March 16, 2006


The Aruba Tourism Authority has recently published tourism figures up to and including November 2005. Data on December 2005 and January 2006 have not yet been published.

The available information shows that in the months August, September, October and November 2005 the number of stay-over visitors dropped by 7.8 percent, 8.7 percent, 9.1 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively, compared to the corresponding months in 2004, while their nights spent on the island decreased by 6.5 percent, 4.7 percent, 7.9 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively.

On a cumulative basis for the year up to November 2005, the number of stay-over visitors and their nights spent on the island rose by respectively 1.2 percent and 1.3 percent, compared to 13.5 percent and 11 percent during the corresponding period a year earlier.

The occupancy rate in the months of August, September, October, and November 2005 went down by 0.5 percentage point (to 83.7 percent), 6.4 percentage points (to 69.1 percent), 2.8 percentage points (to 79.9 percent) and 2.5 percentage points (to 79.5 percent), respectively. In January 2006 the average occupancy rate of the hotels fell by 3.6 percentage points to 82.3 percent.

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