October 24, 2006

CENTRAL BANK--DECLINE IN TOURISM FOR 2006


Thanks to Walkman for the following figures:


Here are some highlights of the Central Bank reports on the decline in Aruba tourism for 2006. Note this only factors in the basic tourism numbers-- not the decrease in dollars that come with every decline. Keep in mind every single one of those tourists who chose not to go to Aruba represents anywhere from $2,000 and up not spent on dining, recreation, dry goods, souveneirs, etc.



DECEMBER REPORT


The Aruba Tourism Authority has not yet published information on the number of stay-over tourists and their nights spent on the island for August, September, October, November and December 2005. The average occupancy rate of the hotels fell by 2.5 percentage points to 79.5 percent in November 2005, and by 0.8 percentage point to 74.8 percent in December 2005. In the month under review, the number of cruise passenger arrivals went up by 5.7 percent, notwithstanding 21.6 percent fewer ship calls (see table 10). For the year as a whole, the number of cruise passenger arrivals registered a 4.1 percent decrease, while port calls went down by 2.2 percent.


JANUARY REPORT


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


FEBRUARY REPORT


In December 2005, the number of stay-over visitors dropped by 6.3 percent, compared to the corresponding month in 2004, while their nights spent on the island decreased by 2.5 percent. For the year 2005 as a whole, the number of stay-over visitors and their nights spent on the island rose by, respectively, 0.6 percent and 1 percent, compared to 13.4 percent and 10.6 percent during the corresponding period a year earlier. The data on tourist arrivals and nights spent for January and February 2006 have not been published as yet. The average occupancy rate of the hotels fell by 1.5 percentage points to 88 percent in February 2006. Data published by the Cruise Tourism Authority show that in February 2006 the number of cruise passengers increased by 8.9 percent, compared to the corresponding month of 2005. However, the number of ship calls remained unchanged.


MARCH REPORT


Tourism The Aruba Tourism Authority has not yet published the data on tourist arrivals and nights spent on the island for January, February and March 2006. According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, the average occupancy rate of the hotels fell by 5.4 percentage points to 83.5 percent in March 2006, compared to the corresponding period a year earlier. Data published by the Cruise Tourism Authority show that in March 2006 the number of cruise passengers rose by 15 percent, when compared to the corresponding month of 2005. In addition, the number of ship calls went up by 5.7 percent.


APRIL REPORT


In January 2006, the number of stay-over visitors and their nights spent on the island fell by 15.8 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, compared to the corresponding month in 2005. The Aruba Tourism Authority has not yet published the data on tourist arrivals and nights spent on the island for February, March and April 2006. However, according to the Department of Immigration, air passenger arrivals dropped by 14.7 percent during the first quarter of 2006 compared to the corresponding quarter a year earlier. According to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, the average occupancy rate of the hotels contracted by 4.8 percentage points to 81.3 percent in April 2006, compared to the corresponding period a year earlier.




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Michelle, These are OLD numbers. I have already posted the newer numbers as per June, july and August (just in a nutshell).
John C.

Anonymous said...

When the Aruban tourism falls below 25%, the Aruban currency Florine is worthless due to the international money market debt to equity ratio. The Central Bank will forfeit all Aruban government bank accounts and ask the Kingdom Royal Guards to put all the Aruban government officials under arrest for corruption and embezzment.

dennisintn said...

where are all the naysayers with their "tourism is good as ever, and jvds is innocent" posters we've been plagued with for the last l8 months?
dennisintn

Anonymous said...

dennisintn --

I think they're busy with their new plague -- TB.

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