Published On: Sat, Dec 15th, 2012

Starting May 2013 Curacao will be port of embarkation for Pullmantur Cruises

WILLEMSTAD – Under the slogan "Bon Bini na Bordo", which translates as "Welcome aboard" the island of Curaçao announces the arrival of Pullmantur, one of the major cruise brands in Europe.

Since May 2013, each week Curaçao will be the port of embarkation for cruise travelers interested in enjoying Pullmanturs itinerary which offers "West Indies and South Caribbean" aboard the Monarch.

This will be the first time that passengers can board a cruise from the Caribbean island. The announcement was made on August 27, after months of negotiations between Pullmantur, the Curaçao Tourist Board and the Port Authority of Curaçao.

Presiding over the red carpet ceremony marking the occasion, Hakim Nasser, former Minister of Economic Development of Curacao, said at that time that "this partnership will not only increase tourism to Curaçao, but also stimulate the hospitality and commerce, and create new employment opportunities to our island. "

Moreover, for tourists in the Caribbean, the announcement represents a new opportunity to enjoy the region. The Pullmantur cruiser "all inclusive" will be 8 days going to Panama, Colombia, Curaçao, Aruba and Caracas, having Curaçao as homeport. “We expect more than 145,000 visitors, and that 3,000 of these travelers who spend extended time in Curacao, either with a stay before or after the cruise,” Hakim stated.

The alliance with Pullmantur is a further step in connecting Curaçao with the international market, with the goal of generating increased tourism and support the economic development of the island. "We are focused on increasing our connections via Curacao by sea and air. This partnership is an important step for us, because with this agreement the island becomes a home port for one of the largest ships of this important cruise operator," said Hakim.

Also Ghatim Kabbara, CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Office, said: "This deal will increase tourist traffic to the island and further boost trade to our hotels, tourist services, operators on the island, as well as restaurants and shopping trade ".

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