WILLEMSTAD – A direct impact of $ 99.2 million US dollars is generated for the local economy in the first two months of 2018. Last year, the same period generated $ 97.7 million US dollars. This is a 2% increase of the direct impact to the local economy. 52% of the total direct impact is generated from European visitors who are responsible for $ 51.3 million US dollars. The North American, South American and other regions generated respectively $ 29.3, $ 14.2 and $ 4.3 million US dollars.
74,180 stayover visitors were welcomed in Curaçao in the first two months of 2018. Last year we counted 74,650 stayover visitors over the same period, a slightly decrease of 1%. Four out of the seven focus markets performed well in the first two months. The Netherlands, United States of America, Colombia and Brazil grew respectively with 11%, 13%, 37% and 3%. In absolute numbers the four countries contribute with a total of 49,570 stayover visitors, which is 67% of the total visitors welcomed in the first two months of the year. A slight decrease of 1% in visitor nights is registered during the first two months of 2018. In total visitors spent 677,628 nights in Curaçao. 64% of the visitors nights spent are from European visitors, representing 430,884 nights from the region. In total an increase of 1% visitor nights is registered from European visitors. From North America, the visitor nights increased by 15%. In total of 142,717 nights are registered in the first two months.