August 31, 2023 –WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Tourism Board (CTB), in collaboration with partners from the hospitality sector, recently embarked on a transformative 3-day event in Suriname. The Curaçao Fest 2023, focused on fostering stronger relationships and partnerships in Suriname while igniting the desire among consumers to experience the vibrant charm of Curaçao during their upcoming September vacations. The event showcased accommodations and offered attendees a taste of the rich culture and beauty of Curaçao. The Curaçao Fest 2023 was visited by 20 media outlets, 30+ travel agents, and 700+ people at the consumer event.
The first day of Curaçao Fest was dedicated to engaging with press members, where a typical Curaçao breakfast set the tone for an insightful day. Attendees were treated to presentations on local hotels, followed by a compelling overview by the Regional Manager of the Caribbean, Ms. Elaine Hart – Francisca who shared the latest activities, upcoming events, and developments in Curaçao, immersing the press members in the island’s dynamic landscape. An interactive art workshop led by the local artist Avantia Damberg added a creative touch, allowing press members to craft their own art on tote bags inspired by iconic images of Curaçao. The event garnered the presence of influential media outlets in Suriname.
Day 2 centered on equipping travel agents with the tools they needed to promote and sell Curaçao effectively. The travel agents received in-depth presentations from Ms. Hart-Francisca and hotel partners; Courtyard by Marriott Curaçao, Harbor Hotel & Casino Curaçao and Brion City Hotel, empowering them to showcase the unique lodging offerings of Curaçao to potential travelers.
The event culminated with a vibrant consumer show at the new International Mall Suriname. Over 20 partner stands, including airlines, travel agencies, and hotels, adorned the venue, inspiring visitors to envision their next vacation. Attendees indulged in Curaçao’s culinary delights with ‘pan ku stobá’ presented in a truk’i pan. Guests had the opportunity to participate in an art workshop guided by Avantia Damberg and embraced the island’s culture through a Tambú dance workshop. The backdrop, reminiscent of Curaçao’s iconic ‘Handelskade’, transported visitors to the heart of the island.
CTB extends gratitude to its hotel partners, including Courtyard by Marriott Curaçao, Harbor Hotel & Casino Curaçao & Brion City Hotel, and the local artist Avantia Damberg, for their invaluable contributions to the success of Curaçao Fest 2023.