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Economic outlines and opportunities for innovation

Bonaire’s economy is mainly based on tourism. Bonaire is world renowned for its excellent scuba diving and is consistently rated among the best diving locations in the world. Tourism infrastructure in Bonaire is contemporary and based on time-share resorts. Key opportunities for innovation Opportunities for innovation in Bonaire should focus on Blue Economy     approach including:
  • Brainport Bonaire (centres of knowledge/excellence)
  • Sustainable development based on natural resources, and renewable energy (wind in combination with solar park)
  • Laboratories: combination of salt, wind and high temperature gives extreme tough conditions for testing
  • Goats: an engine to growth in the Bonaire economy (according to Gunter Pauli).

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12.239456, -68.275909
BonaireBonaire, Isole BES (Directions)


Member state: The Netherlands
Surface (km2): 294
EEZ (km2): 68 783
Population (2013): 17 400
Capital: Kralendijk
Languages: Dutch, Papiamento
GDP per capita (€ – 2012): 18 690
Main economic sectors: Tourism and nature, Service and knowledge, Agriculture
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  • Demonstration Energy Innovation

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  • 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 […]    Read More
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  • Regional Innovation Workshop in Sint Maarten, 5-7 October

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  • Reports

  • Strategic Tourism plan Bonaire

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  • Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba and Dutch government embrace development plans

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