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    Another price hike for tourists

    What are they thinking in this soft economy:

    Wednesday, 14 November 2012 13:55

    Source: Aruba Herald Nov 14th 2012

    The government of Aruba will be introducing new charges on tourism services and accommodations. A charge of 3 USD per night will be added per room and 1 USD per car rental and tour transaction.

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    Trying to come up with $$$$$ to pay for new cruise ship port , revitalization of downtown and cargo ship port?
    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman View Post
    What are they thinking in this soft economy:

    Wednesday, 14 November 2012 13:55

    Source: Aruba Herald Nov 14th 2012

    The government of Aruba will be introducing new charges on tourism services and accommodations. A charge of 3 USD per night will be added per room and 1 USD per car rental and tour transaction.

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    it's not likely aruba was cheap to begin with. it's manhattan prices down there as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Trying to come up with $$$$$ to pay for new cruise ship port , revitalization of downtown and cargo ship port?
    Then they should lay that charge on the cruise ships and cargo ships, not the general fly-in visitor.

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    i was asking a question?
    i do wonder if port charges will go up too?

    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    Then they should lay that charge on the cruise ships and cargo ships, not the general fly-in visitor.

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    I'm probably the devils advocate here but I can see the logic in this. They need to raise some cash for infrastructure or improvements (or maybe just government raises). So who are you are you gonna tax for it, your residents or foreign visitors? None of us like this extra 3 dollar a night charge but its not going to drive us to another island either.
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    Does it say when this will take effect?

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    It's all about the SLICK. We pay for the SLICK
    The need to be New York SLICK and have wonderful roads and plenty of lights at night. It is all about the SLICK of glamour and the bringing in massive entertainment venues that inevitably will loose money, even if the whole island showed up and paid VIP prices.
    The SLICK is a response to a demand and that demand is an expensive one. Bigger better airports than most islands
    Bigger better hospital facilities than most islands
    A staggering amount of restaurants that have drive through facilities
    Thee movie complexes - each with multiple screens and each not well attended.
    Way to many LED advertising boards to let you know about all the SLICK places that we have.
    It is all about the need for the slick.

    Me - I like to go on vacations where the roads are bumpy and the restaurants have open windows. I like to smell ocean and not look at it from 14 stories high while taking pictures with my I-PHONE. I like to stay at Pedro's hotel and not the RITZ. I like stores that do not need security and beaches that prohibit plastic cups. Me - I hate the SLICK and hope that it stops it's seemingly unsatisfied grasp on our island.

    But then .... that is just me. It is a simple me that wonders about a gaudy large heart placed in the middle of town so that cars will slow down and the entire traffic structure is changed so that people will stand next to the big red heart and have their moment of SLICK immortalized. The SLICK is when one group of vacationers start to feel better than another and demand to have the luxuries of their perceptions - after all, aren't we all just trying to relax?

    In other words, As long as the tourists to Aruba do not say stop this. As long as the tourists of Aruba demand another small Manhattan in the Caribbean that has Rock Hotels and Carlton Blues, As long as the older values of vacationing are no longer important, As long as that continues, the SLICK will continue and will continue to cost money.

    I just came back from Mexico and while in the hotel room looked at a promotional clip for Cancun. That is a place where the SLICK has devoured the City and is looking for other tourism places to eat.

    Perhaps if all we demanded on our vacatons was ..... and not .....

    be well
    charles



    Quote Originally Posted by drivr View Post
    I'm probably the devils advocate here but I can see the logic in this. They need to raise some cash for infrastructure or improvements (or maybe just government raises). So who are you are you gonna tax for it, your residents or foreign visitors? None of us like this extra 3 dollar a night charge but its not going to drive us to another island either.
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    be well
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    $40 more for next year

    So my next years vacation just went up $40. just in taxes, never mind the airfare that is about $100 more and food etc....

    Oh well a sign of the times...still love Aruba, but do agree with Charles, its time to slow down...
    I still remember the first time we went goats and dunkies ran around free and no giant supermarkets just the warehouse Certified ....

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    love reading all opinions.
    i do though wish it were on a more pleasant subject.

    i wonder if the "room tax" will be for timeshare as well?
    that current per night timeshare tax is sizable now.

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