Sunday , March 26 2023

CBS: More tourists on Bonaire and Saba

As reported by Statistics Netherlands, Bonaire received 5 percent more air passengers as tourists in the first half of 2015 than in the same period in 2014, Saba 4 percent. Tourism to St Eustatius did not increase.

5 percent more tourists to Bonaire
In the first half of 2015, 68.8 thousand tourists landed on Bonaire, an increase of over 5 percent compared to the first six months in 2014. Especially April saw more tourists visiting the island: 1,300 more than one year previously.

cbs1Mainly Dutch visiting Bonaire
More than half of the tourists flying to Bonaire were Dutch nationals. Of this group, 29 percent lived in the European part of the Netherlands, while the other 25 percent were Dutch nationals who lived outside of the Netherlands. The Americans formed the second largest group of tourists with 23 percent.

cbs24 percent more tourists to Saba
Over the first half year of 2015, 5.4 thousand tourists flew to Saba, up 4 percent from the first half of 2014. January was the busiest month.


Tourists mainly Dutch or American
Almost four out of ten tourists flying to Saba had the Dutch nationality. Americans formed the second largest group of tourists with 27 percent. In addition, more Canadians and French flew to Saba than to the other islands of the Caribbean Netherlands.


No increase in tourism to St Eustatius
In the first half of 2015, 5.6 thousand tourists arrived on St Eustatius by airplane, which is equal to the same period in 2014.



Half has the Dutch nationality
Half of the tourists were Dutch while 13 percent were American.


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  1. Drs René Caderius van Veen

    Are they sure that the registration system on Saba is working correctly? I doubt it!!!

  2. Hi René, could you please elaborate? I’m doing some research on this subject so interested in what you have to say. Thanks!

  3. I am wondering how CBS collects information? I haven’t been asked any question traveling in and out of Saba nor did I hear somebody asking. On other islands you have to fill an immigration form, stating the purpose of your visit. That is not the case for Saba and Statia. So: based on what information is that report made? I am asking this question because something can’t be right. I own Scout’s Place along with my husband for 16 years now. Since last year occupancy rates are constantly falling and the percentage of tourists on the island has been a fraction of what we had in all the years before. So: where are all this tourists…and who decides who is tourist and who not? I am wondering.