KRALENDIJK, Bonaire – The Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Director of Tourism, Mr. Maurice Adriaens. As the Director of Tourism Mr. Adriaens will be responsible for overseeing all marketing, public relations and advertising programs for TCB’s Headquarters, North America, Europe and Latin America offices.
A native of Curacao, Mr. Adriaens studied at Radulphus College in Curacao, and continued his studies at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, where he received his degree in Tropical Agriculture and Marketing. After graduating from the University of Wageningen in 1989, he returned to Curacao to work at the Department of Agriculture for the next five years.
Mr. Adriaens first entry into government was in 1997. From 1998 – 2001, and again from 2007 – 2010, he served as the Minister of Traffic and Telecommunications of the Netherland Antilles. His duties included aviation, telecommunications and shipping policy. Mr. Adriaens also served as a member of the Island Council of Curacao and Parliament.
Prior to Mr. Adriaens position as Director of Tourism, he served as the Managing Director of Curacao Airport Holding from 2010 – 2015. In this capacity he was responsible for the oversight of the airport of Curacao and for the development of the area around the airport into an airport city. He was instrumental in developing the plans for the renovation of the terminal building that will be concluded by 2018 and in the development for the airport city masterplan.
“It is a privilege for me to have been appointed the new Director of Tourism for Tourism Corporation Bonaire,” commented Mr. Maurice Adriaens. “I am looking forward to working with all of the TCB offices, trade partners and Bonaire’s private sector to maintain and further expand the island’s reputation as a global destination for world-class scuba diving, cruise, eco-adventure and leisure tourism.”