Fishery and Mining
Agriculture today in Curaçao is done on a relatively small
scale and local farmers grow and export aloes, sorghum, peanuts,
vegetables and tropical fruits.
A large number of people derive either full-time or part-time income
from fishing in Curaçao, while others gain employment building
and repairing fishing vessels thus adding a considerable multiplier
Mijnmaatschappij Curaçao N.V. is a mining company and daughter
company of Janssen de Jong Caribbean. (http://www.mijnmaatschappij.com)
and offers a wide range of products. The demand for high quality
mining products in the U.S. and Europe has increased and resulted
in the company's export of limestone aggregates, boulders, fine
ground limestone and selective mining of limestone. The company's
mining process is fully automated and the products are used in the
concrete, asphalt glass industry and agriculture.
Mijnmaatschapij Curaçao also delivers raw materials for construction
purposes, such as portland cement, high furnace cement, blasting
grit, washed silica sand and sea sand.
The manufacturing industry in Curaçao is relatively small
and focused on the local market. However, the Curaçao government
continues to seek diversification of its and offers an array of
attractive opportunities for foreign investors in the manufacturing
Utilities & Telecom
Water and Electricity is supplied by Aqualectra. Marubeni Corporation,
a U.S. based company, acquired a preferred equity interest in Aqualectra
in 2001. Aqualectra, has electricity generating capacity of 235
MW and drinking water production capacity of 69,000 cubic meters
per day. Aqualectra serves approximately 60,000 electricity and
62,000 water customers in Curaçao.
In addition to its preferred equity interest, Marubeni has committed
to provide technical services to Aqualectra and business and economic
development support to Curaçao.
The water on the island is distilled sea water, electricity on the
island is a bit of a specialty with 127 volts and 50 cycles.
Curaçao has an excellent telecommunications infrastructure
in place. This system features direct telephone links worldwide,
digital and computerized systems, satellite link-ups, and fiber
optic cabling. Internet connections are also available at competitive
prices. The telecommunications industry on Curaçao is currently
re-investing most of its profits into new capital and technologies.
The construction industry is currently thriving in Curaçao
and additional opportunities will open up as the tourism demand
increases as a result of the targeted strategy by the Tourist Board.
Curaçao has many advantages as a transshipment port, leveraging
its exceptional port facilities, modern airport, fully serviced
business parks, multi-lingual population, geo graphic location,
and EU access.
One of the most visible symbols of Curaçao's commitment to
the promotion of international trade is number of facilities offered.
A World Trade Center Curaçao (WTC).
Business parks where long lease sites and multipurpose industrial
buildings are available for rent at very competitive rates in the
fully serviced Industrial Park.
Trading companies can manage their marketing and distribution via
Curaçao's Economic Zones where goods for export can be manufactured,
processed, assembled, packed, exhibited, stored, and released from
bond, all absolutely free from customs duties. In addition, services,
for instance via Internet, may also be provided.
Hotels and Hospitality
Visitors to the island will find that Curaçao is a sophisticated
island and a place that gives very good value for money. Hotels
cater to any size wallet, great or small and hosts its share of
large hotels/resorts, some with casinos, but you'll also find a
selection of smaller hotels and inexpensive guesthouses. Many of
the hotels and resorts are located along the south coast, the beach
areas, and in Willemstad.
Restaurants in Curaçao run the range from elegant dining
to roadside kiosks, with just about everything between. Hotels in
Willemstad restaurants tend to cater to fine dining, while those
along the countryside are best known for tasting seafood and barbecue
dishes. The country also hosts familiar fast-food joints such as
McDonald's and Pizza Hut.
