evaluating opportunities in a global market, Investors must first
address a specific project opportunity. However, after the risks and
rewards of a project have been evaluated, the external environment
- or more specifically the economy in which the project exists - becomes
relevant. In other words, it is important to answer the question,
"why Curaçao?" It is our purpose in this Economic
Development Section to share with investors a vision and strategy
for Curaçao that describes a compelling future, and a strategy
to get there. Hopefully, this will provide the context in which you
can envision your project prospering.
In short, we believe the answer to "Why Curaçao?"
is that we are truly defining a new way of life in the Caribbean.
Just as importantly, we have a progressive strategy to grow our economy
that builds upon the strengths of our unique advantages. We invite
you to be a part of The Curaçao Experience.
Curaçao's defining characteristic, both in terms of business
services and the tourism experience is one of sophistication. Curaçao
serves up a culturally enriching quality of life from its selection
of fine dining restaurants to the diversity of its people and their
flair for languages, to the living history of Historical Willemstad.
It can be argued that true sophistication is a product of education;
and this applies to Curaçao whether it is the intellectual
capital that exists in its globally competitive financial sector,
its many museums, the edutainment nature of its activities such as
dolphin therapy, or the campus-like feel of Punda and Otrabanda.
our vision for Curaçao's economic development is based on the
premise that education can be the industry that fuels and defines
tourism, business services, and entertainment. More importantly, education
brings people to Curaçao and keeps the best local minds on
the island. It creates demand for airlift, exposes Curaçao
to potential tourists and business persons, and creates the intellectual
capital that can drive industrial development which in the end feeds
the transshipment sector. We hope to encourage and facilitate investments
in all forms of education and edutainment from international alliances
for higher education to vocational and technical training, to the
arts, maritime, and hospitality training.
Likewise, our vision of Curaçaos economic future is to "Define
a new way of Life" by nurturing the unique characteristics
of "The Curaçao Experience."
This strategy requires the nurturing of the many culturally enriching
characteristics that make Curaçao a sophisticated destination,
and the encouragement of additional investment in culture, arts, entertainment,
education, and niche business and tourism sectors.
a Curaçao that attracts the sophisticated tourist that is seeking
an enriching experience; not just sun, sand, and sea. We expect that
corporations will discover that Curaçao makes sense for corporate
retreats, training, and tradeshows. We anticipate that international
shopping and fine dining will come to define the Curaçao experience,
and companies will seek to locate regional headquarters and e-commerce
operations that leverage Curaçao's first class airport facilities,
deep water port, multi-lingual workforce, educational institutions,
sophisticated financial sector, and tremendous quality of life.
We hope our vision of Curaçao's future includes you and that
we may help facilitate your business or personal objectives in Curaçao.