Monday, July 04, 2011

Tourism Boards from Holland and Bonaire on Statia for meetings

Representatives of the Dutch Bureau of Tourism and Bonaire Director of Tourism arrived on Statia June 22 2011 for a two day visit to discuss Tourism related issues.
While on the island they met with the Commissioner of Tourism Mr. Clyde van Putten, Director of Tourism Mr. Charles Lindo, representative from the Immigration Department Mr. Pierre Pandt, Acting Harbor Master Mr. Austin van Heyningen, Managing Director of St. Eustatius National Parks Ms. Kate Walker and Managers of the various Dive Shops, amongst others.
The purpose of the meetings was to familiarize themselves with the Tourism stakeholders on Statia and to understand what is needed to improve the current situation and formulate new marketing ideas. The first round of meetings were held in the netherlands (Utrecht) in January where the Tourism Directors of Saba and Statia met with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the members of the NBTC (Nederlands Bureau voor Toerisme en Congressen).
Statia’s Tourism Director is very optimistic about the topics discussed in the meetings and look forward to a prosperous working relationship with the Tourism partners on Saba, Bonaire and the Netherlands.