The Impact of Tourism on Curaçao’s Economy: A Scenario Approach

As of 2010, Curaçao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The government wants to support tourism development. However, various development strategies are possible. This article presents four scenarios of marketing and investment strategies that will affect the number of tourists from The Netherlands and North America (USA and Canada) in different ways. A multiplier model was used to calculate the economic impacts of the four scenarios. By doing so, this article shows how the government’s decision to support particular marketing and investment strategies may have certain outcomes for the number of jobs in Curaçao’s tourism industry.

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