The article mentions an "airport hotel" including a "car rental center" and the following paragraph talks about parking fees which will cause many visitors to no longer rent cars.
I wonder the need for an "airport hotel". Will it be economical for visitors to stay prior to or after a timeshare rental because they found cheaper airfare? I believe most airport hotels are used by business travelers; are there that many business travelers to and from Aruba that don't care about not being near a beach?
There is an article in Amigoe about paid parking in the High Rise, some of the future parking areas are named:
In March, paid parking highrise
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 13:40
ORANJESTAD- Public Works Department (PWD) is busy facilitating parking spaces in the hotel area in Noord. From March, parking costs also money there.
The exact date is not yet known, but as it now seems, is March, the month in which the paid parking is in effect, let Arubus director Teo Croes know in Amigoe. When asked, he said that the rates and times are tentative same as in Oranjestad. Paid parking is therefore between 7:00 and 19:00 from Monday to Saturday, although previously said it would be 24 hours per day. It is not known whether the high rise area, the special rate is that you get for insertion of 2 florins 90 minutes parking time while the rate then continues again with two florins per hour.
According to the 2015-2019 multi-annual KPMG and the Outline Business Case for Arubus come into the hotel area 419 parking spaces. In any case, the minimum number of parking spaces in front of the high-rise 'not lower than 400 parking places ". The areas specified in the KPMG report on five zones' opposite RIU (128 places), "between Occidental and Hyatt (100)," McDonals / BrickelBay (57), 'Palm Beach Plaza / Aqua' (104) and 'Moomba' (30). The report contains no special places indicated for employees or residents. Under the plan, making a total of seventeen parking meters.
For over twenty years, I rented a car when coming to Aruba. Three years ago my circumstances changed and I stopped renting a car. I was actually thinking of renting again this year, but I think I will keep using buses and taxis instead. Thanks for the info everyone.
When asked Rojas-Laclé announced that the Parliament has still not taken a decision on the introduction of paid parking on the High Rise. There are parking spaces have been painted and equipped with numbers. Initially this would be postponed until the first quarter of 2016, but the date is still uncertain.
Parking meters in the high-rise area will have more of an impact on residents who work there than on tourists as it's a densely populated area with a lot of foot traffic. High-rise tourist can just walk across the street and shop/eat. I'd bet most don't rent a car.
When we go up that way, we either park in the lower parking lot at the Radisson or the Holiday Inn lot adjacent to their casino. We have also used the parking garage or parked on the streets where parking is available.
These parking meters and aggressive towing policy appear to be a cheap money grabbing move by the government. I don't think they have considered the negative impacts/ill will that may well outweigh any income generated.
A lot of folks staying in the high rise rent a vehicle. All of the hotels have parking for the guests, but you can opt to park and pay a fee if you're not a guest in a couple of lots. It's usually a buck or two, but you can get a token by visiting a list of shops. For example, the little lot across from Playa Linda costs two dollars to park all day. There are about eight places that will give you a token for your ticket stub, including Scott's Brats. Make a purchase, park for free.