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Bonaire takes over New York City

January 30, 2023

Inspiring future travelers with our culinary experience

Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) organized several “Taste of Bonaire nights” for consumer, media and trade partners in New York City as part of its Culinary Capital strategy of 2023 and re-positioning of the island as a Culinary paradise.

The signature events were held on Tuesday January 24th, in partnership with Curaçao and St. Maarten. The event focused on our main Media partners that consisted of different writers, editors and freelancers. The Dutch Caribbean feast of friends was an intimate experience with culinary surprises, history and the latest island updates. TCB invited talented Bonairean chef Chelsey Domacasse who took the lead on incorporating our famous local Goat stew, Funchi and “Pika Krioyo” in the culinary experience. The full dinner was prepared by local talented chefs from the three islands focusing on local ingredients, live cooking and interaction.

On Wednesday January 25th, Bonaire in partnership with Curaçao hosted a Trade dinner, where travel agents from the NYC area were invited to enjoy a unique dinner experience.

According to Miles Mercera, CEO TCB, “It is beautiful to experience the synergy and partnership between the SXM Tourist Board, Curaçao Tourism Board and TCB. We firmly believe in collaboration and partnership to inspire the world to visit one of the Dutch Caribbean Islands. Personally, it was great to see our culinary talent Chelsey in action which confirms our vision of promoting Bonaire as a Culinary Capital of the world.” #Itsinournature

TCB also participated at the 2023 Travmedia’s International Media Marketplace (IMM) on January 26th. IMM is the leading global networking event connecting the travel industry with top journalists, editors, influencers and broadcasters. TCB in collaboration with Diamond PR (Bonaire’s PR firm) organized the entire week as part of its 2023 Action Plan. During the IMM event Bonaire had the opportunity to share its most recent Bonaire updates such as the Bonaire Bond program, Earthonauts program, Bonaire Yoga & Wellness Week, Bonaire Rum Week, Airlift updates, new activities, accommodations and more.