The incorporation of the Downtown Management Organization took place on August 1, 1988. This was a direct result from the Curacao Action Group which was active with the stimulation of the economic development of Curaçao.
Since 1970, property and business owners in cities throughout the world realized that in order to revitalize and sustain vibrant downtowns, city centers and neighborhood districts requires special attention beyond the services city administrations could provide alone. As in Curaçao, the private-sector owners in Punda came together to form nonprofit management associations to deliver key services within the boundaries of Punda.
With voluntary funding from the property and business owners, DMO provides increased security and maintenance, hosts events, markets the group of businesses to consumers, recruits new business to fill vacant retail space, and orchestrates other activities often thought of as being provided by the city.
DMO started with the representation of both sides of downtown Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao. But in 1991 the Otrobanda organization decided that each side was better represented by their own individual organizations. Since then DMO represented the Punda side only. Nowadays DMO works closely with the three other districts of the historic Willemstad; Scharloo, Otrobanda and Pietermaai.
Our members in 2020:
Ackerman | Aldo | Pandora | Boolchand | Casa Janina | Casa Marco | Changes | Converse | La Palestina | The Athlete's Foot | De Buren | Pleincafe Wilhelmina | Emilia | Royal Gems | Mr. Tablecloth | Optica Central | Iguana Cafe | Iguana Too | JL Penha | MAC | Victoria Secret | Freeport Jewelry | Freeport Jewelry & Gifts | Freeport Duty Free | The Old Freeport Shop | San Marco Casino | Tommy Hilfigers | MCB | Senior & Co | Timeless | Onderlinge Hulp | Jewels by Rani | Jayson/Carousel | Novedades | Triple A Attorney | Cafe Bonchi | Tonia NV