Curaçao delighted with the arrival of Sandals on a Dutch-speaking island | News
The Curacao government is excited and optimistic about the new foreign investment and revenue Jamaican hotel brand Sandals will bring to their country when it opens soon.
Maria Elena Seferina, Managing Director of Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association, said the gleaner that the hotel will be open next week.
“We are impressed with all the developments on our island, and one of the biggest is, of course, the opening of Sandals Royal Sands Curacao next week. Everything is complete. What we understood, and which we are very very happy, these are perfect developments and our economy is booming,” Seferina said.
She was talking with the gleaner during the opening ceremony for the launch of the Global Trade Symposium at the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort on Tuesday.
Seferina also shared how excited she was for the Sandals brand to be added to hoteliers’ suites in Curacao to help their burgeoning hospitality and tourism industry.
“Curaçao is currently experiencing a wave of new hotel developments and brands, unheard of in our history. From the newly renovated Marriott here, which opened in 2020 – two years ago – to upscale all-inclusive options like Dreams Curacao Resorts and Casino at Zoetry Curacao Resort and very soon, Sandals Royal Sands Curacao will open next week” , she said.
Ruisandro Cijntje, Minister of Economic Development of Curaçao, said the gleaner that they are very proud to have a chain of sandals.
“For us, it’s huge to have Sandals here. Sandals promotes Curaçao very well, so we are more than happy to welcome Sandals this year,” said Cijntje. The Gleaner.
Curacao’s tourism market is now on the road to recovery from previous pandemic-induced closures and restrictions.
In addition to the official opening of Sandals in Curacao, the island is expected to see the opening of other new hotels, such as the Marriott Courtyard and Curacao Elements; and the reopening of Kura Hulanda Botanica.
In February, Sandals reopened its Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island in the Bahamas, with Prime Minister Andrew Holness in attendance.
Curaçao tourist attraction agencies told the gleaner that they are already receiving reservations for the Sandals resort.
Christy Sjollema, Operations Supervisor, Irie Tours, said: “We already have a lot of bookings for our tours [in partnership with Sandals]. Our sunset sails with Sandals are very booked…lots of interest in this tour. We also have an open top bus ride, a city ride, and that is also very well booked…and the catamaran ride is very popular.
She said the tours will include snorkeling stops and an onboard barbecue during the rides.
Its patron, General Manager Sandira Henriquez, added, “We are pleased that Sandals is opening a resort here on the island.”