Published On: Wed, Sep 12th, 2018

Troubled hotels do not affect tourism growth

P1100447WILLEMSTAD - According to the CEO of the Curaçao Hotel and Tourism Association (CHATA), Miles Mercera, the bankruptcy of four large hotels on the island is not representative of the current development of the tourism sector on the island. These hotels are Plaza, Howard Johnson, Veneto and Kura Hulanda.

The tourism sector accounts for more than 20 percent of the gross national product (GDP) of Curaçao. According to Mercera, there are plenty of vacancies for hotel staff that are currently without a job. "Tourism consists not only of hotels but also of various sub-sectors such as diving schools, restaurants and housekeeping companies."

CHATA disputes the perception that all hotels on the island are in difficulties and that this has an impact on the tourism sector. According to Mercera, this year there is a strong growth in the price per room per night and also in hotel occupancy. "Compared to the Caribbean, we are roughly the average in terms of hotel occupancy. Only with the price per room per night is Curaçao a bit lower.

But this has nothing to do with these hotels. "We are actually in favor of closing the old hotels for 1 or 2 years, getting a new buyer, making an investment and reopening with a good product. This is also happening elsewhere in the world, "emphasizes Mercera.

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