Curaçao marked a major milestone in its tourism efforts with the arrival of its 500,000th overnight visitor this month. The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) reports that from January 1, 2023 to now, a total of 501,313 stayover visitors have landed in Curaçao. In comparison, Curaçao received a total of 489,558 stayover visitors in 2022.
This is not the first record the island has broken this year, doing so also in its number of stayover visitors from top markets including United States, Brazil, Canada and Colombia. Combined, the island has now set an overall record by reaching over half a million stayover guests.
To celebrate this historic milestone, CTB, in close partnership with Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), presented local treats to arriving passengers at Hato International Airport on November 20th. The Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Ruisandro Cijntje, was onsite at the airport to personally greet visitors and share in the excitement.
“Today’s remarkable achievement stands as a testament: when we unite our efforts, we can achieve the extraordinary. Gratitude extends to all stakeholders and the dedicated tourism industry workers for their commitment in making this significant milestone a reality,” stated Minister Cijntje.
A variety of factors contribute to the recognizable growth and success of the island’s tourism including expanded year-round flights. In the US and Canada that includes new or increased service from a half dozen airlines including JetBlue, Air Canada, Delta, WestJet, United, and American – connecting more travelers than ever with Curaçao. Additionally, new and renovated hotel and accommodation options and elevated island experiences are appealing to travelers and supporting demand. At the same time, CTB is committed to the Strategic Tourism Destination Development Plan for responsible and sustainable tourism growth, aiming to enhance the overall experience for both visitors and the local community.