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CHATA Hosts second Membership Meeting 2024

During the second quarterly meeting for the members and board members of the Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA), president of the Board, Mimi Luttge, gave an opening speech, after which several speakers gave inspiring presentations about developments in the field of tourism in Curaçao. The outlook is very positive, with significant growth in hotel capacity, number of tourists and international flights.

According to Anuschka Cova, the new CEO of CHATA, the high economic impact of tourism is clearly visible. This is evident from the increasing trend in the number of visitors and hotel rooms, which shows confidence of the investors and the potential for further growth of the tourism sector. Cova also emphasized the importance of collaboration within the sector and with government and other stakeholders. “We need to join forces and do so to ensuring training and focus on our services, human capital and infrastructure,” said Cova.

Research by the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS), presented by Candice Henriquez, also shows that the economic impact of tourism is indisputable. Muryad de Bruin, Director of the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), confirmed this growth and stated that they will continue marketing activities for Curaçao to various international target groups. He emphasized the importance of retraining and further training of staff for a better connection with the professional field and the experience of tourists. Peggy Croes, Senior Vice President of Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP), presented the projected flights for the coming year, which show an increase compared to previous years. CAP is aware of the logistical challenges in and around the airport and is committed to sustainable improvements.

Michelle Metsch from Downtown Management Organization (DMO) gave an inspiring presentation about concrete plans for the revival of Punda. This requires not only (financial) resources, but also the support of the entire community, the private sector and the government, so that Punda becomes a major tourist attraction again.

In addition, CHATA proudly announced that they are encouraging students to study in the hospitality sector. As a gesture of their commitment, CHATA is offering hospitality scholarships this year to two students from the University of Curaçao: first-year student Kyziah Werleman and second-year student Clarise Kirindongo, both of whom were surprised with this news today. Various presentations also emphasized how important human capital is. The CHATA HR Taskforce is fully established and led by Simone Garbelman. The message was clear: we will continue to grow, with a view to sustainable growth. CHATA continues to work with the government, members and other stakeholders to safeguard this largest pillar of the economy. CHATA also welcomed 10 new members, with another five members joining next month. CHATA will organize its next membership meeting in September to continue sharing relevant developments in the tourism sector.

CHATA is very grateful to all sponsors who contributed to the Membership Meeting, MCB, Building Depot and Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort.

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