an interesting article
bourbon st reference. makes me say hmmmm?
Very interesting. It could be fun to explore a street filled with bars and music, but ... dare I say while New Orleans is a tourist destination there is a safety concern with all the partying.
Love the concept....let's wait and see what happens....
ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Wouldn't it be nicer if it were like bearskin neck in rockport ma?
never been...can't compare....what is it ???
ARUBA....HOME AWAY FROM HOME
I have read about the San Nicholas project quite some time ago. I believe it's just the first step to further expansions into the south part in Aruba. There are already three more large projects in the making.
I personally would LOVE to keep Aruba as it is. I don't like the Ritz at all. I sounded as the Ritz was the last hotel being build. But there are plans for those three large projects in the southern part.
IMO, the beautification of San Nicholas is the doorstep to those projects.
What I would like very much: to restore historical buildings. Yes to make San Nicholas prettier. But absolutely NO to more resorts, hotels, condominiums, golf courses etc in the south of Aruba.
This is just my personal view on this matter.
Here is an interesting article going back to June 2011:
Carubbian Festival ready to light up San Nicolas
- Published on: Jun 08, 2011
- By: Carib Media
Carubbian Festival ready to light up San NicolasMinisters Otmar Oduber and Mike de Meza officially announced recently that the first edition of the Carubbian Festival is scheduled for June 9th in San Nicolas! Members of the Carubbian Foundation, Antoni Garrio, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of ATA and representative of the minister of social affairs Alice van Romondt were present for this important announcement.
For the past 7 months the Foundation has been working diligently on this festival to be able to offer a high caliber program. Minister Oduber remarked that this festival is extremely important in view of the emphasis placed on the government’s tourism vision and the ‘Producto Aruba’ platform.
Producto Aruba is not only the beautification of the different areas of the island, but also Aruba’s intent on providing quality service and to ensure that we offer what the tourist wants and to even surpass the expectation of our visitors.
This festival must become the second most important festival for Aruba, with all due respect for the Bon Bini festival held weekly in Oranjestad, according to Oduber.
This festival, according to the Minister of Tourism, will afford our visitors an opportunity to learn something of our culture and history, and at the same time enable them to visit the other part of the island to stimulate the needed development there. Special tents replete with the logo and branding of Carubbian Festival have been designed along with an extensive marketing plan to provide a festival of top caliber for San Nicolas.
San Nicolas is the ‘barrio’ where 60 to 70 years ago more than 47 different nationalities came together to live and eventually remained ever since. Hence, it is the intention to bring our visitors to this end of the island so they can see and experience some of its culture and history, and to make San Nicolas another important attraction for our tourists.
A special booth will be placed at the airport dedicated to providing information and flyers about the Carubbian Festival for all arriving visitors. Visitors will be able to purchase their San Nicolas package at different tour operators. Oduber was grateful for the funds made available for this venture. He expressed gratitude for all who contributed in making it a reality.
And a more recent article mentioning the additional three projects which are planned:
Beautification projects announced for three Aruban beaches
- Published on: Jul 30, 2013
- By: Carib Media
Courtesy of: The Morning News
Aruba is famous for its beaches, of which those best known to island visitors are Palm Beach, Eagle Beach and Manchebo Beach, where most of the resorts are situated. However, the island has several lovely and more secluded beach areas that beg for development, and the current administration announced definitive plans to improve these areas during a press conference on July 22.
Minister of Tourism, Transport and Labor, Otmar Oduber, hosted the conference, with the Minister of Infrastructure, Immigration and Environment, Benny Sevinger, and Minister of Finance, Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Mike de Meza, in attendance.
The three targeted areas are Baby Beach in San Nicolas, which is often frequented by vacationers, Surfside, on the eastern end of Oranjestad, adjacent to the airport, and the bay at Cura Cubai, at the western end of San Nicolas, which is rarely visited, but offers excellent conditions for many water activities.
The Surfside area is a popular place with islanders, particularly on weekends. The area to be developed is between the Plaza Turismo and the airport, and is actually a part of the second phase of development of the Aruba Linear Park. This will eventually stretch along the coastline, from the Reina Beatrix International Airport to north of Malmok and beyond Palm Beach. Minister Sevinger signed the official agreement for commencement of the second phase of the park two week ago.
