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ABC Islands Set Unprecedented Tourism Records in Historic Surge

ABC Islands Set Unprecedented Tourism Records in Historic Surge

Tourism Soars: ABC Islands Report Unprecedented March Visitors

March has proven to be a game-changer for the ABC Islands—Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao—as they welcome a historic surge in tourist arrivals, setting new records and signaling a significant win for Caribbean tourism.

Aruba Takes the Lead

Aruba is at the forefront of this tourism wave, witnessing a remarkable influx of departing and arriving passengers, totaling 150,151 and 151,654 respectively—a milestone for the island. The introduction of “Super Saturdays” at Aruba Airport, processing up to 5,000 to 6,000 passengers daily, underscores the magnitude of this surge. Impressively, this surge propelled Aruba Airport to surpass its own records, outdoing figures from 2016 by 25%.

Exceeding Expectations

Aruba’s popularity has exceeded expectations, prompting airlines to expand their capacity. By March 2024, the island welcomed a total of 141,380 stayover visitors, marking a staggering 25.8% increase from the previous year, with the majority hailing from North America.

Accommodation Diversity

Visitor accommodation preferences showcased a diverse range, with a notable uptick in alternative options such as short-term vacation rentals (STVRs). European Plan hotels, All-Inclusive resorts, and Timeshares also experienced robust patronage, catering to the diverse needs of Aruba’s visitors.

Curaçao and Bonaire Join the Success

Curaçao and Bonaire have also experienced a surge in tourist arrivals, contributing to the region’s overall success. Curaçao celebrated a historic milestone with 63,556 stayover tourists in March 2024, marking an impressive 38% increase from the previous year. Similarly, Bonaire recorded a significant milestone with 18,169 visitors, representing a nearly 10% increase from 2023.

Looking Back on 2023

Despite global challenges, all three islands demonstrated resilience and growth in tourism throughout 2023. Aruba welcomed 1.24 million tourists, Curaçao closed the year with 582,409 tourists, and Bonaire received 169,706 tourists, showcasing sustained progress in the sector.

Commitment to Sustainable Growth

The Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A.) remains dedicated to sustainable tourism development, emphasizing the “High Value-Low Impact” model. By prioritizing quality tourism experiences and managing carrying capacity, Aruba aims to position itself as a sustainable destination while fostering economic growth.

The record-breaking tourism surge across the ABC Islands not only underscores their collective appeal as travel destinations but also highlights the resilience and dedication of local tourism authorities to sustainable growth in the region.

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