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Tourism corporation Bonaire honors Taxi Driver Ronald Bernabela for his exceptional service and dedication

May 15, 2023

As Part of the Bonaire Friends program

Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) is pleased to announce Ronald Bernabela as the latest winner of the BonairePeople smiling for picture Friends program. Kevin Winter from the Netherlands nominated him for his outstanding service and dedication to the tourism industry.

Ronald Bernabela has been a part of the tourism industry for 46 years, working in various roles such as the kitchen and casino, and now as a taxi driver since 1997. He approaches his job with passion and takes great care of his passengers, providing private tours and making their experience on the island memorable. Ronald is aware of the impact he has as a driver on our visitors’ experience and enjoys exceeding their expectations by offering recommendations and catering to their needs.

TCB congratulates Ronald Bernabela for his remarkable contribution to the tourism industry, making him an exemplary ambassador of the local community. The Bonaire Friends campaign continues to encourage visitors to share their stories of exceptional encounters with the island’s locals on the dedicated Bonaire Friends page on

Every week, the Tourism Corporation Bonaire will select a deserving individual to receive the award, celebrating the exceptional hospitality and service provided by the people of Bonaire. The Bonaire Friends program highlights the warm and inclusive culture of the island, inviting visitors to engage with the local community and cultivate long-lasting friendships.