World Tourism Day 2018 to be Celebrated with National Tourism Conference

September 24, 2018

Presented by CTB and its partners…
WILLEMSTAD- September 23, 2018 – Each year on September 27, World Tourism Day is celebrated with the goal of promoting awareness of the importance of tourism, and its social, cultural and economic value. Within the framework of this year’s official celebration, the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO), the Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA), Curaçao Ports Authority (CPA) and Bureau Telecommunicatie & Post (BT&P) will be holding a National Tourism Conference at the World Trade Center coming September 26 and 27. At the conference, a number of local and international speakers will expand on a variety of topics, all directly or indirectly connected to sustainable tourism development.

The conference will include plenary sessions as well as a number of breakout sessions dealing with best practices and strategies in the areas of marketing and product development, which are essential for the growth of Curaçao’s tourism industry. The topics covered will include Security, Air Connectivity to Curaçao, Ground Transportation, Curaçao Tourism Law, New Generation Cruising, Tourism Quality Standards, Digital Marketing and more. On both days, there will also be a luncheon presentation with international speakers. On September 26, Mr. Greg Klassen, a marketing expert from Canada, will be elaborating on the topic: Alternative Ways of Funding Tourism. On World Tourism Day, September 27, Mr. Christopher Castro from Orlando, a sustainable development specialist, will be delivering the topic: The Future of Urban Sustainability and Smart Cities.

The aim of this conference is to consolidate Curaçao’s plans for sustainable tourism development, leading to a true transformation of the industry as a whole, with economic benefits for the larger part of the island’s community. The conference will also serve as an opportunity to jointly assess the progress of the Tourism Master Plan based on the targets agreed and coincide on a future path towards sustainable development.

To view the full program and to register for the free sessions and the luncheon presentations, visit

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