Tourism in numbers 2013-2014

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Tourism in numbers 2013-2014

Introduction


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.
In this article a general view will be given in numbers on the tourism industry in Curaçao and how its position is compared to other countries in the Caribbean region.
The data presented in this article is primarily based on data that the Curaçao Tourist Bureau (CTB) has gathered together with data that Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (Chata) and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has compiled. A range starting from 2010 to 2014 will be given with an emphasis on the last year, depending on the availability of the data. The methodology that is used among the sources of data is also different.
The data will be divided in:
- Volume characteristics data which entail the number of visitors (arrivals) and overnight stays.
- Trip characteristics which involve length of stay, period of stay, and place of stay.
- Accommodation data (hotels and lodgings).

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