Paul Pennicook Named Managing Director & CEO of Curaçao Tourism

The Curaçao Tourism Development Foundation (CTDF) has announced the appointment of Paul Pennicook as Managing Director/CEO, effective immediately.

A graduate of Cornell University, with a degree in Hotel Management and fluent in English and Spanish, Pennicook brings experience in the hospitality industry having held senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors in North America, Europe and the Caribbean.

Jamaican by birth, Pennicook served twice as Jamaica’s Director of Tourism and worked in senior management positions with Jamaica’s iconic all-inclusive resorts - SuperClubs which included Breezes, Hedonism II and Grand Lido in their portfolio, as well as Sandals Resorts as Executive Vice President of Sandals’ marketing division, Unique Vacations. Pennicook also served as President/CEO of Couples Resorts and was Senior Vice President of Air Jamaica, Jamaica’s national airline with responsibility for the carrier’s marketing and sales activities.


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Under Pennicook’s first tenure as Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, he oversaw a restructuring exercise which resulted in a more global marketing focused Tourism Board and he is credited with having implemented strategies which resulted in record increases in visitor arrivals on both occasions that he served.

Pennicook is the recipient of the Order of Distinction (OD) from the Jamaican Government for outstanding and dedicated contribution to Tourism Sector.

As the new Managing Director/CEO of the CTDF, Pennicook will work towards increasing tourism to the popular Southern Caribbean destination, which offers offers more than 35 beaches, a heritage spanning dozens of cultures, distinct European architecture, outdoor activities like diving and snorkeling, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore.

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