About Us


The Suriname Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHATA) is a leading organization for the overall hospitality and tourism sector. It has been founded by the private sector and creates benefits to all actors in the hospitality and tourism business on national, regional and international levels.

Our mission statement

The mission of SHATA (Suriname Hospitality and Tourism Association) is to promote the value of sustainable tourism in Suriname and jointly generate additional expenses from visitors!

Board members

Chairman Marc Waaldijk (former CEO of Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname)
Commissioner Egon von Foidl (Managing Director Courtyard Marriott Paramaribo)
Commissioner Dave Boucke (Managing Director Torarica Group of Hotels)
Commissioner Armand Bhagwandas (Managing Director METS Travel & Tours)

Ernie de Vries (Managing Director Orange Travel)


Johan Sandie (Vice President Operations at The Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V )


Our staff

Managing Director SHATA Sinfra Zaandam
Sales Executive  Kimberley Naarendorp
 Management Assistant Tessaly Ambel

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