Most restaurants will accept credit cards and traveler's checks,
but not all. Call (or email) ahead to confirm. For evening dining,
it's always best to make reservations. Note that many restaurants
will tack on a 15% service charge to your bill, ostensibly a tip,
but one that is not necessarily given to the wait person. Feel free
to leave something extra. Transportation, Logistics, & Communications
Transportation & Logistics
The existing Curaçao International
Airport, Hato Curaçao's international airport boasts the
longest runway in the Caribbean at 3,410 meters in length and 60
meters in width. The runway is capable of handling almost any type
of aircraft including jumbo jets. more
Financial & Business Services
Curaçao as a financial service center has a proven track
record that goes back many years. The financial sector through its
sophistication and high degree of professionalism has kept its competitive
position in the world.
The financial sector of Curaçao has adopted the Statement
of Principles recommended in 1988 by the International Committee
of Banking Regulations and Supervisory Practices (The Basle Committee).
The Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles has also done its share
to try and "weed out" any and all institutions that willfully
violate the ethical and professional standards of all banks and
Business Services that Curaçao specializes in and excel at
Tax and Legal Services
IT and e-Commerce
Tourists from the Caribbean have longed recognized Curaçao
as a vacation paradise. Europeans have long chosen it as a family
friendly destination of choice because of its sophisticated and
educational tourism options. The first class hotels, wonderful climate,
crystal clear seawater, fascinating architecture, floating market,
pontoon bridge, secluded bays, rich fauna and flora, museums and
the many possibilities for excursions and entertainment make Curaçao
an island with Old World Charm and New World Sophistication. The
true strategic advantage of Curaçao's tourism product is
the authenticity of the experience and the diverse activities available.
Curaçao has its own tropical feel, perennially sunny skies,
warm turquoise waters, and plenty of activities, not to mention
some of the Caribbean's most gracious, hospitable people. "Bon
bini, welcome," the first greeting you're likely to hear in
Papiemento (the local dialect, a medley of Spanish, Portuguese,
Dutch, French and Arawak) is a genuine overture. Visitors cannot
help but be under the influence of the islands architectural charm
of Old World Amsterdam, with buildings embellished with decorative
Curaçao dazzles tourists on first impression, especially
if you enter its capital, Willemstad by cruise ship. Willemstad
has undergone a monumental restoration to preserve its architectural
heritage. Shopping, historic Dutch architecture, nightlife, diving
and snorkeling, Caiquetio paintings, caves, swimming, the Sea Aquarium,
casinos, and restaurants are the island's main attractions.
Curaçao is a good choice for veteran Caribbean visitors who
want to do more than lie on the beach. Its distinctive culture and
varied attractions make a pleasant mixture of things not often found
together in the Caribbean. If sunning on long white-sand beaches
is your goal, you'll probably be happier on another island. A lot
of Curaçao's beaches are rocky.
The floating market is breathtaking and stays in your memory for
a life time. Vendors flaunt their produce, plants and souvenir to
visitors as they pass by in a non threatening way unlike other island
markets. A couple of blocks away stands the Mikve Israel Emanuel
Synagogue. The oldest synagogue in Western Hemisphere, consecrated
in 1732 by Sephardic Jews, has floors carpeted in sand to symbolize
the desert path of the Israelites and the years spent smothering
the sounds of their prayers during the Inquisition. An adjoining
museum unlike any other in the Caribbean region is a treasure trove
of ceremonial and historical artifacts. You can spend days exploring
Christoffel Park, is a rugged 4450-acre wildlife preserve, offers
challenges for bikers, horseback riders and birders. The Boca Tabla
coastal plateau and grotto gives an awesome view of a coral island
that's emerged from the sea. With 38 beaches tucked in coves around
the island, Curaçao is a treat for beach hoppers. Don't miss
the wide curve of pristine sand at the posh Sonesta Resort Hotel.
Big Knip and Small Knip, each protected by coral cliffs, have the
best public beaches. The Seaquarium, meanwhile, offers an exciting
Animal Encounters program: You can swim with stingrays and exotic
fish and sharks through a plexiglas enclosure. (Actually, you're
the one who's enclosed - the sharks swim free.) For more information
call: Curaçao Tourism: 1-800-332-8266 / 212-683-7660
More tourism statistics can be found on the Curacao Tourist Board's corporate website.