All three beaches will be groomed and landscaped with increased foliage and parking areas. Concession stands for water activities and snacks will be added, as well as public sanitation facilities, adequate refuse containers, and reinforced piers for fishing boats at Surfside and Cura Cabai.
Minister Oduber cited the many advantages of improving these areas, which convinced the government to propose the projects and Parliament to approve them. The benefits will be both to visitors and the community in general. Part of the plan entails arranging with several of the cruise ships to deploy these beaches for their passengers when calling in Oranjestad Harbor. This will relieve the congestion that often occurs along Palm Beach, where the shorefront is already crowded with hotel guests. By directing the vast number of single-day visitors to these attractive, empty beaches, the vacation experience will be improved for both cruise ship passengers and stay over visitors.
Minister Sevinger explained that the influx to the areas will provide opportunity for commerce among those living in these neighborhoods, allowing them to do business closer to home. Improvements to Baby Beach and the development of Cura Cubai are particularly in line with the present administration's plan to revitalize San Nicolas and see it become a secondary center of tourism. Eventually, some small, "boutique" resorts would also fit into this plan.
"San Nicolas and its environs do provide a more authentic Caribbean experience," observed Minister Oduber. "We wish this to be part of the tourist experience; a more realistic example of island and regional culture."
Minister Oduber stated the cost of the three projects combined will be 7.2 million Arubian florins (4.11 Million Dollars U.S.) and it will be funded in the majority by the Fundo Desaroyo Arubano, FDA (Aruba Development Fund) with minor amounts coming from other sources. They are now accepting bids on the projects, and hope to see the Baby Beach improvements completed within 6 to 9 months.
The ministers pointed out there are presently 87 beautification projects taking place in all neighborhoods of Aruba. Their ultimate vision is that Aruba not only consists of one or two specific areas worth visiting by vacationers, but for the island to be a cohesive whole, offer many enjoyable experiences and interesting sights no matter where tourists travel on the island.
Hickenson Hotel is part of the big plans for San Nicolas
On 27 Sep, 2013 At 04:24 PM | Categorized As Local | With 0 Comments
Within the context of the big plans that the government has for San Nicolas, last week the Minister of Tourism held a meeting with one of the heirs of the Hickenson Hotel in San Nicolas.
During this meeting the minister received good news that one of the heirs will purchase the property and will continue developing the hotel. Everything indicates that financing is completed and only a few details are left to be finalized. Soon we should see construction activity on the site again.
The meeting with the Hickenson heir was to explore the direction that the family wants to take with the hotel here in San Nicolas to ascertain if this fits with the plans that the government has for developing San Nicolas as the second tourism capital of Aruba.
The plans for Carubbian Street is to create a cultural atmosphere like the Carubbian Festival, but permanent, attracting tourist to above the bridge: San Nicolas.
With respect to the changes, we may have to change some laws to include a casino project. Also Hotel Marchena has been accorded a casino with their developers. They will make an exception for them in view of the limited number of rooms, which are less than required by our current laws.
The Minister has agreed with Mrs. Hickenson that they will contact their other family member who will be the proprietor of the hotel. During the upcoming weeks contact will be established. Or, better yet, during a trip of a delegation to New Orleans. The idea is to also explore how the government’s plans can fit into the concept of the Carubbian Street.
A delegation of the government and investors are planning a trip to New Orleans to learn how the concept works and to see how they can utilize the Bourbon Street concept in San Nicolas.
The Minister explained that the plan that the government has is a well defined plan, where investors are already very interested in investing in San Nicolas to create the second tourism capital of Aruba. This will be a completely new product for Aruba compared to what we have in Palm Beach. A new experience with more culture, music and history that will provide visitors with a completely new experience.
Editor’s Note: This hotel stands for about 10 years now as an ugly eyesore at the head of the Main Street in San Nicolas. Developing it into a thriving business would be the best thing for San Nicolas, indeed. We only hope they don’t drag their feet on this!
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