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    Junior Member WINTRSUX's Avatar
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    Aruban

    I own week 52 at The Aruban (purchased 2 years ago from the new owners KL Development) as well as owning 2 weeks in March since 1997.

    I tried writing to both of the email addresses published on The Aruban website. Both messages bounced immediately with delivery failure notices.

    I wrote to ATA and received a boilerplate response including:

    We will forward your message to a contact person at the Aruban Resort attn: Mrs. Jenifer Rodgers. Mrs. Rodgers could provide further details of the resort. Unfortunately, we do not have any means to provide internal issues of the resort. We appreciate your understanding.
    Yeah, well, The Aruban has already acknowledged their server is shut down and the temporary email addresses didn't work for me - I had already copied them on my email to ATA.

    I'm not a big fan of stress and worry at the holiday season; there is enough to do without laying awake nights wondering if the property will be open, staffed, and with functioning utilities. I've made other accommodation arrangements and I really scrambled because week 52 is a "sold out" week at all timeshares and hotels and most resorts and private rentals have been booked long ago for those dates.

    Trust me - there is VERY little availability on the island so anyone who just shows up without first verifying that The Aruban is open for business could have a very tough time indeed finding alternate accommodation at any price.

    I've always enjoyed the Christmas story but have no desire to personally re-enact it, with no room at the Inn and going door to door looking for a stable (garage?) and manger (sleeping bag on the beach?) ....

    Hopefully there will be resolution to this but sometimes things don't go quite as quickly as we would like and for me at this busy time of year, crossing my fingers or wishin' and hopin' and dreamin' are not useful tools for a good night's sleep.

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    Hey Wintr ( L )..... Glad you found another place... I am in the midst of finding something too..... I wasn't scheduled to arrive till Dec 31st and remaining there till Jan 22nd..... So much for that..... My heart goes out to all those that were there and displaced and for all those that had plans to stay there. I pray for all those that have lost wages and their jobs... Tourism is slower throughout the world, and even with the bad economy, many people still decided to visit Aruba and just cut back on the luxuries, like going out every evening for dinner, taking less side-trips, etc..... Imagine how this hit them financially when those that were displaced had to pay AGAIN as they were asked to leave had no place to go ...... YIKES.... Not sure if I'll get to utilize my 5 weeks there this April/May but will at least utilize the weeks I own at LaCabana... Hope all goes well for you... Marl
    Last edited by Mercedes Lady; 12-17-2009 at 10:21 AM.

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    your comments are well noted and pretty much most folks will agree with your sentements

    re: the ATA
    the tourism minister is working very hard trying to get this rectified
    there has been no official comment from the ATA due to the legalities and the court hearings that took place yesterday and taking place today

    more news coming today i hope

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    Exclamation Judge gives The Aruban Resort 48 hours

    "Judge gives The Aruban Resort 48 hours
    16 Dec, 2009, 07:46 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_66466.php

    ORANJESTAD — Hotel The Aruban Resort was given 48 hours to pay their personnel. This was the outcome of this morning’s summary proceedings, which 76 employees had instituted against the owners. They had demanded a bankruptcy if the hotel had not coughed up the salaries.

    The judge determined that the hotel has until four o’clock tomorrow afternoon to come up with the money to pay the employees by nine o’clock on Friday morning at the latest. The Chairman of the trade union FTA, Rudy Geerman, who represents the unsatisfied personnel, expects that the hotel will be declared bankrupt, if the aforementioned does not occur.

    The hotel, which also has timeshare rooms, has encountered financial problems for some time now as one of the American banks from which the hotel had borrowed millions of florins, had gone bankrupt. Meanwhile, the approx. two-hundred employees had hardly received their salary for the past two months. In the meantime, 127 rooms were vacated and 465 tourists have been accommodated elsewhere, in other hotels, such as the Marriott and La Cabana. The employees had received 20 percent of their salary from the hotel last week, says trade union Chairman Geerman.

    The total amount of the hotel’s debts is not known. However, the company owes the utility companies Elmar and WEB more than 2 million, says Geerman. The hotel still owes approx. 200.000 florins on salaries.

