InselAir gets subsidy for promotion
WILLEMSTAD - InselAir receives government grant for the promotional activities they perform for tourism on the island. Until recently, the local aviation company was not eligible, while other airlines did claim this subsidy.
This was reported by the Director of International Affairs Edward Heerenveen to the Dutch newspaper Amigoe.
InselAir has not requested any capital injection and did not request this either, said Heerenveen. This is contrary to what was published this morning.
“This is not true. I do not know where they got this news from. However, we have submitted a request to receive the regular subsidies that all airlines get in connection with promotional activities. So we will receive money for the tourists we bring to the island just as other airlines like KLM, TUI, Air Berlin and JetBlue. We also bring tourists to Curaçao, but we’ve never had an agreement about this. It is the only tangible thing that we get from the government and that is by no means 30 million guilders, as claimed on the cash injection,” said Heerenveen.
The Curacao Tourist Bureau (CTB) has already paid the amount. However, the director does not want to dwell on how much money they received; however he says that it is not about huge sums.