Willemstad, (October 7th 2017), On Friday October 6th CHATA Members had the opportunity to elect 2 new board members for the interim period until the scheduled board elections of 2018.
According to President & CEO Miles Mercera, it was a tight race between the six candidates that put themselves up for election for the 2 available interim hotel positions on the CHATA Board. In total CHATA received 577 valid votes, of which 329 went to Edward Suares from Lions Dive & Beach Resort followed by Alette Borger from Dolphin Suites with 284 votes. President & CEO Miles Mercera is convinced that the newly appointed interim board members will continue with the mission and vision of CHATA and contribute to the development of a sustainable tourism industry with a strong focus on public and private partnership.
During the meeting CHATA also provided the members with an overview of the performance of tourism and the current projects which are being undertaken by CHATA and the sector in general.
One of the notable projects include the partnership of CHATA with Greenkidz where forces will be joined to educate the youth about the importance of Tourism and Sustainability. Furthermore, CHATA also provided the membership with a sneak peak of their new InCuraçao product in partnership with Fortress Interactive. CHATA also informed its members about the launch of the “Curaçao on the Map” project which was officially launched on October 5th in partnership with CTB, Dolfijn FM, UTS, Profound Projects, the Government of Curaçao and Bureau Telecommunicate & Post. Furthermore, CHATA elaborated on important developments within the sector such as the restructuring of the CTDF Board and search for a new CEO for CTB, the creation of a task force for the implementation of a level playing field within the sector and the rising need for additional airlift for Curaçao. As Miles Mercera stated, “One of the biggest hurdles facing the industry today is the limited amount of airlift of Curacao. Our visitors demand direct connectivity, something which we are not able to offer at the moment”
In addition to the interim Board Elections CHATA also invited several keynote speakers to share their vision on important subjects for the industry with the purpose of keeping members up to date with current affairs and to spark creative ideas and collaboration between its members. CHATA invited a representative of CINEX, Mr. Raymond Jamanika to give a presentation on the importance of Investment for the Tourism Industry. CHATA believes that it is of great importance for the private sector and government to invest in the development of our tourism product in order for our destination to meet the demands of the tourists we are trying to attract.
Next, Van Eps Kunneman & van Doorne elaborated on issues which are of importance for businesses in the unfortunate event of natural disasters. Natural disasters can have serious negative affects for many businesses. In the unfortunate event that business can no longer operate business owners have to take the difficult decision of terminating employment agreements. Mrs. Molly Steward and Mrs. Tiffany de Palm elaborated on the considerations business owners should take in the case of such an occurrence.
Finally, CHATA concluded the Member Meeting with an inspiring speech by the President of FDKK Mr. Takaidzwa Doran who elaborated on the benefits of Sport Tourism for the Island. According to Mr. Doran, Curaçao holds untapped potential to develop as a sport tourism destination. Members showed great interest in this subject and CHATA stated that it will continue to explore possibilities together with FDKK to further develop the idea of sport tourism on Curaçao.