According to the Aruba Tourism Authority Aruba saw a 2.1% decline in stopover visitor arrivals in September, falling from 77,644 stopovers in September 2017 to 76,017 this year. Stopover visitors from the USA grew by 8.4% however, from 43,629 in September 2017 to 47,277 in September 2018.
In the first nine months of 2018 Aruba has seen a 1.5% increase in the number of stopover visitors, growing from 797,457 in 2017 to 809,314 this year. The number of stopovers from the USA has grown by 7.4% during the first nine months, from 522,325 in 2017 to 561,208 through September 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.