December 26, 2006


Ed Briesen, PM of Tourism--Jackass the Movie Part 4

ORANJESTAD-Aruba received 48,470 stay-over arrivals in September 2006 compared to 48,047 arrivals in September 2005, an increase of 0.9 percent.

September 2006 is the first month to show growth in stay-over arrivals since July 2005, an indication that tourism is on a recovery path. (I wouldn’t say a 0.9 increase is a “recovery”. Don’t you just love their ‘play on words’?) Europe and South America are responsible for much of the growth in stay-over tourism during last September. (Maybe that’s because Americans are smart enough to stay the hell away!)

The number of nights spent on Aruba rose from 369,496 nights in September 2005 to 369,737 nights in September 2006, an increase of 0.1 percent. The average hotel occupancy rate was of 66.6 percent in September this year compared to 69.1 percent in September 2005, a decline of 2.5 percentage points.

A total of 518,580 stay-over arrivals were welcomed on the island in the first 9 months of this year compared to 564,836 arrivals in the same period last year, a decline of 8.2 percent.

Market Performance September 2006

North America

The U.S. remained the most important generating market for Aruba in September 2006, responsible for 61 percent of all arrivals. The island welcomed 29,457 Americans in September 2006 compared to 29,523 Americans in September of last year, a decline of 0.2 percent. A total of 370,123 Americans were welcomed in the first 9 months of 2006 compared to 414,661 Americans in the same period last year, a decline of 10.7 percent.

Stay-over arrivals from Canada fell by 7.2 percent in September 2006. Aruba welcomed 1,141 Canadians in September 2006 compared to 1,230 Canadians in September 2005. Nevertheless the Canadian market is up 3.1 percent to a total of 16,418 arrivals for the first 9 months of this year compared to the same period in 2005.

South America

Venezuela has remained traditionally the second most important generating market for September. A total 8,348 Venezuelans arrived on the island in September 2006 compared to 8,411 arrivals in September 2005, a decline of 0.8 percent. The Venezuelan market has declined by 4.6 percent to 44,185 arrivals in the first 9 months of 2006 compared to the same period last year.

The Argentine market is up by 55.4 percent to 331 arrivals in September 2006, the Brazilian market is up 86.1 percent to 696 arrivals, the Colombian market is up 17.6 percent to 735 arrivals, the Ecuadorian market is up 141 percent to 147 arrivals.


The Dutch market grew strong, 2,725 Dutchmen arrived last September compared to 2,464 Dutchmen in September 2005, an increase of 10.6 percent. The British market fell by 0.9 percent to 955 arrivals, the Spanish market is up 2 percent, the Italian market is down 1.3 percent, the German market is up 9.6 percent, Belgian market is up 2.5 percent, the Swiss market is up 63.1 percent, Swedish market is up 17.3 percent, Norwegian market is down 3.6 percent and the Finnish market is up 96.3 percent.



Anonymous said...

The Aruba brand is soiled, is commonly regarded as a dirty and corrupt "Axxxxxx word" in the corporate and government political circle as long as Aruban government keeps on covering up the crimes of the K2J. AHATA are microreporting the tourists minute spot increases to confuse the American public. The huge amount of giveaway free trips to Aruba in some game shows is just not making any viable economic sense, and very contradicting. Aruba is swallowing poison to prolong the suffering of losing all the American tourists.

Anonymous said...

The 2K Dr Phil lawsuit is a go, a date for the trial will be set very soon. In California system, some cases are bundled to cut cost and increase the effect, very much influenced by the movie makers, for they are the biggest employers and tax contributors. The trial will be conducted in a made for movie manner in a new OJ setting. They don't want to repeat the same OJ trial fiasco. And so did the OJ movies followed. This time it will be big, phenomental. The K2DrP trial will kill the Aruba tourism further down the pipe. Many cruelties made to the American tourists will be exposed. Something like spiking the ladies drink, spiting on the American tourists food, and stealing the girls bikini tops at the pool.

dennisintn said...

and don't forget, these losses to aruba are happening when the aggregate of the rest of the caribbean tourism business is up l8% for the first half of this year.