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    Member Judy L's Avatar
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    We won't cut back on Aruba either BUT the drinks around the pool are priced crazy.We will buy more at Ling and son's .Cindy I love your thought of a one way ticket.In 2009 we will be in Aruba 2+weeks in Feb plus 2+ in April.Oh well>>>Someone has to do it

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    As you all should know, JudyL is one of our traveling family members....cindyo

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    Thank you, Rob O. I appreciate the compliment. Glad I can contribute.

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    Senior Member lindon's Avatar
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    We will still make our trip in 2009. I've already been figuring out ways to save at home, so I will have the money to spend in Aruba. My countdown to Aruba is what gets me through the cold winter months of January and February. As for when I am in Aruba, we will continue to eat out. The 11 days we are there are the only ones out of the the whole year that I am not cooking and picking up after people. I am truly on vacation when I am there.
    Last edited by lindon; 10-31-2008 at 07:16 PM.

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    Sorry if the post came up twice
    Last edited by lindon; 10-31-2008 at 07:19 PM.

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    No change in plans since I plan on winning big a the casino
    and even if I couldn't afford to go I would get another job to get there anyway
    Arubapiggy, Aruba Dreaming


    Baby #2 on the way so no trip until Nov 2010

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    I've been here since Oct. 9 and have seen a lot less tourism in the North corridor than last year at this same time. We aren't eating out every night or spending money in the jewelry stores but that is because we went from timeshare owners to homeowners as of April '08! Actually we do try to support local hardware and furniture stores. But, got to save $$ somewhere b/c water, electric is extremely expensive here.
    OK, yes, we are diehard Aruba visitors as the question asked and will continue to visit here as often as possible, but also are very concerned @ the island businesses. Will they survive a major crush if tourism falls off? When any economy is based soley on one source of income and that income disappears, then they suffer the most while trying to grow in new areas. What do the businesses have to fall back on here?
    People here say that the big $$ from Venezuela is coming here. The socialist gov't there is taking over businesses and people are putting money into this economy. So if the Americans don't come - the island may not suffer as much when the money flows in from Latin America. Time will tell.

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    My observations re: economic impact as we just returned.
    Casinos were pretty quiet. We did not gamble, but our friends told us each night, except on Fri 24 Oct were slow. They visit 2 or 3 casinos each night for an hour or 2 at each.

    Restaurants were very slow. We only ate out 3 times.
    Chris the asst. manager at Madam Janettes said that most restaurant business is way down. The funny thing is that 2 of the more upscale places (Madam Janette, Flying fishbone) are not seeing too much of a decline. Apparently like us, folks make a point of visiting only their favorite places and places like FF and MJ still see their business doing ok. At the pool at Lacabana daily we heard reports from the 6 families seated near us..............they hit a multitude of restaurants each night and all agreed business is slow.

    And.......a comment that i can not get out of my mind. One of the taxi drivers that I saw at Lacabana told us that his family as well as many others have adjusted their expenditures greatly. He gave the example that his family now has 1 meal a day and then eat a few snacks instead of 2 other meals. His family eats a large breakfast every morning and the rest of the daily meals are small snack-like.

    The lady that filled our tank at the gas station told us that folks are coming in and saying put in an exact amount ex: 30 florins instead of saying fill 'er up.

    I asked a lot of questions
    I did a lot of listening during this trip.

    This economic crisis is worldwide.

    andrea

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    I am going in January. Have cut back a little here in New Jersey. The vacation time in Aruba keeps me motivated all year. It is a must.

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    Even though I had already made comments about the economy and cutting back on meals, etc., on our trip in 2009; I want to add, that everyone loves eating out on vacation, but, we had resolved to cook meals in our room; enjoy a leisurely lunch on the beach; and, agree that if we did make an exception to the eating out rule..which we have now resolved...it would be for those delicious ribs at Tony Roma's...quick service; delicious ribs.

    That being said, we are looking forward to another one of our many trips to Aruba, probably, next June.

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