Early Season Bookings Surge Boosts Curacao
Photo: Curacao is reporting a nine percent increase in U.S.-based travelers. (Courtesy of the Curacao Tourist Board).
Curacao is benefitting from an early season bookings surge. The southern Caribbean destination hosted 39,676 overnight visitors in March 2015, and 11 percent increase over the 35,690 recorded during the same period in 2014, according to Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) data.
Curacao has also recorded a 13.7 percent increase in arrivals in January and February of 2015, according to Caribbean Tourism Organization statistics, with 82,398 visitors in 2015 versus the same period in 2014.
The March 2015 statistics include a nine percent increase in travelers from the U.S. compared with March 2014. This year Curacao has hosted 6,009 U.S. travelers. CTB officials attribute the increased U.S. arrivals to JetBlue’s new route from New York, which “continues to reflect in the positive performance of the U.S.,” officials said in a statement.
Curacao’s overnight visitors from all of North America also increased in March 2015, to 8,716 arrivals, representing a 14 percent increase over March of 2014. Canada recorded a 28 percent year-over year increase with 2,707 stay-over arrivals in March.
CTB also reported an eight percent increase in visitor nights during the first three months of 2015, including a 19 percent increase in visitor nights among North American travelers growth. Visitors from the region spent 178,696 nights in Curacao accommodations in early 2015. During the period the North Americans spent $26.8 million in the country according to CTB data.
Based on information drawn from visitor embarkation and disembarkation cards, 69.4 percent (85,435) of Curacao’s first-quarter overnight visitors stayed at a registered hotel, resort or guest house accommodation. The share of arrivals among large hotels, small hotels, bungalows, apartments and guesthouses was 31.1 percent, 14 percent, 15.6 percent, 7.7 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.
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