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In 2017, inbound tourism on Bonaire, St Eustatius, and Saba declined by 5, 5 and 9 percent respectively. Although the first eight months of 2017 were good for tourism, on Saba and St Eustatius this positive development was completely offset by Hurricane Irma. On Bonaire, the decline in inbound tourism compared to 2016 was likely due to operational problems of a regional airline.

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.

For further information, see https://www.infobonaire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PAPER-TOURISM-CN-2017-ENG.pdf.

See https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/artikelen/achtergrond/2015/14/toerisme-in-caribisch-nederland-2014/toerisme-caribisch-nederland-2012-2014.

(Source:  Central Bureau of Statistics)

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