Monthly Archive: December 2014

Dec 19

Room inventory update

Dear Tourism Partner, Due to the changes in 10/10/2010 the Immigration removed the E/D cards from operation. Since January of this year we started a pilot project introducing the Bonaire Non Resident Cards which was not obligatory to be filled out. This was handed out on United Airlines, Ark Fly and Insel Air. We have …

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Dec 18

Holiday Greetings from TCB

TCB TEAM 2014

Dec 18

www.tourismbonaire.com now also available in Dutch

You may have seen TCB’s new website: www.tourismbonaire.com already. But since a few weeks also the Dutch version is live! Great news, as we are again able to create new landing pages, and inform the Bonaire fan’s in our biggest market about everything that’s going on in Bonaire.

Dec 18

TCB present at Caribbean Latin Workshop

Last November TCB Europe was presented during the third edition of the Caribbean Latin Workshop. This workshop took place in Rotterdam on a cruise ship. TCB had a table during the speed-date sessions where over 150 travel agents visited our table. They were informed about the latest island news and developments, and had the change …

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Dec 18

Photos shoot VROUW Magazine (part of the Telegraaf) on Bonaire

Next month, the crew of VROUW Magazine will be visiting Bonaire. They are on island for several photo shoots. In total a number of 10 articles are made. They will be published during 2015. The crew and models are staying at Harbour Village, and the photo shoots will take place at several beautiful spots on …

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Dec 18

Preparations for shows in Europe

We are busy with the preparations for the upcoming shows in Europe. To start with, TCB will be present at the Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht in January. Like always the trade-day (January 13.) is a very important day for Bonaire. That’s where we have our Bonaire moment and we hand out the Bonaire promotion prize, and …

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Dec 18

Bonaire featured in National Geographic’s Marine Life

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“Marine Life”, that’s the name of the new documentary shown on National Geographic Channel. This documentary, divided in 5 parts is all about the beautiful and spectacular waters around the globe. During 5 weeks, every Friday at 8 PM, one part of the documentary is broadcasted on FOX Channel in the Netherlands. The coral reefs …

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Dec 18

Vara Vroege Vogels on Bonaire wins CTO Media Awards

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This summer the Dutch TV-show Vara Vroege Vogels visited Bonaire. This TV program showed some interesting nature related topics on Bonaire. They’ve visited the Echo program, the re-foresting projects and the coral restoration project. Last month, the show was chosen as the winner of the CTO Media Awards in the categories TV and Radio. Producer …

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Dec 18

Tourism Corporation Bonaire with internal organizational changes in 2015

Tourism Corporation Bonaire would hereby like to announce that as of January 1st, 2015 the current Director of Tourism, Mr. Ethsel Pieternella will no longer be part of the TCB team. The increasing number of Stay-Over tourists, the more  than doubling of the number of cruise ship tourists and the new “12 Month High Season …

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Dec 17

Crew from cruise ship clean our beaches

On November 19th 2014, during Royal Caribbean Explorer’s of the Seas call to Bonaire, a group of approximately 20 crew members were transported by Bonaire Destination Services to the Willemstoren Lighthouse to clean one of our beaches, under the guidance of STINAPA they collected a large amount of debris dumped on our East Coats by …

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Dec 17

Cruise Tourism Update

The Cruise season 2014-2015 is in full swing; as the end of 2014 is coming closer, we are entering a new era for Cruise Tourism in Bonaire; 2015 will show very strong numbers of passengers arrivals to our beautiful island. During the month of October a delegation from Bonaire headed by TCB Director Ethsel Pieternella …

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Dec 17

Bonaire Total Arrivals until October 2014

The total passenger arrivals until October 2014 has been 135.054 compared to 138.660 in 2013.  Arrivals from Europe and USA remain strong. Europe saw an increase of 11.21%  while USA had an increase of 11.28%. TCB projects that for 2014 the year will close positively. For more information please review the table below: Total arrivals …

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Dec 17

5th Annual FCCA Gift Project

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The 5th Annual FCCA (Florida Caribbean Cruise Association) Gift Project was a great success at Jong Bonaire! Over 200 kids from various districts attended to receive gifts from Santa! A group of 30 crew members from the Explorer of the Seas volunteered with the gift project. The kids had a wonderful time. Thanks to all …

