Tourism in Curacao

Curacao recorded a total of one million tourists in 2019, ranking 87th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Curacao, the result is much more comparable picture: With 8.5 tourists per resident, Curacao ranked 9th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 5th.

In 2020, Curacao generated around 282.00 million US dollars in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 10.45 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 4 percent of all international tourism receipts in Caribbean.

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Development of the tourism sector in Curacao from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Curacao each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g., crew members of ships or flights are also not considered tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

The red line represents the average of all 21 countries in Caribbean.

Tourists per year in Curacao

Revenues from tourism

In 2011, tourism revenues amounted to 540.00 million USD, or about 17.77 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 837,000 tourists at that time and roughly 645 USD per person. Within 9 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales were $706.00 million billion, 23.57 percent of gross national product. Thus, each visitor spent an average of $546 on their vacation in Curacao.

In 2020, tourist receipts plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the $706.00 million billion (2019), only $282.00 million billion remained. This is a 60 percent decrease in Curacao.

Tourism receipts in Curacao per year

All data for Curacao in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
20191.29 m706.00 m $23.57 %546 $
20181.21 m604.00 m $20.00 %499 $
20171.06 m572.00 m $19.01 %541 $
2016944,000644.00 m $21.36 %682 $
20151.07 m712.00 m $23.40 %664 $
20141.13 m820.00 m $26.90 %726 $
20131.07 m778.00 m $24.72 %726 $
2012908,000676.00 m $21.59 %744 $
2011837,000540.00 m $17.77 %645 $
2010762,000438.00 m $575 $
2009808,000378.00 m $468 $
2008773,000383.00 m $495 $
2007664,000329.00 m $495 $
2006572,000277.00 m $484 $
2005510,000244.00 m $478 $
2004452,000224.00 m $496 $
2003508,000223.00 m $439 $
2002545,000217.00 m $398 $
2001519,000271.00 m $522 $
2000514,000227.00 m $442 $
1999433,000260.00 m $600 $
1998437,000261.00 m $597 $
1997422,000201.00 m $476 $
1996387,000186.00 m $481 $
1995396,000175.00 m $442 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The World Tourism Organization additionally points out that in some countries, the number of tourists is only counted at airports, while in others they are also counted at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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