Tourism is a social, cultural and economic experience which involves the movement of people to countries or places outside their usual environment for personal, business or professional purposes. The tourism industry generates substantial economic benefits to the local economy. It provides foreign exchange without exporting tangible goods out of the country. It increases export earnings from services and the rate of growth of the economy. It generates employment. It brings about investment in infrastructure and most certainly contributes to government revenues.

The data presented in this section is primarily based on data that the Curaçao Tourist Bureau (CTB) has gathered together with data of Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (Chata). The data that is presented are data on arrivals and nights of foreign tourists, on hotel occupancy rate and cruise tourism.