|Bonaire // Photo by Freeimages/Mark Verhoeven|
The Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) recently announced the appointment of Maurice Adriaens to the position director of tourism.
As the director of tourism, Adriaens will be responsible for overseeing all marketing, public relations and advertising programs for TCB’s headquarters in North America, Europe and Latin America offices.
A native of Curacao, Adriaens studied at Radulphus College in Curacao, and continued his studies at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, where he received his degree in tropical agriculture and marketing. After graduating from the University of Wageningen in 1989, he returned to Curacao to work at the Department of Agriculture for the next five years.
Adriaens' first entry into government was in 1997. From 1998-2001, and again from 2007-2010, he served as the minister of traffic and telecommunications of the Netherlands Antilles.
His duties included aviation, telecommunications and shipping policy. Adriaens also served as a member of the Island Council of Curacao and Parliament.
Prior to Adriaens position as director of tourism, he served as the managing director of Curacao Airport Holding from 2010 - 2015.