Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013

Gregory Elias conducts satisfaction survey for CNSJF

Gregory EliasWILLEMSTAD – Gregory Elias, founder of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJF) has been saying for years now that he wants put Curacao in a positive light through CNSJF. During the fourth edition of the festival there were again famous names from the music industry on the stage for many locals and tourists to enjoy.

Elias is still careful to call the festival of this year a success. “I first want to wait for the results of the research and then say whether it was a success or not this year.  We have done this over the past three years. Based on the results we know if we are still on the right track or that we have to do something different.” During the festival, 450 people were interviewed. The research is led by Professor Robertico Croes of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management - University of Central Florida.

Last Saturday one of the highlights of the evening was on stage: Prince. The planning was a performance of an hour. Prince extended this to a concert of two and a half hours to the delight of the audience. Whether this was secretly agreed upon, Elias is very clear: “Prince is known for the fact that if he like the atmosphere somewhere, he will give an encore. Under the contract, he had an hour and fifteen minuts, but he found it necessary to do more than two hours. This is something rare. Last year Carlos Santana also gave an encore. It happens quite often and I can say that it is not by chance.”

Did CNSJF suffer because some visitors could not come due to the bankruptcy of the Dutch Antilles Express (DAE)? I suspect that there were between 200 and 300 people who could not attend the festival. It’s a pity for these people. We ourselves have not encountered any problems, but it is still sad. Especially since people were eager to be there and then this happens. Even though, as organization, we are not responsible, I still want to apologize to these people,” Elias stated.

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