruise Arrivals CPA

The January 2020 figures show that 45 cruise vessels called the Willemstad Port compared to 51 vessels in the same month in 2019 resulting in a decrease of 11.8%. While a smaller number of ships called the port in January 2020 compared to the same month in 2019, the amount of passenger arrivals was higher as a result of among others the arrival of vessels with a higher capacity overall with an average passenger arrival per call of 2,740 in January 2020 versus 2,360 in the same month in 2019.
In the month of January 2020, we welcomed a total of 123,316 cruise passengers on Curaçao, which is 2,958 passengers (2.5%) more than the same month in 2019.

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