This week Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) and Curaçao Restaurant Association (CRA) entered into a partnership, whereby Curaçao will become a new KHN department. This means that catering entrepreneurs in Curaçao will soon be able to benefit from the services of the KHN membership. On July 28, Robèr Willemsen and Dirk Beljaarts of KHN and Tarzeno Circkens and John Henry Every of the CRA will sign their signatures during a meeting on Curaçao in the presence of the Acting Governor of Curaçao, Her Excellency Michelle Capriles.
The collaboration has been formalized in the new KHN department Curaçao, with the aim of working together towards a future-proof catering industry. In Curaçao, tourism as an economic pillar is becoming increasingly important. This places new demands on the hospitality industry. Membership of KHN can provide support for further professionalization. Members in Curaçao have the same rights and obligations as other KHN members. All catering entrepreneurs on the island can become a member of this new department.
What does this mean for catering entrepreneurs?
The affiliation with KHN offers catering entrepreneurs in Curaçao an entrance to the services of KHN, including answers to catering-related questions or personal advice, advocacy and long-term discounts with various catering partners and information about the latest developments and regulations in the catering industry. Of course, Dutch catering entrepreneurs also benefit from this collaboration. Many Dutch catering entrepreneurs are already active in Curaçao, and many entrepreneurs are interested in taking the step. With KHN as the binding force, both here and on Curaçao, KHN can also play a role for catering entrepreneurs established in the Netherlands who want to do business in Curaçao. The system is the same and entrepreneurs can quickly switch with the local government.
KHN chairman Robèr Willemsen: “We are very proud to confirm this collaboration. The CRA and KHN share the drive to create the ideal entrepreneurial climate for our members, in which quality and innovation are paramount. Through this collaboration, members in Curaçao have access to the same benefits of KHN membership. Moreover, entrepreneurs from both countries benefit from the extensive network of entrepreneurs for advice, collaborations, exchanges and internship opportunities.”
CRA chairman Tarzeno Circkens: “Tourism is of great importance to Curaçao. With this collaboration we not only strengthen our position on the island, but we also join forces with people with years of experience, who know the current hospitality landscape and the laws and regulations well. This allows us to work together on a future-proof catering industry on the island.”
About Koninklijke Horeca Nederland
KHN is the industry association for the catering industry in our Kingdom and represents the interests of catering entrepreneurs when it comes to corona recovery, a favorable catering collective agreement, a fair playing field, sustainable business, labor legislation and vocational education. KHN has been around for 138 years and works together with relevant authorities and organizations with the aim of creating an optimal business climate for the hospitality industry. Less regulatory pressure, more entrepreneurship. From now on, catering entrepreneurs in the sector can spend the night, eat, drink, day catering or leisure time to join our KHN-Department Curaçao. www.khn.nl/curacao
About the Curaçao Restaurant Association
The Curaçao Restaurant Association was founded in September 2007 and represents the interests of restaurants. Members of the CRA are professional restaurateurs and food service operators. Membership in the Restaurant Association gives business owners access to specialized industry information, service, support, member benefits, courses and workshops, communications with government and other agencies, and an extensive network of fellow entrepreneurs.