Tourism in Curacao

Curacao recorded a total of 399,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 145th 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 2.5 tourists per resident, Curacao ranked 27th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 9th.

Curacao generated around 572.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 18.29 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Curacao from 1995 to 2017

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 as 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 countries in Caribbean.

Tourists per year in Curacao

Revenues in 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 390,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,385 USD per person. Within 6 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 572.00 million USD, accounting for 18.35 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,434 USD for his holiday in Curacao.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Curacao per year

All data for Curacao in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995224,000175.00 m $781 $
1996214,000186.00 m $869 $
1997205,000201.00 m $980 $
1998199,000261.00 m $1,312 $
1999198,000260.00 m $1,313 $
2000191,000227.00 m $1,188 $
2001205,000271.00 m $1,322 $
2002218,000217.00 m $995 $
2003221,000223.00 m $1,009 $
2004223,000224.00 m $1,004 $
2005222,000244.00 m $1,099 $
2006234,000277.00 m $1,184 $
2007300,000329.00 m $1,097 $
2008409,000383.00 m $936 $
2009367,000378.00 m $1,030 $
2010342,000438.00 m $1,281 $
2011390,000540.00 m $17.77 %1,385 $
2012421,000676.00 m $21.59 %1,606 $
2013441,000778.00 m $24.72 %1,764 $
2014452,000820.00 m $25.96 %1,814 $
2015468,000712.00 m $22.59 %1,521 $
2016441,000644.00 m $20.63 %1,460 $
2017399,000572.00 m $18.35 %1,434 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.