07 February 2020
|Willemstad, February 7, 2020 – Last night, CHATA hosted their Year Opening event surrounded by its members and partners. The event took place at one of the newest hotels in the industry, Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino where the invitees were welcomed at the entrance by captivating fire breathing acrobats as they walked into the event dressed in something white.|
During the event, CHATA’s President and CEO, Miles Mercera, started the evening off with a welcome speech and presentation, highlighting several developments within the Hospitality and Tourism industry. He continued to introduce CHATA’s slogan of the year ‘Tourism 2020: Investing in our People’; stating that the focus this year will be on service. “We strive to continuously work towards improving the hospitality and tourism establishments and the service that is provided to the tourists and our locals. By investing in our people, we are creating a more enjoyable experience for tourists as well as contributing to our local community. We can continue to build hotel rooms and bring in more airlines, but ultimately the most important asset of our destination isn’t our newly renovated airport or a new hotel, it is and will remain our people. Our people represent our island, therefore when someone mentions Curaçao, we want them to associate it immediately with the great service they received when they visited.”, shares Mr. Mercera. One of the many ways CHATA continues to put emphasis on service and the community is with the recently launched ‘Kla Pa Turismo’ project, that focuses on investing in our locals by training them to become skilled, service-minded individuals. On that note, CHATA launched a service video which focuses on all the services provided on our island. The video demonstrates the importance of giving good service to both our local people and our tourists, encouraging them to return back to our island.
The night continued with a surprise donation to the Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao and the Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao where both organizations received a generous donation of ANG 6,000.- from funds that were raised during the Curaçao Dive Festival 2019 organized by Dive Curaçao in collaboration with CHATA. To continue in the trend of giving, the CHATA awards were announced for ‘Employee of the year’, Ms. Ideliënne Reenis from Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino and the ‘Supervisor of the year’, Ms. Iris Faneyt from Avila Beach Hotel. The winners received a CHATA award and were gifted with a round trip ticket powered by Avianca. Mr. Alexis Jake from Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino also received the ‘Curaçao Ambassador Award’ for his efforts and was gifted a round trip ticket powered by Avianca and a weekend-stay at Papagayo Beach Hotel.
Once the presentations and the speeches had been concluded, the guests, amongst them the Chairman of CHATA, Mr. Hans Slier and the Minister of Economic Development, Giselle Mc William, continued to sip their drinks and mingle with each other during an evening of entertainment with DJ Ryan, Juni Juliet and a special appearance by the ‘Rei di Tumba’, Ray Lauffer. The event was catered by Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino and as the night came to an end, fireworks lit up the sky to close off another successful CHATA Year Opening event.
A big thank you to the sponsors of the event, Dreams Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino, Licores Maduro, Polar, Dewar’s, Avianca, Papagayo Curaçao, Inspiración Curaçao, Plantage Mendez Nevez and 3D Curaçao Professional Fireworks Display.