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Dec 17

Bonaire promoted at Ladevi magazine that reaches travel agencies in Colombia

As part of the TCB strategy to support Insel Air’s expanding service to key cities in Colombia – announcing operation to Cali and Bucaramanga – in early 2015 we will be focusing deep within the leisure and eco adventure segment complementing the dive niche arriving on island. After negotiating rate conditions with Ladevi, we are …

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Dec 17

Bonaire “Point to Point” by Federico Cabello

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The well-known underwater photographer Federico Cabello has completed his ambitious project; to dive, photograph and document all of Bonaire’s more than ninety official dive sites in a book that is already available at the book stores. The Point to Point coffee table book contains over 500 photographs (almost two years of constant research). It takes …

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Dec 17

A success Bonaire Photo Contest 1st edition !

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Our Bonaire Photo Contest is almost culminating.  Next Thursday December 18th  Bonaire will announce the six winning pictures of the Bonaire Photo Contest 2014.   From all the pictures received by TCB, 92 images were pre-selected by international judges from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico giving them a rating on a scale of 1 to …

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Dec 17

Insel Air starts 2 weekly flights to Manaus (Brazil)

Insel Air is announcing – as of January 14th, 2015 – to operate 2 weekly flights from Aruba to Manaus. An introductory fare will be launched by the airline to its newest destination operated by a Fokker 70.  A round trip from Bonaire will cost USD 325 including taxes. As you may know, all major traffic …

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Dec 17

Looking forward to a 2015 of close cooperation with you and our trade partners at each market!

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As the year 2014 draws to a close, we carry much expectations into the challenging 2015. May this new year bring with it more improvement of the airlift to Bonaire from within our region.  During the recent ROUTES meetings in Chicago, Latin American carriers were provided with the Bonaire market forecast study from ASM Global. …

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Dec 17

Bonaire delegation reports positive outcome from World Routes

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The Annual World Routes Conference which took place September 20-23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois was a successful event for Bonaire! The Bonaire delegation, headed by Commissioner of Tourism Edsel Winklaar, included Ethsel Pieternella, Director of Tourism, and Candice Adams Kimmel, the TCB Representative in North America, held substantive discussions with the largest number of carriers …

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Dec 17

Bonaire leaves its footprint in Las Vegas community

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This year at DEMA Show, the Bonaire Pavilion exhibitors decided to take their conservation practices to another level. Rather than discarding the chairs, tables, cabinets and other items including plants and a printer, the members of the Pavilion donated their materials they used to four local charities post DEMA Show. The charitable organizations that received …

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Dec 17

Bonaire Rocks Dema Show 2014

Bonaire Rocks Dema Show 2014

As a fun way to drive traffic to the Bonaire Pavilion during DEMA Show, TCB-NA launched their Bonaire Rocks DEMA Show contest. The contest served as one of TCB’s marketing tools for the Show that leveraged Bonaire’s scuba diving product by building awareness around the island’s signature rocks that are placed around the island to …

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Dec 17

Bonaire stands out at DEMA Show 2014

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From November 19 -22, 2014, a delegation from Bonaire participated again in the 37th Annual DEMA Show. This year the Show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, LV. The Bonaire delegation headed by Ethsel Pieternella, Director of Tourism included Malinda Hassell, Marketing Supervisor, TCB-HQ, Mr. Rolando Marin, TCB-HQ, Ms. Yasmin …

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Dec 17

Bonaire “fakecation”

Fakecation

Continuing our efforts to promote the new Delta Friday flight to Bonaire, TCB-NA launched the Turn Your Bonaire Fakecation Into a Realcation, October 7, 2014. The sweepstakes was open to contestants October 7 – November 10, 2014. To enter, contestants had to create a Fakecation picture that included a photo of Bonaire’s scenery, and a …

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Dec 17

Media Buzz about Bonaire!

LA Travel Magazine (Circulation: 50,000 per issue) Bonaire was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of LA Travel Magazine. Entitled “Nothing Beats Bonaire,” the article describes Bonaire as one of the best scuba diving destinations, and highlights its on-island adventures including windsurfing, horseback riding, caving and more. To read this article click here. This placement …

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