Above: Curacao (CJ Photo)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
The Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao is finding success from new markets, according to a new report from Expedia.
While the US remains the largest source market for the country, followed by the Netherlands, demand grew by more than 90 percent from Brazil in the first three quarters of 2014.
Demand from the source market of Germany increased by 50 percent in the same period, with overall demand on Expedia to Curacao rising nearly 20 percent.
“While the United States and the Netherlands continue to play a vital role in shaping Curacao’s tourism landscape, Brazil and Germany have emerged this year as demand drivers due to increased connectivity within the region,” said Demetrius Canton, director of lodging partner services for the Caribbean at Expedia Group.
Over the first three quarters of 2014, Curacao’s tourism arrivals were down by 0.2 percent for the year, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, with an 18.6 percent drop from the US market and a 5.6 percent increase from the European market.