In April 2021, Aruba welcomed a total of 53.556 tourists from the United States and 2.530 tourists arriving from miscellaneous European destinations. A total of 1.655 visitors arrived from South American countries and 1.033 visitors from regional Caribbean islands/countries.
The Cruise industry has seen a complete halt since the beginning of the pandemic. Those cruise ships docked at the port are on standby for instructions, or on “warm Lay-up”, meaning that they are ready to go cruising as soon as Cruise operations restart. Warm Lay-ups generate a certain degree of income for the economy as they get their supplies from the local markets. There are no guests on the cruise ships and only have a skeleton crew. They all have to comply strictly with the local and international Covid19 safety protocols.
What to expect for the remainder of 2021?
Based on the many developments and analyzing the airlift, the forecast for the second quarter shows a potential growth of 15% to 37% compared to the first quarter of 2021 in which Aruba welcomed 112,317 tourists.
The revised projection indicates that Aruba will close 2021 similar to the “cautiously optimistic” scenario (recuperation vs. 2019: 55%) instead of the ‘conservative’ scenario (recuperation vs. 2019: 45%). When comparing the first quarter of 2021 with the first quarter of 2019, it showed a recuperation grade of 49%. When comparing this with the first quarter of 2019, the recovery grade for quarter 1 of 2021 is 38%.
TOURISM CREDITS / CENTRAL BANK OF ARUBA
According to the Central Bank of Aruba, the so-called ‘Tourism Credits’ (previously known as ‘Tourism Receipts’) for 2020 indicated a contribution of AWG 1.905.2 million in the economy which is 49% lower compared to 2019. This was caused by the global pandemic that caused Aruba to close its borders temporarily with the world from March 2020 to July 2020. Similar to other destinations, Aruba is also going through some challenging times thanks to the pandemic. The effects of the vaccination program are obvious and playing a very important role in the recovery. The way the locals have been complying with the safety protocols has also contributed to the increase in tourism as the daily amount of new cases has decreased substantially. All these efforts are helping to bring back our tourism and help with the recovery of our island.
Together we can overcome this and recover our island so that tourism can blossom again.