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    Senior Member __steve__'s Avatar
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    From what I understand, the Rad will be demolished and another riu will replace it. It will face the coastline lengthwise.

    I will dearly miss the Radisson. Many fond vacation memories include this resort

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    The word out was Hilton taking over the Radisson. Now I hear from locals that it will a RIU. I tried to confirm this by calling the Hilton. They said they will take over the Radisson in 3-6 months. Then I contacted the RIU sales dept. and asked if there was going to be a 3rd RIU and she said yes. If it is true about the RIU I don't understand how the government can allow RIU to have 3 AI's all next to one another in the same area. Anyone know anything?
    This may be a rumor as none of the locals I know have heard that the Radisson will be demolished.

    The only other info I received is the RIU does not want their workers to belong to any workers associations. If they do join an organization, they will be fired. Also, no Aruban's are allowed on RIU properties.

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    Why wouldn't Arubans be allowed on the property? If the RIU were to purchase the Radisson would the government have any authority to prevent them from excluding local people? The thought that they could exclude people is very disturbing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Why wouldn't Arubans be allowed on the property? If the RIU were to purchase the Radisson would the government have any authority to prevent them from excluding local people? The thought that they could exclude people is very disturbing!
    I felt the same way.... but thinking about it.... it is all inclusive and people have been shunned that weren't guests of the Rui..... so it would follow that if you don't have the right color wristband.... you're out.... I'm out anyway....!

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    I misspoke. I was told over the years from a local taxi driver that Arubans were not hired or welcome at the RIU. I spoke to a friend that had stayed at the RIU Palace. She said there was some Arubans that worked there.
    Last edited by Liz - Aruba Lover; 06-07-2015 at 10:12 PM.


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    Thanks for the clarification. The RIU though just doesn't sound like it would be a good fit for us

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    I truly hate , this, i would not like the radisson to be knocked down and it become a Riu,, I understand the Radisson familly want to sell, but please hope it a Hilton, we also have made many friends who work there, it would be sad NOT TO see them again. and now a wait till June 17,, STINKS .. MY VACATION WAS ORGINALLY NOT UNTIL DECEMBER..AND TRULY AFRAID

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    Why does Aruba need 3 RIU's - thats greedy as far as i am concerned!!!!! and all next to each other???? The RIU must be doing very well.......hmmmm
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    well, there is the marriott and divi presence which is there too.
    the big issue with the riu is the ALL INCLUSIVE being mandatory.

    All Inclusives hurt the restaurants and local watering holes.

    The Divi and the Marriott are good neighbors and good employers.
    The Riu as neighbors and employers .....from what many say, not so much.

    Quote Originally Posted by shariuno View Post
    Why does Aruba need 3 RIU's - thats greedy as far as i am concerned!!!!! and all next to each other???? The RIU must be doing very well.......hmmmm

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    Well I couldn't help myself and I booked the Marriott Resort just in case there are any changes to the Radisson before our trip in August. The pricing was almost the same for the Radisson Club rooms and the Marriott Tradewinds Club rooms. Has anyone stayed at either that can give a good comparison? My biggest concern was with thinking the experience wouldn't be as nice since there would be a buyout or new changes looming. Unhappy employees make unhappy guests. :-)
    Am I crazy or just a crazy worrier?!

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