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Curaçao

Curaçao is located in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast and lies just 12° north of the Equator; it includes the main island as well as the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao. In the fall of 2010, Curaçao became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao is the most "Dutch" of its Caribbean sister islands: Aruba, Bonaire, St. Eustatius (Statia), Saba and St. Maarten. The city’s candy colored downtown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the few found in the Caribbean. It has a land area of 444 square km (171 sq miles) measuring 61 km (23 miles) in length with a maximum width of 14 km (5 miles), Curaçao has an elongated shape, orientated northwest to southeast, highest point is the 375 meter (1,230 ft) Christoffelberg ("Mount Christoffel") in the north-western part of the island. The Island has a population of approximately 142,000.


The average temperature is about 27° C (mid 80s F). Refreshing trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months. The rainy season, October to February is marked by short, occasional showers, usually at night, and continued sunny weather by day. Average rainfall is less than 20 inches per year. The Island is out of range of the traditional Caribbean Hurricane belt. The average temperature is 76-89 F or 24-31C and there is little variation throughout the year, although it may be a few degrees warmer during the summer months.

The official language is Dutch with English and Spanish widely spoken. The native language is Papiamento, a combination of Spanish, English, Dutch, Portuguese, Indian and some African words.

Local currency, Nafl, is the Netherlands Antillean guilder also referred to as the guilder. US dollars are readily accepted island-wide although change may be given in Netherlands Antillean guilder.

The tax information exchange agreement, TIEA, between the US, the Island of Aruba & the Island of Curacao allows US taxpayers to claim a tax deduction for expenses associated with a convention held on the island, to the same extent as a convention held in the United States. There are limitations applicable to deductions for expenses associated with foreign conventions; however, with the implementation of this TIEA, the two Dutch Caribbean islands are considered part of the North American area. Therefore, expenses incurred while attending conventions, business meetings and seminars in Curacao are allowed deductions according to the same regulations as if it were a U.S. territory.

Why Curaçao

The reasons to meet in Curaçao are to enjoy a rich cultural Island offering not only fun and sun but history as well!

1. We have over 166 weekly international flights of which 20 are non-stop.

2. Curaçao offers top hotel brands and a wide variety of activities on land and sea.

3. Curaçao’s meeting facilities and technology are comparable to the U.S. and Europe, and meeting expenses are tax deductible. (Tax Information Exchange Agreement)

4. Multi-lingual: English, Dutch, Spanish and Papiamento are widely spoken by most inhabitants

5. U.S. currency is accepted everywhere at an exchange rate of 1.75 florin (local currency) to the US$ dollar.

6. The UNESCO World Heritage site in Willemstad, one of just six sites in all of the Caribbean. The most fabulous historical sites are available for off property events.

7. Great dependable weather with an average daily temperature of 82°F/27°C, constant cooling trade winds and low average rainfall almost guarantees that all outdoor events will be a smashing success.

8. This Jewel in the Caribbean offers over 42 perfect beach coves with sparkling blue waters ideal for diving, watersports or just lounging around.

9. Shopping Opportunities: Boutiques line the streets downtown, selling duty-free diamonds, designer clothes, and Dutch goods―from wheels of Edam cheese to Delft pottery. Buying is no indulgence here; it’s a cultural experience.

10. Gastronomic Mecca: Offering many great flavorful restaurants with gastronomy from all over the world as well as tantalizing local cuisine, a dine-around delight!

 

ECO Destination
Management Services
of Curaçao
Tel: + 5999.521.2921
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