According to the Curaçao Tourist Board, Curaçao saw a 19.4% increase in stopover visitor arrivals in August, growing from 30,863 stopovers in August 2017 to 36,861 this year. Stopover visitors from the USA grew by 43.2%, from 4,729 in September 2017 to 6,793 in August 2018.
In the first eight months of 2018 Curaçao has seen a 5.7% increase in the number of stopover visitors, growing from 262,066 in 2017 to 277,078 this year. The number of stopovers from the USA has grown by 19.2% during the first eight months, from 41,094 in 2017 to 48,970 through August 2018.
The number of cruise visitors fell 31.5% in August, from 45,379 in August 2017 to 31,101 this year. Through the first eight months of 2018 the number of cruise visitors to Curaçao grew by 22.7%, from 385,841 visitors in 2017 to 473,279 this year.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.