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Thread: Westin Aruba is CLOSING on February 27, 2014

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    Westin Aruba is CLOSING on February 27, 2014

    I try to refrain from posting links from other forums, but this is important Westin Aruba is CLOSING on February 27, 2014

    "...from SPG Starwood.

    They email stated,"It is with great regret......The Westin Aruba Resort & Casino will be closing as a result of the sale of the hotel, which is currently scheduled for February 27, 2014......The hotel will no longer be affiliated with The Westin brand or Starwood Hotels and Resorts.....

    The new owners have advised us that they will close the hotel in order to undertake extensive refurbishments.""

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    A what??!!! That place was great!
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    Last edited by Andrea J.; 01-10-2014 at 05:53 PM.

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    Here's hoping the extensive refurbishments will be amazing!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    What will happen with one of my favorite restaurant the Blossoms?...
    Don't think the RIU will keep them, future will tell...

    Let's hope that the refurbishment will be more island feel than Vegas style...

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    Anyone think that perhaps the Riu will take the old Westin and make it an "adult only" area?????????????????????????
    I hope they refurbish the pool.

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    http://issuu.com/themorningnews/docs...nuary_11__2014

    page 2 of the Morning News, article by Roslaie Klein.

    apparently the employees feel they were blindsided by the closure announcement and that there is no guarantee of a job waiting for them after the year long +/- renovation.

    concerns too by others as to the construction workers. will they hire locally or import workers as they did with the Aruba Grand to Riu a few years back?

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    very sad if they decide to not keep the loyal and hard working staff. they should also employ local construction teams, however, it probably depends on how quickly they want everything done. lets hope they have a heart and do the right thing.

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    It is my recollection that when the conversion/construction of Grand to Riu years ago many workers were imported from South America but it was unclear to me if the local workers were available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    It is my recollection that when the conversion/construction of Grand to Riu years ago many workers were imported from South America but it was unclear to me if the local workers were available.
    They brought construction workers in from the Dominican Republic. Didn't they work rotating shifts and were housed in apartments over by Madame Janette? I recall the yellow school buses dropping the workers off while we were dining one night at MJ's.

    IMO, and it is just that, the Riu is immoral in their actions and I sincerely hope that the Aruban government intervenes. I can see the construction workers perhaps being a specialized skill which perhaps cannot be fulfilled by solely Arubans.

    I do question though why Riu would not guarantee employment to those employees with satisfactory work records? Upon reopening, I understand the Riu wanting to maintain their own standards and ask employees to reapply for their jobs. However if the employee had a satisfactory work record and Riu trained employees to "their standards", why would they not be willing to offer work guarantees???

    The Riu cannot hire workers without work permits, I sincerely hope that the Aruban government examines the new work permits very carefully and gives the Riu's "new" employees the same scrutiny that the Riu is giving the unemployed Westin employees.


    <<stepping off my soap box now>>

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