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Shirley Geerman and Steven Bakker Appointed Resident Manager and
F&B Director Respectively at the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino,
Willemstad, Curacao

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CURACAO – March 2009 – President and Director of Project Kura Hulanda, Peter Heinen, has announced the promotion of Shirley Geerman to Resident Manager of Hotel Kura Hulanda and the appointment of Steven Bakker as the hotel’s new Director of Food & Beverage. 

“Shirley has proven herself as a dynamic member of our resort as the Director of Sales for the past four years and we are confident she will continue to thrive in her new role as Resident Manger,” stated Heinen.  “Meanwhile, Steven has a variety of industry experience and knowledge that he brings with him to the Kura Hulanda which will contribute to the resort’s continued success.” 

Shirley Geerman has 24 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry.  In addition to her most recent experience at Kura Hulanda she has spent time in various markets including Latin America, Europe and North America. She has extensive experience in the meetings and incentive market and is well known by travel partners. Mrs. Geerman, a native of the neighboring island of Aruba, can count the Aruba Marriott, Wyndham Aruba Beach Resort and the Renaissance Aruba Hotel & Casino amongst her past employers.    
                                                                                            
Steven Bakker joins Kura Hulanda after two years of service as the Operational Food & Beverage Manager at Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam. Over the past nine years Mr. Bakker has held positions at various hotels in The Netherlands including the Palace Hotel, Dorint Sofitel and The Dylan Amsterdam.  Additionally, his career has taken him to Egypt, France and Aruba. He holds a bachelors degree in Hospitality Management from Hotelschool The Hague, International University of Hospitality Management. Born in Geldrop, Netherlands, Mr. Bakker is fluent in both Dutch and English and enjoys playing basketball, golf and is a PADI certified open water diver. 

Located in Willemstad, Curaçao, the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino is an 80-room luxury boutique resort featuring meticulously restored 18th and 19th century Dutch Colonial Caribbean buildings spread amongst several glorious courtyards, multiple pools, award winning restaurants, a brand new spa and fitness center. Just 45 minutes away in the tranquil and idyllic setting of Curacao’s west end, Hotel Kura Hulanda’s sister property Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club offers a luxurious ambiance coupled with a relaxing beachfront retreat and the seclusion of a unique island hideaway. Featuring a beautiful, white sand beach and a spectacular swimming pool, Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club offers guests the chance to experience world class diving, hiking, cycling and adventure within feet of the resort. For more info about Kura Hulanda, please visit www.kurahulanda.com.

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Contact:
 
Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino
www.kurahulanda.com
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Also See: Curaçao Experiencing a Tourism Boom, Prompting Development of Six New Resorts and Expansion of Five Existing Resorts / October 2007
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