BELLEVUE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world's largest online travel company, has reported that travel demand for Curacao has continually grown in 2013, with nearly 40,000 room nights garnered via the company’s platforms within the first three quarters of the year, with more than one-third of these bookings attributed to vacation packages.
The Expedia Market Management team participated in the North American Tour Operators Symposium in Curacao, from December 3-6, 2013, in order to reinforce the company’s commitment to hotel partners in the region and analyze new trends and online marketing tools and programs that could provide increased visibility and incremental demand for the island.
New data from Expedia group indicates that the United States remains the key feeder market for Curacao, with a steady increase in travel demand through the third quarter of 2013 of more than 18 percent year over year. The company also reports a triple digit percentage increase in demand since 2009.
Also, within the first nine months of 2013, the Netherlands maintained its position as the second most important market of origin for the destination on all Expedia platforms, showing more than a 40% increase in travel demand. The Expedia group -- which has almost tripled hotel partners in Curacao since 2009 -- is also pleased to report strong growth in travel demand to the destination from the below markets up to the third quarter of 2013, when compared to the previous year:
• Germany, with 40 percent growth
• Canada, with 35 percent growth
“Strong vacation packages and increased connectivity has resulted in substantial growth for the destination of Curacao,” said Brett A. Minzner, area manager for the Expedia group in the Caribbean. “Hotel partners in Curacao are experiencing the benefits of partnering with Expedia vacation packages, as travel demand is increasing in markets such as the United States and Netherlands, while Sweden, an emerging market, is reporting substantial growth.”