Published On: Fri, Oct 7th, 2016

CHATA Member meeting third quarter

chata2WILLEMSTAD – Yesterday, CHATA held its third quarter Member Meeting at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. This Member Meeting was characterized by an incredible ensemble of international speakers and an Italian Lunch Buffet prepared by the Curaçao Culinary Team.

CHATA gave an update on the hotel performance and state of our tourism industry calling for all partners to work together in order to achieve an increase in occupancy and room nights.

Edward Suares in representation of CTB gave an update on the ‘’Right Now in Curaçao’’ campaign explaining the progress that has been made and gave a glimpse into the new commercial featuring our own Churandy Martina. He also shared tips on the current trends in Europe.

Joanie van der Sande of Auxilia gave an inspiring out-of-the-box outlook on personal leadership and personal development. Her speech was highlighted by the topic of personal integrity which is a hot topic in Curaçao.

Kimberley De L’isle of VanEps Kunneman vanDoorne law firm elaborated ‘’No work, No pay’’ principle, suspension of employees and maternity leave among other employee benefits. CHATA chose to shed a light on this particular topic since various members had questions with regards to the general strike of a few weeks ago.

IATA’s Caribbean Area Manager, Annaleen Bobb gave a thought-provoking insights on the airline industry and how Caribbean airports are performing. She elaborated on the expected increase in travelers in the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic and Cuba, and how governments can make or break a destination with unnecessary regulations.

During the lunch provided by the Curaçao Culinary Team, world renowned Adweek writer, Christine Birkner talked about how hotels in Curaçao can attract millennial travelers which are more prone to book a stay on AirBnb. She recommended that hotels invest in guest research and make sure each location and/or room has a different vibe and aura to them.

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