The Central Bureau of Statistics releases Bonaire’s 2016 tourism statistics indicating stability.
2016 Arrivals by air and via cruise ship.
In 2016, Bonaire received approximately 136,000 tourists who arriving by air. This number is, more or less, the same as in 2015. A total of 217,000 cruise ship passengers visited Bonaire, down 6% from the previous year.
The drop in cruise ship arrivals was partly related to the fact that several previously announced cruises to Bonaire were cancelled, and also to Hurricane Matthew, which swept through the Caribbean between late September and early October.
2016 overnight stays are in excess of 1 million.
In 2016, one in ten air tourist arrivals on Bonaire only stayed on the island for one day, not spending the night. The majority of those who did stay overnight did so for one to seven days, with a peak at seven days. Altogether, tourists spent around 1.1 million nights on Bonaire last year.
Origin of inbound tourists.
The island of Bonaire, along with sister islands Saba and St Eustatius, mainly attract tourists from the European Netherlands, the Caribbean Netherlands, and the United States. Most visitors on the three islands are between 30 and 60 years old.
(Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, Caribbean Netherlands)
Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.