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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:00 pm 
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Tourism Boom On The Dutch Islands


August 13th 2008, Aruba.


ORANJESTAD-Aruba is the 4th fastest growing tourism destination in the Caribbean region during
2007. The island welcomed a record number of 772,073 stay-over arrivals during that year, an increase
of 11.2 percent compared to 2006. The statistics were recently updated and released by the
Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Curacao was the fastest growing tourism destination in the Caribbean during 2007, the
neighbouring Dutch island received 299,782 stay-over arrivals, an increase of 27.9 percent
compared to 2006. The Dutch island of St. Eustatius (Statia) placed second, receiving 11,568 stay-
over arrivals, an increase of 20.7 percent. The island of Bonaire ranked third, welcoming 74,309
stay-over arrivals, an increase of 16.9 percent.

Remarkable is that the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) have seen explosive growth
rates in stay-over tourism in the same year. All three islands have benefited from the enormous
surge in arrivals from Venezuela and Colombia in the second half of 2007.

Aruba is the fifth most visited destination in the Caribbean region. The Dominican Republican is by
far the most visited destination (3.9 million stay-over arrivals), followed by Cuba (2.1 million),
The Bahamas (1.5 million), and Puerto Rico (1.4 million).











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