Excellent figures of the increase of ship passengers and crew visiting Aruba from May 1 - Sept 30.
Many folks, start out visiting Aruba by cruise ship and then come back for a land based stay.
ORANJESTAD — Minister of Tourism, Otmar Oduber, is extremely pleased with the results of our cruise industry for the months of May to September. These months are generally regarded as “off-season.” With this year’s results we hardly speak of an “off-season.”
From May to September 2013, Cruise Tourism increased by 144,8%. This is an increase of 69,147 passengers. In 2012 there were 47,765 passengers and in 2013 116,912 passengers.
The Minister had as a goal to see an increase in passengers during the “off-season” to help increase economic activity during this period. This goal was certainly achieved.
According the the mandatary: “Thanks to all the hard work and efforts by The Ministry of Tourism, ATA and APA and to the changes which took place, we were able to convince the cruise lines to visit our island during the off-season.”
With an economic impact of an average of $120 per day per person (study done by the University of Aruba), there is a substantial growth in economic income especially for the months of May to September. This was very important and extremely positive.
Along with the increase in the amount of calls, there was also an increase in the number of crew members. Crew numbered 17,141 to 45,667. This is an increase of 166%. It has been noted that crew members also spend when visiting an island. Hence, the economical impact was substantial.