Willemstad – October 27, 2022 – On October 27, the festive groundbreaking ceremony of the learning hotel/hospitality experience centre took place at the John F. Kennedy Boulevard (the former Hector Suites Hotel). In this learning hotel students in the field of hospitality and tourism are educated to become professionals.
At the groundbreaking ceremony the Minister of Education, Mr. Sithree van Heydoorn and the Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Ruisandro Cijntje were also present. They emphasized the importance of the hospitality experience centre for Curaçao and the Caribbean region.
The learning hotel stems from the foundation Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre (CHTTC). The foundation CHTTC is a collaboration between the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA) and ROC Mondriaan in The Hague. There is furthermore a close collaboration with the educational institutions Maris Stella SBO, Nilda Pinto SBO and the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises Da Costa Gomez (UoC) and also with the government, businesses and other partners.
The learning hotel does not have a name yet. By means of a competition that will be launched, a name for the learning hotel will be chosen.
The aim is to conduct a thorough renovation, after which the learning hotel will be ready for use by students and hotel guests in the first quarter of 2023.