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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bonaire’s Alan Zale Provides Images to the New York Times

Over this past weekend, the New York Times ran an article in their regular travel section called “Why We Travel.” Bonaire’s own Alan Zale provided the most recent image, and he has provided an image for a past article, too.

The articles have been re-formated for the Web as a slide show, and can be viewed by clicking here.  Alan’s image from Bonaire is the first image you’ll see, since it is the most recent listing, and he also provided the eighth image from Hawaii.  A reference to the image and article was printed on the front page of the travel section. (Source:  New York Times Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 31, 2007 at 10:18am AST
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Monday, October 29, 2007

Bonaire’s Chez Nous Culinary School Re-Opens for Meals

The Chez Nous Culinary School has long been a favorite option for both residents and tourists for an innovative meal at a great price.  And, starting today, the school will reopen and begin serving meals once again to the public.

Dinner begins at 6:00 PM and advance reservations can be made via email to keesleeman@telbonet.an.  The four-course menu begins with a welcome cocktail, followed by the meal prepared and served by the culinary students.  Cost is only FL 27.50 per person (USD $15.45).  To view tonight’s menu, click here (available in Dutch in PDF format). (Source:  Chez Nous)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 29, 2007 at 11:26am AST
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Closing of Streets on Bonaire for Cruise Ship Season Begins Next Week

As was done for the 2006/2007 cruise ship season last year, once again areas and streets will be closed to traffic when large cruise ships are in port.  However, this year, not only will Kaya Grandi be closed during certain periods, but also three other areas.

Closings will occur beginning October 31st, 2007 when the Crown Princess visits.  Kaya Grandi will be closed whenever a cruise ship of more than 3000 passengers is in port. 

Additionally, closings will occur at various times in the area of Karel’s Beach Bar, the entrance to the parking area of the Bestuurscollege, and in the area of Fort Oranje.

You may view the entire schedule of closed areas with dates and times (in PDF format and in Papiamentu) by clicking here.  During the 2007/2008 cruise season, it is expected to received 156,702 passengers in port.

For additional information about street closings, you may contact Mr. Rolando Marin at the Tourist Corporation Bonaire at 717-8322.  (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 25, 2007 at 7:27am AST
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bonaire’s Student Chefs Intern in Emilia Romagna, Italy

Currently, several of Bonaire’s student chefs are experiencing an internship at the Nazareno School, in Emilia Romagna, Italy.

They are learning new skills while honing old skills with Italy’s professional chefs in a beautiful, high-tech, state-of-the-art kitchen.  While in Italy, they also learn about a different culture, a country rich with resources, as well as how to work with other students from around the world.  (Source:  SGB Intern Moderator)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 23, 2007 at 12:56pm AST
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Friday, October 19, 2007

Cactus Blue Bar and Restaurant Receives Award of International Acclaim

Cactus Blue has been selected to receive a coveted 2008 trophy award by the editorial office of the Trade Leaders’ Club.

As part of the 33rd International Awards for the tourist, hotel, and catering industry, the award honors the most outstanding establishments for the year.  The trophy will be received by Cactus Blue at an awards ceremony in Madrid, Spain in January, and then will be proudly displayed at the restaurant.  (Source:  Cactus Blue Bar & Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 19, 2007 at 1:37pm AST
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Thursday, October 18, 2007

New Online Survey at BonaireSurveys.com for Bonaire Residents

A new online survey geared to polling those who live on Bonaire is available at www.bonairesurveys.com, and is available in both English or Papiamentu.

Organized by a group of Bonaire residents, the survey will poll others living on Bonaire about their feelings about the planned increase in cruise tourism.

If you are a resident of the island, and wish to voice your feedback about this issue, go to www.bonairesurveys.com and choose the cruise tourism survey for residents.  Verification of residency is required, as any participants will have to submit their sedula/ID number.

If you are not a Bonaire resident, but wish your opinion to be heard, repeat visitors may visit the same site and click on the survey geared towards repeat visitors.  (Source:  Bonaire Surveys)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 18, 2007 at 4:07pm AST
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Outdoor Bonaire and Bowalie Sailing Trips Introduce New Excursions

Outdoor Bonaire and Bowalie Sailing Trips have teamed up to offer two new activity excursions.

