Tourism Workshop –  Helvig Thode, Bonaire Representative

Tourism Workshop – Helvig Thode, Bonaire Representative

“Bonaire will position itself as a progressive island in terms of synergizing people and nature. This will result in a positive economic, cultural and nature stimulation for the island,” said Ms. Helvig Thode, Bonaire’s Representative.

In 2017, the tourism industry contributed 229 million US dollars to the local economy and 25 per cent of jobs are tourism related. The challenges include the competition from elsewhere, an underperforming mainstay tourism sector – diving – need a more diversified portfolio inadequate pricing of eco-tourism sector, need for improved accommodation, convert Bonaire into a high-end destination with 30 per cent of hotel inventory at four-star plus star.

The intention is to convert tourism industry into an engine that serves all of Bonaire, notably using its credentials as the First Blue Destination. It was the first Caribbean island to have a protected marine park and 40 per cent of the island uses clean energy. Becoming a blue destination is aligned to Bonaire’s culture history and the heritage of the people who have embraced and protected the ocean for their livelihood.

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Innovation for Tourism Growth Anguilla

Innovation for Tourism Growth Anguilla

OCTA Innovation Thematic workshop “Innovation for Tourism Growth” was held in Anguilla 11-12 of October. In was held in the Caribbean month of Tourism. However, it’s reach was global, having participants and speakers from all sides of world including French Polynesia and Wallis et Futuna, Pacific ocean Overseas Countries and Territories.

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Innovation championing in Bonaire

Innovation championing in Bonaire

Bonaire Governor Edison Rijna is champion of the innovation on the island and supports implementation of the systemic innovation across all sectors. Governor Rijna encourages all measures promoting and stimulating innovation on the island. To initiate the process of systemic innovation approach, Bonaire needs to work on how systemic innovation should be organised, and which measures should be implemented. Public private partnership in all sectors and at all levels, starting from public authorities to the wide community should be strengthened. Continuous raising awareness and consultation process about different innovation aspects would be enhanced. Consultations about needs for different organisational restructuring as well as about consultations about having in place an optimal set of the legislative and financial instruments for propelling innovation should be intensified in the coming period. Governor Rijna’s approach is an example of the way how to go forward, how much innovation championing may bring prosperity to Overseas Countries and Territories.

Governor Rijna works closely with Bonaire Systemic Innovation Director Dianne Boelmans. Bonaire, with Edison Rijna as Governor, is one of the islands moving in the right direction, especially by his personal involvement and personal drive for building diversified sustainable economy and prosperous society. Particularly it is very promising that Governor Rijna is taking care of innovation to be developed and in sustainable way to be implemented transversally across all sectors. Both his vision on the development of the territory and his mission how to implement this vision are remarkable. Special attention needs to be given to having structural organisation of innovation for long-term efficient implementation of innovation across all sectors, updating innovation strategy and action plan, and developing innovation policy with associated optimal innovation supporting measures.

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The Van Gogh of Bonaire

The Van Gogh of Bonaire

Winfred Dania is called the Van Gogh of Bonaire, as both felt misunderstood and resorted to painting as a means of expression. Van Gogh wanted to show a journey of self-discovery and portray his emotions thus paving the way for new trends in painting.

The deaf Winfred Dania is able to involve people in his personal experiences and dreams. He discovered a medium through which to recount the mythology of his island and reveal the symbolic meaning of numbers. Both communicate with their audience, timelessly as it were, through their works.

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Bonaire AlgaeParc, exemplary of the STI approach

Bonaire AlgaeParc, exemplary of the STI approach

AlgaePARC sustainable microalgae project is executed on Bonaire in cooperation with the University of Wageningen. This innovative project is exemplary of the STI approach as it transfers knowledge to Bonaire Island, contributes to sustainable economic development, creates jobs and also will lead to a better environment.

The project intends to increase the level of food production and economic diversification in Bonaire through the sustainable production of microalgae. The action is a collaboration between the Government of Bonaire and Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), a leading institution in this field. A specific objective is the development of an advanced technology for stand-alone production of algal products, Bonaire AlgaePARC, embarking on algae production to generate jobs and income and help Bonaire become less dependent on tourism.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #8-2018 – Bonaire

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #8-2018 – Bonaire

Governor Rijna and his team with innovation pilot project Bonaire AlgaePARC are bringing to Bonaire multiple opportunities for economic diversication as well as university education and capacity-building via three pillars blended learning (3PBL).

We appreciate very much vision of Governor Rijna for the development of his territory and his mission how to implement this vision, and particularly all actions he’s taking for propelling innovation and building economy of Bonaire.

We invite all key stakeholders in Bonaire to secure sustainability of all aspects of development and implementation of the innovation. Namely special attention needs to be given to having structural organisation of innovation for long-term efficient implementation of innovation across all sectors, updating innovation strategy and action plan, and developing innovation policy with associated optimal innovation supporting measures.

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Governor Edison Rijna

Governor Edison Rijna

Governor Rijna and his team with innovation pilot project Bonaire AlgaePARC are bringing to Bonaire multiple opportunities for economic diversication as well as university education and capacity-building via three pillars blended learning (3PBL).

We appreciate very much vision of Governor Rijna for the development of his territory and his mission how to implement this vision, and particularly all actions he’s taking for propelling innovation and building economy of Bonaire.

We invite all key stakeholders in Bonaire to secure sustainability of all aspects of development and implementation of the innovation. Namely special attention needs to be given to having structural organisation of innovation for long-term efficient implementation of innovation across all sectors, updating innovation strategy and action plan, and developing innovation policy with associated optimal innovation supporting measures.

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