Aruban tourism down again … Tourism down 6.73%for May 2006 as compared to 2005 and down 10.64% year to date, according to what Aruba is reporting.
When will the ATA and Aruban authorities admit that the decline began due to one event and can only be fixed by one occurrence … Justice for Natalee.
Amigoe, August 23, 2006: Fewer tourists in MayÃ‚ Cab drivers feel the falling-off of the number of tourists directly in their wallet.
ARUBA Ã¢â‚¬” 52.050 Tourists visited Aruba in May.Ã‚ That is 6.73 percent less than last year.Ã‚ The decrease was 10.64 percent for the first five months of this year.Ã‚
The United States are still good for more than 74 percent of the total number of visitors, despite an above- average decrease in May and the first five months of this year.Ã‚ The May statistics published by the Aruba Tourism Authority show that tourists from Great Britain increased and that the KLM has transported 20 percent less passengers to Aruba.Ã‚ 39.000 American tourists visited Aruba, which is 6.99 percent less than last year.Ã‚ 215.000 American tourists visited the island in the first five months of this year; 13.9 percent less than in 2005.Ã‚
2.863 Tourists from the Netherlands visited Aruba in May of this year; 9.2 percent less than last year.Ã‚ Compared with May of 2005, 22.97 percent less tourists from Venezuela came to Aruba in May this year.Ã‚ The top three countries with tourists that visited Aruba in May of this year are first the United States, second the Netherlands, and third Venezuela.Ã‚
The increase/decrease percentages of tourists per country (not mentioned above) in May and for the first five months of this year are: Canada, 10.32 decrease in May and 2.11 increase in the first five months; Great Britain, 81.12 increase and also an increase in the first five months; Curacao, 13.59 decrease in May; Brazil, a decrease in May and 16.01 increase in the first five months; Argentina, 12.44 increase in May and 54.43 percent increase in the first five months; Germany, 1.41 increase in May and 11.58 percent decrease in the first five months. Ã‚
Passengers transported from the United States to Aruba in May 2006 compared with May 2005: Ã‚ American Airlines, 1.86 percent more; US Airways, 17.72 percent less; Delta Airlines, 17.35 percent less; Continental Airlines, more; United Airlines, 8.22 percent more.
Avianca transported 18.47 percent more passengers in the first five months of 2006 from Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil to Aruba.