    Strike
    A large part of the personnel had gone on strike last week Monday. It had not been the first time, either. The Sales & Marketing department had closed at the beginning of this year, and 80 people had lost their job. However, the foreign hotel owners had reversed such a few weeks later. The salary payments had previously been an obstacle as well. Hotel employees had also stopped working a few months ago due to discontentment on their late salary payment.


    However, last week’s strike had been the largest.
    The management had previously confirmed that the hotel was coping with payment problems due to the debt of millions owed to aforementioned American bank. There had been less hotel guests and therefore less income due to the economical recession. The government had meddled in the matter since last week, in particular to save the employment."

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    terrible

    This is truly a sad situation. I feel very bad for all involved.

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    The Key Largo, too?

    I assume all of the employees at the Key Largo Casino are also out of work right now. Does anyone know if it's been closed as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip Collector View Post
    I assume all of the employees at the Key Largo Casino are also out of work right now. Does anyone know if it's been closed as well?

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    sad and disapointing
    i suspect that 4 pm today will come and go and nobody's wallet will be any richer............. boy i hope i am wrong

    they did not have the $ to pay the employees
    they did not have the $ to run the lights and water
    they did not have the $ to do daily maintenance
    how does anyone with half a working brain expect this to be paid today if they have NO money?

    how much equity is in the place?
    so much debt and it is leased land
    i would love to know the debt:equity ratio

    i am angry and upset that this could and DID happen.
    folks are losing their shirts, their vacations and their tempers.

    ok off my soapbox

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    "Judge gives The Aruban Resort 48 hours
    16 Dec, 2009, 07:46 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_66466.php

    ORANJESTAD — Hotel The Aruban Resort was given 48 hours to pay their personnel. This was the outcome of this morning’s summary proceedings, which 76 employees had instituted against the owners. They had demanded a bankruptcy if the hotel had not coughed up the salaries.

    The judge determined that the hotel has until four o’clock tomorrow afternoon to come up with the money to pay the employees by nine o’clock on Friday morning at the latest. The Chairman of the trade union FTA, Rudy Geerman, who represents the unsatisfied personnel, expects that the hotel will be declared bankrupt, if the aforementioned does not occur.

    The hotel, which also has timeshare rooms, has encountered financial problems for some time now as one of the American banks from which the hotel had borrowed millions of florins, had gone bankrupt. Meanwhile, the approx. two-hundred employees had hardly received their salary for the past two months. In the meantime, 127 rooms were vacated and 465 tourists have been accommodated elsewhere, in other hotels, such as the Marriott and La Cabana. The employees had received 20 percent of their salary from the hotel last week, says trade union Chairman Geerman.

    The total amount of the hotel’s debts is not known. However, the company owes the utility companies Elmar and WEB more than 2 million, says Geerman. The hotel still owes approx. 200.000 florins on salaries.

    Strike
    A large part of the personnel had gone on strike last week Monday. It had not been the first time, either. The Sales & Marketing department had closed at the beginning of this year, and 80 people had lost their job. However, the foreign hotel owners had reversed such a few weeks later. The salary payments had previously been an obstacle as well. Hotel employees had also stopped working a few months ago due to discontentment on their late salary payment.

    However, last week’s strike had been the largest.
    The management had previously confirmed that the hotel was coping with payment problems due to the debt of millions owed to aforementioned American bank. There had been less hotel guests and therefore less income due to the economical recession. The government had meddled in the matter since last week, in particular to save the employment."

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    All of this is so wrong.

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    The Aruban Closing

    This is terrible news!

    When we started to walk toward Hyatt, a man and a women was parked at the edge of the street and came out of the shadows to offer us to go for a presentation at the Aruban. We told them we already owned enough timeshares and were not interested. When we walked away, we looked back and noticed they were stopping everyone. That is really strange! I would hope that the Aruba Government will step in to assist the people that already own at the Aruban or rent at the Aruban and work with the other resorts to provide these peoplewith a special discounted rate that already made air reservations for now and the coming months.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 12-17-2009 at 04:07 PM.
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