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.

SHATA recognizes that tourism is the most sustainable development sector and the very essence of a green economy

SHATA will endeavor to:

  • be the leading private sector organization for tourism development and promotion in Suriname by creating a platform for the private sector;
  • foster cooperation with the Government, and create and implement a tourism development and promotional plan for Suriname;
  • promote partnerships with non-government organizations and other actors in the tourism or tourism-related sectors nationally, regionally and internationally.


  Karuna Kartaram – Treasurer
General manager of Queens hotel & apartments
Owner of IATA certified travel agency Multitravel
Working in the tourism industry since 2009


Sylvia Ang – President
Sylvia is director/owner of Anaula Nature Resort and Akira Over Water Resort, involved in the tourism sector since 2004.

Gyo Gummels – Secretary
Gyo is a manager at Purity Tours & Services, involved in the tourism sector since 2007.

Creativity is the essence of the business.
The green experience is priceless


Johan Sandie – commissioner
Johan is commercial deputy director of Surinam Airways, the national carrier of Suriname.


Anushka Geerlings – Commissioner
Deputy General Manager Kersten Hospitality, which includes Bergendal Amazonia Wellness Resort, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Hotel Krasnapolsky. Associated with this organization since 2017 as well as in the tourism sector.

Ronny Bholai – Commissioner
Director/owner of All Suriname Tours with also a branch in the Netherlands. Active in tourism since 2013. 14 years of experience.