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    It is true that next year will be the test, but having said that, the crowds at the hotels are way down! From what I am told, many hotels are operating on 20-40% capacity. You can notice the lack of people on the beach.

    Timeshares are a different story, they are holding their own as their units are already bought and paid for. This may be where we many see a decrease next year as 2009 trips had already been planned and flights arranged.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    WE JUST CAME BACK FROM ARUBA ON FEB 26TH. SPOKE W/ SEVERAL RESTURANT OWNERS IN TOWN & THEY'RE WORRIED!! ONE OF THE OWNERS AT DON CARLOS TOLD ME HE'S THINKING OF SELLING! OUR ECONOMIC MESS IN THE US IS EFFECTING THE WORLD.
    YES, TIMESHARES ARE BUSY (WE HAVE ONE) USE 'EM OR LOOSE 'EM, BUT PEOPLE ARE NOT SPENDING LIKE BEFORE. RESTAURANTS & VENDORS (NOT SURE OF JEWELERY STORES BECAUSE COLUMBIAN EMERALDS WAS BUSY WHEN WE WERE THERE BUT TWO SHIPS WERE IN) FINDING PEOPLE NOT SPENDING. I TALKED WITH OTHER TIMESHARE OWNERS WHO TOLD THEY THEY MADE DINNER TO SAVE MONEY. WE WALKED AROUND THE HIGHRISE AND IT DEFINATLY WAS NOT AS CROWDED AS LAST YEAR. IT WAS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS. ALSO SPOKE W/ OUR CAPTAIN ON A PARTY CRUISE - HE ALSO CONFIRMED HE IS NOT AS BUSY. ALREADY LAST YEAR CAPTAIN JETHRO, ON A SNORKELING TRIP, TOLD US IF THINGS DIDN'T TURN AROUND, HE WOULD BE IN TROUBLE. I WAS TOLD THAT THE NEW WATERPARK HAS SO MUCH CONSTRUCTION COSTS TIED UP THAT THEY'RE HAVING ALREADY HAVING A HARD TIME MAKING IT. ALSO, OUR SERVER AT THE PADDOCK TOLD US THOSE NEW CONDO'S ON THE CRUISE DOCK ARE FOR PRIVATE SALE FOR 35 MIL. they're 80% DONE AND BCUZ THEY COULDN'T SELL ANYTHING BUT A COUPLE OF COMMERCIAL LEASES DUE TO ECONOMY, HE RAN OUT OF $. IF I ONLY HAD INVESTORS!

    YES, YOU CAN WATCH PLANES COME IN ALL DAY ON THE BEACH......BUT UNTIL PEOPLE SPEND, SADLY, ARUBA'S TOURISM WILL HAVE A HARD TIME UNTIL HOPEFULLY NEW PRES TURNS THINGS AROUND. FOR ALL OF US WHO LOVE'S ARUBA SOOOO MUCH, HOPEFULLY EVERYONE WILL HANG IN THERE.

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    that sucks. i hope the economic fallout doesn't affect the "safe" haven environment of aruba. i hope we can still walk around undetered at night.

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    Palm Beach was extremely busy last night. All the restaurants we have gone to have been full and we've waited 15 minutes to a half hour at some that don't take reservations. Maybe we just go to good restaurants??? Have to admit the service at The Paddock stinks so we don't go there and we don't go to Don Carlos either. If we're downtown we'll lunch at Iguana Joe's and it has been busy each time. Azzuro told us that business was up for them (Italian in Playa Linda) and Gianni's, Smokey Joe's and Casa Tua were bursting at the seams. It was early (7ish )when we got up there).

