Tourism in the Caribbean Netherlands down in 2017


In 2017, approximately 128.5 thousand tourists arrived on Bonaire by air, down 5 percent on 2016. This was probably due to operational problems of a regional airline. The majority of foreign tourists were either Dutch or US nationals. On the other hand, cruise tourism to Bonaire grew by as much as 88 percent to 407 thousand passengers in 2017. Bonaire has done its best to attract more cruises to the island. Furthermore, the number of cruise passengers in the Caribbean as a whole went up in 2017.

St Eustatius

The first eight months of 2017 were good for inbound tourism on St Eustatius: 10 percent growth compared to the same period in 2016. This growth was completely undone by the arrival of Hurricane Irma in September, which deterred many tourists. November and December did bring…

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