High expectations after lifting visa requirements for Colombians
WILLEMSTAD – “It’s going quite well with Colombia’s economy in recent years. For Curaçao there are great opportunities in the financial sector and the import and export,” said the General Manager of the Sonesta Kura Hulanda and Lodge Kura Hulanda, Jeanette Bonet. These hotels are operated by the Colombian GHL group. Bonet is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the tourism bureau CTB.
The lifting of visa requirements for Colombians will have a major impact on traffic between the South American country and the island. And the number of flights between the two countries will increase rapidly. Bonet also indicated that the island has seen a significant increase in visits by the easing of the visa regime. “Now the access is fully open it will have a positive effect on both tourism and business traffic,” said Bonet.
According to the hotelier the lifting of the visa requirements is of particular importance for visitors from outside the capital, Bogota.
“Business men from Colombia, who usually reside in Bogota already had U.S. visas, so it wasn’t difficult for them to travel to Curaçao, but now we are giving the opportunity for others to travel to Curaçao.”