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    Arrow Aruba Tourism Authority reports 6.88% increase in stay-over arrivals in 2008

    Aruba Tourism Authority reports 6.88% increase in stay-over arrivals in 2008

    by Rona Coster http://batibleki.visitaruba.com/2009/03/17/1813/

    The Aruba Tourism Authority, ATA, has just released the conclusive 2008 yearend figures of stay-over arrivals, reporting that as the number of Aruba’s visitors was tallied at the end of December, excluding cruise ship arrivals, the result showed positive growth, an increase of 6.88% in 2008 over yearend 2007.

    In 2008, the total stay-over arrivals by air stands at 825,137 in comparison to 772,036 stay-over arrivals in 2007. This translates into an increase of 53,101 more visitors in 2008 over 2007 and a significant number of 131,765 more stay-over visitors over 2006.
    The Aruba Tourism Authority is pleased to report that all main markets, in both North America and South America, countries supplying Aruba with visitors, have experienced satisfactory growth.

    An in-depth examination of stay-over arrivals in 2008 indicates that the island was enjoying a double digit growth over 2007 for the first quarter of the year, with January closing at +20.8% growth, February at +22.0% and March at +19.1%.
    The month of April slowed down to a still satisfactory +3.0% growth over 2007, then surged to a record of +22.76% in May, and cooled off again in June as the first summer month closed with a +4.4% increase followed by July +4.6% increase and August +5.7% increase, over 2007.

    From September on, the trend reversed, and the number of stay-over visitors slipped -5.2% over 2007 in September, - 6.4% in October, - 3,1% in November, with December closing at a +0.2% plateau, concluding 12 months with an average 6.88% increase in stay-over arrivals, over the previous year.

    According to the facts gathered by the Aruba’s Central Bureau of Statistic, CBS, the hotel ADR, average daily rate increased by 4.4% in 2008, yet the other indicator used by the hotel industry to measure business results, namely the rev par, revenue per available room, experienced a decrease of -1%.

    Aruba’s average occupancy for the properties affiliated with the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, AHATA, registered at 73.2% in 2008 versus 74.4% in 2007, a slight decrease of 1.2%.

    As expected, Aruba’s timeshare resorts performed well in 2008 posting 85% occupancy, compared to 83.2% in 2007.

    The Aruba Tourism Authority states that in view of its finding, 2008 was overall a good year, but that the last quarter of the year is indicative of the tourism trend for 2009. During these difficult times, it is even more important for the island to continue to offer an excellent and diverse vacation product, meeting and exceeding visitors’ expectations.

    January and February 2009 arrivals
    For the first two months of 2009, stay-over arrival stats from the airport immigration RADEX system, posted a -2.3% decrease for January while February registered a 7.7% drop, for an average of 5% year to date.

    Since last year ATA has informed that due to the global economic crisis, it cannot expect further growth in 2009. The current forecast for Aruba is a 5-10 % decrease in tourism arrivals in 2009. “This forecast can of course change, based on the further development of the global economic crisis. Our goal is to minimize the decrease caused by the impact of global challenges as much as possible and to embark on new opportunities as they arise”, said Myrna Jansen, Managing Director of the ATA.
    Aruba’s contingency fund for marketing will increase Aruba’s high profiled presence in the island’s main markets, as that fund has dramatically increased Aruba’s presence on Cable, print, online, in cinemas and subways, when it facilitated the island’s current “90 friends you haven’t met yet” campaign starring many island personalities.
    ATA will continue to monitor the ever-changing economic picture with vigilance, alert to all changes in the fluctuating market."

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    those are some sizable drops in visitors for 2009...perhaps there's a silver lining here for all of yous repeat addicts - the souring tourism industry will bring prices down in aruba for all so that we no longer have to pay 15 for a burger and another 5 for a soda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fattypatty View Post
    the souring tourism industry will bring prices down in aruba for all so that we no longer have to pay 15 for a burger and another 5 for a soda.
    Exactly our reason for leaving the "luxury" of Palm Beach and laying low now at the all inclusive Tamarijn. No surcharges and decent alcohol. It is all good.

    Now if we could just get the airlines from Atlanta to give us a break.

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