Published On: Tue, Oct 15th, 2013

Palm talks about Caracasbaai and second mega pier

Stanley PalmWILLEMSTAD - At the conference of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise tourism in Cartagena, Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm held conversations with various parties. Palm talks included a second mega pier and the project Caracasbaai.

Royal Caribbean Cruise has shown great interest in Curacao. John Tercek, president of commercial development of the company, indicated to Minister Palm that the cruise company is interested in the project Caracasbaai and also in a second mega pier in that area. It was agreed upon that the project Caracasbaai would come back on the table. This project should take into account both commercial aspects, nature and the environment. Tercek believes that the project Caracasbaai does not preclude current plans on a second mega pier. The aim is to offer the city center as part of a tour which leaves from Caracasbaai.

Furthermore Palm sat at the table with Stellabatti Enrique Torres, vice president of Pro Export Colombia. The company is interested in a route between the ABC islands and Colombia. There is a working group that will carry out a pilot project to look at how this can be best executed.

Palm also had a meeting with Allan Flores, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, to discuss a cruise connection between the two countries, which will focus mainly on the European market. The Minister also spoke further with Kevin Sheehan, President of the FCCA and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. In the near future Sheehan expects that southern Caribbean will play an important role in cruise traffic. Palm he discussed economic opportunities in that field.

The Minister also met TUI director Thomas Rucht who wants to use Curaçao as home port. Palm promised his best efforts to ensure that indeed this can be accomplished. This year 600 thousand cruise tourists are expected in Curacao, next year there should be 650 thousand.

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