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.""
Pelican Pier at sunset with a bucket of Brights!
Sunsets at Bunker Bar
LG Smith Steakhouse, Windows on Aruba,
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.
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.