Curacao is celebrating its Covid rebound with eased entry necessities, a slew of recent lodges below development and new leisure venues open and within the works.
“‘Bon bini’ is our means of claiming ‘welcome’ to every body, and this yr it has much more which means than ever earlier than,” mentioned Hugo Clarinda, deputy director of tourism and at present interim managing director of the Curacao Vacationer Board.
Clarinda, a 20-year veteran within the tourism trade, is a cheerful man today. He mentioned he’d seen “steady development” in U.S. arrivals since July, in addition to from Europe, particularly the Netherlands.
Though customer site visitors dipped a bit this previous winter because of the rise of the Omicron variant, “there’s been an uptick in bookings since then, and our summer time enterprise is trying superb,” Clarinda mentioned.
New resort plans on Curacao
The island has 7,500 rooms open in lodges and resorts, villas, residences and Airbnbs, with greater than 750 extra rooms slated to open within the coming months.
Sandals Royal Curacao, set to open in June 1 with 351 guestrooms and suites in 24 room classes, “could have a huge impact with bookings from the U.S. and will end in expanded airlift,” in keeping with Clarinda.
He added that the island economic system would profit from the hiring of a whole bunch of native residents for the Sandals crew.
Zoetry Curacao Resort & Spa, which opened in December, plans so as to add 52 suites, and the Courtyard by Marriott will open in October.
What’s new in Willemstad
Kura Hulanda within the capital of Willemstad had as soon as been a centerpiece for the island however had fallen into disrepair. The positioning has been bought by eight locals and is being reinvented to serve each as a lodge and a group gathering spot with eating places and nightlife venues. Curacao’s walkable Pietermaai District within the middle of Willemstad has had an enormous makeover after an extended interval of neglect, in keeping with Clarinda.
“It is now energetic, colourful, enjoyable, nice nightlife, eating and leisure. It is an actual draw for guests and buzzes with vitality and exercise,” he mentioned.
One other common space is the historic Punda neighborhood, location of the waterfront assortment of multicolored buildings which are the signature picture of the island.
“There’s loads going everywhere in the island with new eating places, music, stay leisure, artwork galleries, workshops that target ancestral cooking strategies, and all the time the seashores, the waters and the dive websites,” Clarinda mentioned.
Covid entry necessities on Curacao
Curacao welcomes all vacationers, no matter vaccination standing, and
requires solely a web based digital immigration card previous to arrival. Gone
are also the masks mandates, quarantines and the nightly curfew.
Most lodges and resorts provide onsite testing services for vacationers returning to or getting into the U.S.
“Now we have executed effectively with our vaccination campaigns right here,” Clarinda
mentioned. Greater than 80% of the island has been vaccinated and 50% boosted,
Though airlift isn’t but as much as pre-pandemic ranges, it has “strong”
operations going with American’s two every day Miami flights and a weekly
from Charlotte and three JetBlue weekly flights out of Newark, he mentioned.
The vacationer board just lately launched its digital offers portal. Up to date seasonally, the location serves as a useful resource the place vacationers can view the island’s prime provides. The present Spring, Solar and Financial savings seasonal promotion runs by means of June 30 and options discounted charges and VIP perks at 12 collaborating properties.