A Friendly Note From Our Team
Dear client ,
As most European and American countries are experiencing changing weather patterns and dropping temperatures approaching the holiday season, Curaçao is oddly busy decorating Christmas trees still in its envied 30 degree Celsius tropical environment.
Several specialty shops open only in November & December to sell Christmas trees (both real and imitation), decorations and the traditional fireworks. This Holiday Season, the popular neighborhood of Pietermaai hosted the first Curaçao Christmas market offering holiday specialties such as Glühwein, oliebollen (a lovely Dutch treat) and a “Popcorn Choir”.
Aqualectra, the island's water supply and power company, is a proud sponsor of the Holiday Decorative Lights in the city centre of Willemstad. It is a wondrous sight!
We are looking forward to the festivities and would like to wish you all a warm Christmas and Happy Holidays.
On Saturday November 14, “Sinterklaas” (Saint Nicholas) arrived on Curacao by boat.
The Sinterklaas feast is a Dutch tradition based on Saint Nicholas, the bishop of Myra, who shared his belongings with the poor. “Sinterklaas”, dressed in bright red and white and with a long white beard, is thought to be the basis for the North American figure of Santa Claus.
Sinterklaas is also a true children’s friend and gives presents to every child on the evening of 5 December, the day before his own birthday. The Brionplein in Otrabanda was crowded with little children and their family Saturday, November 14th, to welcome the boat and its passengers.
While in The Netherlands people argue about the skin color of Sinterklaas’ helpers (Zwarte Piet), Curacao started a new tradition several years ago. The “Zwarte Pieten” in Curacao have all kinds of colors because they always run into a rainbow while on their way to the island. Therefore they are colored black, white, red, green and yellow and all other colors of the rainbow.
Two ambitious projects to be finished shortly are the high end shopping mall, Eden Shoppers’ Paradise, located in Bándariba and the biggest shopping center on Curacao, Sambil, located in Veeris.
Eden Shoppers’ Paradise:
At the end of 2014, the first shops of Eden Shoppers’ Paradise on the Caracasbaaiweg will open their doors. Eden, shoppers’ paradise is ambitious as Bándariba’s City Centre where the visitors will find a broad range of shops and variety of restaurants in the pleasant green surroundings that create an exciting new ambiance.
RE/MAX BonBini is leading rental agent and is opening an office in Eden Shoppers’ Paradise to provide better service to clients in Bándariba. Are you interested to receive more information about available rental space? Please contact us.
The festive inauguration of this new shopping and entertainment center is listed in the calendar for March 2015. It will accommodate 180 establishments - including 156 shops, 8 movie theaters of Cinemark including an XD room with the latest technology, 4 restaurants with terraces, and a food court with a variety of local and international gastronomy.
RE/MAX BonBini will open a small sales office in the second phase of this shopping mall. Exact date to be announced later.
Over the month September 9% more tourists have visited Curacao then during the same month in the previous year. Europe is the main supplier (39.1%) shortly followed by South America (38.95). Growth was mainly realized by Columbia (51%) and Germany (21%). There was a decrease in visitors from North America.
Parliament has started discussing the draft budget for the year 2015. Central to this budget is the plans of the government to stimulate economic growth on the island. This has to be accomplished by investing in projects and tax cuts. The government predicts that the economy will grow by 1.5 percent in 2015 and that 1500 jobs will be added.
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Our January issue will be released in the last week of December. In the meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance. It is our pleasure to help.
With Sunny Regards,
Broker - Owner