“A new concept as the first-ever all-inclusive resort in Bonaire, disappointing occupancy rates and low returns. Those were the challenges that my wife and I faced, 2.5 years ago when I started out here as General Manager”, says David Rietveld. After a first successful transformation of Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire, it is now time to hand over the baton. It is now up to Marcel Brekelmans to take the resort to the next level.
Over the past few years, Rietveld and the team of Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire have achieved great results. “Last year, our occupancy rate made us proud and our financial return was positive”, confirms Rietveld. Now, the newly appointed General Manager Marcel Brekelmans faces the challenge of continuing this line and expediting the plans for the future of the resort.
A great deal is scheduled to happen at Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire in the next few years. In addition to relocation of the reception desk to the front of the resort on the beach side, the resort will also get an extra restaurant and bar. “I will also be responsible for the realisation of the new development in the former villa island across the airport and completion of the sustainability project”, explains Brekelmans. “I am very excited about these developments and look forward to the future of the resort with confidence.”
Brekelmans is no newcomer to the hospitality industry. With years of hotel experience in, among other places, Africa and, twenty years ago, at Plaza Hotel Curacao, he has now returned to the Netherlands Antilles. “In the past week I have gotten to know Marcel as a manager who is able to switch quickly. He has wide knowledge of international hotel operations, which will certainly benefit Plaza. So, I have no problem leaving the resort in his capable hands”, says Rietveld about Brekelmans. His successor is clear about Rietveld’s upcoming departure: “The Van der Valk family owners speak very highly of what David has achieved for the resort. They have jointly reached this decision in good consultation.” Rietveld and Brekelmans will be working together for the next month in order to guarantee a smooth transfer.
About Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire:
Unlimited holiday pleasure, that is what an all-inclusive holiday at Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire offers. Our resort has 126 spacious and air-conditioned rooms. Both the Junior Suites and the Grand Suites have a view of the Caribbean Sea or the adjoining marina. Everything is included: from a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet at our restaurant overlooking the sea, to water sports activities, a diving school, and a fun beach bar. With one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Bonaire and a beautiful swimming pool, Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire offers you a holiday you will never forget. www.PlazaBeachResortBonaire.com