Symposium for American and Canadian Tour Operators
WILLEMSTAD – From December 1 till the 4th, Curaçao is the host of the North American Tour Operator Symposium 2015 (NATOS), which counts on the participation of 27 tour operators from the U.S.A. and Canada. Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA) and partners in the private and public sectors have united once more to realize this symposium, which significantly contributes to the development and growth of the tourism industry.
This symposium gives the participants the opportunity to exchange their ideas with CTB and partners in the private sector on the products Curaçao has to offer. The participants will also receive the opportunity to get to know Curaçao. These types of symposiums are important because they give these tour operators information about the touristic product this destination gives. This information is extremely valuable when preparing vacation packages to sell Curaçao as a destination. Participants at the symposium are Air Canada Vacations, American Airlines Vacations, Booking.com, Bookit.com, Cheap Caribbean, Expedia, General Wholesalers, Hotelbeds.com, Jetblue Getaways, Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas, Ocean Encounters Diving USA, Pleasant Holidays, Priceline.com, Sunwing Vacations, Teamamerica, Tourico Holidays, Transat Holidays, Travel Impressions and WestJet Vacations.
During the opening of the symposium, the participants received a presentation on the Tourism Master Plan, which covers the period 2015 – 2020. It was given by Dr. Croes. They also received a presentation on the marketing for the year 2016 presented by CTB. CHATA elaborated on the products Curaçao has to offer. They focused more on the number of rooms and new attractions. Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) gave information on its work and the expansion plans. Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) elaborated on the various projects already being implemented at the airport including the expansion. The tour of the operators will also include a session of Market place where they will individually meet with the private sector partners.
A special thanks to all the partners that helped in the realization of the NATOS 2015. These are: Sunscape Curaçao Resort Spa & Casino, Hilton Curaçao, Avila Hotel, Pietermaai Smal, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino, Blue Bay Resort, Business Serenity, Fiesta Tours and FBTT.