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    i dont think that i understand. are you saying that those staying in a non resort setting be "forced to go out and spend money and not be able to stay within their resort or suite or room?"
    just asking for clarification. thanks

    i totally agree with your last 2 sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    The part that I cannot wrap my tiny mind around is the fact that with the declining economy of the last 8 years or so, talk to anyone in the tourism industry in Aruba and they will tell you that the owners of timeshares are staying "in" more and eating out "less". Add to that, the 100's of non hotel accommodations available through Airbnb, where are THEIR restrictions? Shouldn't they be "forced" to go OUT and spend money and not be able to stay within their resort or suite or room?

    Either way, not my island, not my laws, but here in the U.S. if I owned my own business I wouldn't want the government shoving yet ANOTHER mandate down my throat.

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    People staying at timeshares and such who stay in and cook their own meals at least do the bulk of their food shopping in Aruban stores.

    Not being an All-inclusive tourist, I like that the restriction is potentially beneficial to the restaurants and other businesses I enjoy doing business with. It will contribute to their remaining healthy.

    There's a lot more to Aruba than AI hotel space. The entire island should benefit from tourist activity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    People staying at timeshares and such who stay in and cook their own meals at least do the bulk of their food shopping in Aruban stores.

    Not being an All-inclusive tourist, I like that the restriction is potentially beneficial to the restaurants and other businesses I enjoy doing business with. It will contribute to their remaining healthy.

    There's a lot more to Aruba than AI hotel space. The entire island should benefit from tourist activity.

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    I see it as a balance, allowing us all to have access to what we enjoy. Those AI travels will still have that option.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    The cap seems like a prudent idea to me; at least for properties that are exclusively AI.
    For those that offer AI packages (either full or partial) as an option, I can see where that would be harder to track/regulate. (And perhaps less necessary since it is optional?)

    With Aruba’s assets of pristine drinking water, low crime, and fabulous restaurants in all price ranges – it would be a shame to lock too many travelers into the AI format.

    Where Aruba is concerned, I suspect that AI mostly appeals to first timers who aren’t aware of the “assets” and travelers with more bountiful resources (e.g. vacation = no cooking or dishes; &/or don’t get pangs of wasting money if you eat off property after paying for AI.) Since we will be needing to stretch our vacation dollar for the foreseeable future, I am very grateful for the option to shop for groceries and eat out modestly (with a splurge evening or two.)

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    agree jen doe!
    one of our forum members frequents AI packages due to the fact that he is somewhat physically challenged and does not get around all that well. he likes to stay within the confines of the resort.
    i can see why an AI would be perfect for folks like him.
    also for folks that do not like to continually open their wallet for drinking alcohol.

    A! works for a fair amount of people.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jen Doe View Post
    The cap seems like a prudent idea to me; at least for properties that are exclusively AI.
    For those that offer AI packages (either full or partial) as an option, I can see where that would be harder to track/regulate. (And perhaps less necessary since it is optional?)

    With Aruba’s assets of pristine drinking water, low crime, and fabulous restaurants in all price ranges – it would be a shame to lock too many travelers into the AI format.

    Where Aruba is concerned, I suspect that AI mostly appeals to first timers who aren’t aware of the “assets” and travelers with more bountiful resources (e.g. vacation = no cooking or dishes; &/or don’t get pangs of wasting money if you eat off property after paying for AI.) Since we will be needing to stretch our vacation dollar for the foreseeable future, I am very grateful for the option to shop for groceries and eat out modestly (with a splurge evening or two.)

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    I see the need to limit the AI hotel rooms in Aruba at this point. The limitation is a direct result of a huge increase in AI rooms over the past 10 years with the introduction of the Rui, the conversion of the Weston to a Rui AI and a 'close call' with the Radisson property ... now Hilton......most of these rooms were not AI rooms prior to the changes. Too much conversion too quickly could be devastating to a lot of businesses that depend on tourist dollars off property.

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    just a quick thought.Have been staying at Costa Linda every January for years.We go out a lot to the wonderful restaurant"s a lot (wife on vacation no cooking) .Go to Lings for breakfast food and Balashi"s.In the 3 weeks we are there ,maybe 4 times we stay in and i cook
    From Marblehead ma.Every Jan stay at Costa Linda.For last 20 years.

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    2x in aruba a year for a total of 28 nights.
    we probably eat in 1/3 of the time.
    we do grocery shopping usually at lings....a large order on our arrival days, and usually a milk and beer and fruit repleneshment 2x during our stays.

    i tend to not want to cook much on vacation, but we do a lot of "warming up" of prepared meals. (frozen pasta sauce, pot roast, chicken and rice casserole etc)
    kudos to you marblehead paul....my husband is not a cook....not even a griller. he does wash a mean dish and is a great diswasher loader

    Quote Originally Posted by marblehead paul View Post
    just a quick thought.Have been staying at Costa Linda every January for years.We go out a lot to the wonderful restaurant"s a lot (wife on vacation no cooking) .Go to Lings for breakfast food and Balashi"s.In the 3 weeks we are there ,maybe 4 times we stay in and i cook

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