2022 in comparison with 2019
ATA informs that in March our destination received a total of 95,912 stay-over visitors. Comparing March 2022 with March 2019, which was the last normal year of tourism, it is seen that Aruba recovered with 90% of what was received in March 2019.
The three markets that were being highlighted more in the number of tourists that visited in March 2022 and also in the degree of recovery were the United States with 78,358 visitors, which represents a degree of recovery of 94% in comparison with March 2019, The Netherlands with 4,229 visitors, which constitutes a degree of recovery of 119% in comparison with March 2019, and Colombia with 1,932 visitors, which represents a degree of recovery of 91% in comparison with March 2019.
2022 in comparison with 2021
2022 started with a sturdier and stable growth compared to 2021, even when you could see a slight fall in recovery in January in comparison with the last 8 months of 2021. Nevertheless, the recovery in February and March is significantly positive.
Comparing March 2022 with March 2021, you could see a growth of 95.9% in the number of stay-over visitors, from 48,967 visitors to 95,912 visitors.
Comparing March 2022 with March 2021, you could see once again that the three markets that are growing in the number of stay-over visitors are the United States, with a growth of 80.6%, The Netherlands with an increase of 2,649 stay-over visitors, which represents a growth of 167.7%, and Colombia, with an increase of 725 stay-over visitors, which constitutes a growth of 60.1%.
North America remains the sturdiest market for Aruba, and in March 2022, a total of 82,436 North American visitors came to Aruba, which is 85.9% of total stay-over visitors. In March 2022, Europe brought 6,269 visitors to Aruba, which is 6.5% of the totality of stay-over visitors. A total of 5,027 visitors, which represents 5.2% of stay-over visitors, came from Latin America; and 2.3% of the total stay-over visitors for March 2022, which was 2,180 visitors, came to our island from different parts of the world.
The first quarter of 2022
In the first three months of 2022, Aruba received a total of 233,666 stay-over visitors, which represents a degree of recovery of 79% compared to the same months of 2019.
Tourism credits/ Central Bank of Aruba
Per the Central Bank, the Tourism Credits(previously called Tourism Receipts) contributed AWG 2,120.10 million into our economy during the first, second, and third quarters of 2021, 48% more compared to the same period in 2020. This is debited to the Covid 19 pandemic, during which Aruba closed its borders temporarily from mid-March 2020 to July 2020.