The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is reporting 21,223 stayover visitor arrivals for the month of June. With these arrivals, June has become the best performing month since we reopened for commercial airline traffic in July 2020. In mid-May, the Dutch Government announced positive travel advice for Curaçao and our designation was changed from code orange to code yellow. In late May, Germany also lifted the travel advisory for Curaçao and the USA lowered the level of risk for travel to Curaçao from level 4 to level 2. At about the same time, Curaçao began lifting local measures that were imposed during the second wave of Covid.
The combination of positive travel advisories in our main markets and the relaxation of local Covid measures resulted in increased demand for the month of June. This positive trend in June continues in July and has made the rest of the year look promising for visitor arrivals.
For June, we welcomed 12,148 Dutch visitors and 485 German visitors. In total 13,541 European visitors were welcomed in June 2021. Of these European visitors, 55% stayed in resort hotels in June.
We welcomed 4,763 visitors from the USA in June. Which gives a clear indication that demand out of USA is moving in a positive direction now that visitors from all 50 States are welcome.
From the South American region, we welcomed 1,381 visitors. Of the South America arrivals, 46% and 15% came from Colombia and Brazil, respectively.
From the Caribbean region, we have welcomed 1,003 stayover visitors in June, primarily from the Dutch Kingdom islands.
“With over 21,000 stayover arrivals in June and the first cruise ship arrivals since March 2020, it is fair to say the recovery in tourism arrivals has really started. With a high rate of vaccination locally and very few active cases, Curaçao remains a very attractive destination for visitors. We therefore look forward to this positive trend in visitor arrivals continuing”, commented CTB CEO, Paul Pennicook.