Their north tour includes exploring Washington-Slagbaai National Park by 4-wheel drive truck, followed by a sail park back to Kralendijk’s marina.

The south tour provides for a unique combination of snorkeling and sailing with views of the salt mines and slave huts, followed by a guided mangrove kayak tour. Also included is a complete lunch on the beach. (Source:  Bowalie Sailing Trips)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 18, 2007 at 7:40am AST
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Bonaire’s Population is Growing

This year through September 30, 2007, the population of Bonaire was increased by 473 inhabitants.  At the beginning of 2007, Bonaire had 14,006 inhabitants, and by the end of September, the Registry Office of Bonaire had a total of 14,479 people registered as residents.

114 babies were born in the first nine months of this year and there were 49 deaths.  895 people established residence on Bonaire in the first nine months, while 487 emigrated.  Of those coming to reside on Bonaire, 292 were from the Netherlands, 229 from other Antillean islands, 79 from the United States, 60 from Peru, 51 from Colombia, 36 from the Dominican Republic, and 33 from Aruba.

134 persons registered at the Registry Office in June, 122 in January, 105 in September, and 104 in August.  110 Persons emigrated off the island in July, the month that students traditionally leave Bonaire to go to school in the Netherlands. 

Of the 14.479 inhabitants, 7453 (51 percent) are male, and 7026 (49 percent) are female.  47 percent are between the age of 31 and 60, 18 percent are between 0 and 18, 8 percent are between 13 and 18, 14 percent are between 19 and 30, and 13 percent are older than 60.  Most of those re-locating to Bonaire registered home addresses in Antriol (211), Nikiboko (128), and Playa Pabou (75). (Source:  Central Bureau of Statistics)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 17, 2007 at 12:44pm AST
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

American Airlines Offers Net SAAver Fares from Bonaire to San Juan

American Airlines announced today that they are running a special from Bonaire to San Juan (roundtrip) for $234.00 via their Net SAAver Fares. 

Fare rules allow departures 7:00 p.m. or later, Friday, October 26, 2007, or anytime Saturday, October 27, 2007.  Return anytime the following Monday, October 29, 2007, or Tuesday, October 30, 2007.  Friday evening travel may not be available.  Tickets must be purchased by this Friday, October 19, 2007, 11:59 p.m. (CT).  Fares displayed are for round-trip coach class travel. 

For additional information, visit www.aa.com. (Source:  American Airlines)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 16, 2007 at 8:27am AST
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Monday, October 15, 2007

NetTech Launches New Product--Online Surveys are Now Available at BonaireSurveys.com

NetTech, N.V. today announced the unveiling of a new on-line service, Bonaire Surveys. This new product, accessible at www.bonairesurveys.com, allows for on-line surveys to be conducted which test different market segments of Bonaire’s tourist visitors or resident population.

This is the first such survey system available for Bonaire and can be a productive tool for local companies to conduct market research, receive customer satisfaction comments, or simply poll popular opinion.  Surveys can be customized to the clients’ needs, and can be either hosted on the bonairesurveys.com site or embedded into other existing web sites.

Results are automatically and immediately tabulated and can be viewed by the public or kept private for the entity requesting the data.  Surveys may run for a specified amount of time or can run for an unlimited term.

Current surveys available to the public consist of polls for the most popular airline for getting to Bonaire, Bonaire’s favorite dive sites, as well as the opinions of repeat visitors regarding the island’s trend to increase cruise tourism.  Interested parties may submit their opinions by visiting www.bonairesurveys.com and choosing their survey of choice.

New surveys available to the public will be announced on The Bonaire Insider.  Those wishing to receive instant e-mail notification for new surveys may subscribe to the Bonaire Insider’s free e-mail alerts by visiting www.bonaireinsider.com/subscribe.html.

Any entity interested in having a survey conducted may contact NetTech, N.V. by e-mailing info@nettech.an to learn more about options and pricing.  (Source:  NetTech, N.V.)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 15, 2007 at 3:45pm AST
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