WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 35,020 stayover visitor arrivals for the month of October. With these arrivals, October 2021 achieved 101% of the pre pandemic arrivals of October 2019, when we welcomed 34,526 stayover visitors. It is the first time since travel restrictions are lifted that we surpassed the number of stayover arrivals, when comparing to the same month. Curaçao registered another record-breaking number of stayover arrivals from The Netherlands, a total of 22,713 Dutch visitors were welcomed in October 2021. For the fourth consecutive month, arrivals from the Netherlands in 2021 are surpassing arrivals in the same months in 2019.
For October, there were 25,933 stayover visitors out of Europe. 22,713 from the Netherlands, 1,365 from Germany and 646 from Belgium. Information gathered from the Immigration Cards show that European visitors stayed 10.7 nights on average in October 2021, while the average night spent in October 2019 was 8.9 nights.
From the USA, we welcomed 3,379 visitors in October. The average nights spent in Curaçao was 6.8, while the same month in 2019 US visitors spent 6.1 nights.
From the South American region, we welcomed 3,050 visitors. Of the South America arrivals, 49% and 25% came from Colombia and Brazil, respectively.
Out of the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 1,428 stayover visitors in October, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.
There were 8 cruise ship calls and 12,605 cruise visitors for the month of October.
“The October performance showed the resilience of our tourism industry. With 35,000 stayover arrivals for October, we can proudly announce that our tourism industry is at the same level of October 2019. The collective effort from our local stakeholders combined with our international partners in our main markets made the month of October a success. Besides this, Curaçao welcomed a total of 185,265 stayover arrivals for the first ten months of 2021,” commented CTB.