Jhe World Food Travel Association (WFTA) has certified Bonaire as Culinary Capital. Through this program, the WFTA, a non-profit organization recognized as the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism, rates destinations based on their scores on five culinary criteria: culture, strategy, promotion, community and sustainability. The program was launched to give foodies the confidence to travel to new and unexpected dining destinations by evaluating, certifying and promoting places that showcase their unique gastronomy and food culture to visitors. With dining offerings ranging from chef’s tables to food trucks, Bonaire is the second destination to be honored as a Culinary Capital.
“I loved reading Bonaire’s bid because it opened up a rich culinary culture that we didn’t know anything about before,” said Erik Wolf, Executive Director and Founder of WFTA. “Now the rest of the world will start to learn about the fantastic food and drink products and experiences this destination has to offer.”
The collaboration between the public and private sectors on the island and the support of Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association (BONHATA) have been instrumental in achieving this Culinary Capital certification process.
Miles BM Mercera, CEO of Tourism Corporation Bonaire, is delighted with this good news: “This certification is a big boost for Bonaire and all the professionals who have put the diversity of the culinary culture of our small island on the map in recent years. years,” he said. said. “It’s also an important step in our overall vision to grow and promote our dining scene as well as other island experiences that go beyond the fantastic diving we’ve always been known for.”