With mixed feelings I post this:
Cancellation Of The Agreement Would Cost Aruba Millions Of Dollars
February 16th 2010, Aruba.
ORANJESTAD-The big boss of Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels, Mr. Bill Marriott will arrive on the
island to officially announce the Ritz Carlton project on February 17th 2010. The
previous government has signed an agreement for the transfer of land and the eventual
contruction of Ritz Carlton Resort Casino & Spa in October 2009, a day before power was
transferred to the new government.
The proposed Ritz Carlton hotel has met with much opposition from local environmental
organizations, the public and the opposition parties (now present government) in the past. The
project will be constructed in one of the last lots of Palm Beach, north of the Marriott Surf Club
where the sport of windsurfing is practised.
Lawyers have studied the agreement thoroughly, and concluded that an eventual cancellation of
the contract with Ritz Carlton will cost the Aruban community millions of dollars. The above
mentioned reason has led the present government not to challenge the agreement with Ritz
The government would like to see some adaption done in the agreement, including expansion of
the beach and the cancellation of 750 temporary permits for foreign construction workers. Ritz
Carlton has agreed with the present government to have the beach expanded to allow access for
There are many people without jobs, and construction companies are in need of big projects says
the Minister of Tourism, Otmar Oduber. “There is no need to bring 750 foreign workers on the
island for the construction of a resort when there are enough Arubans and foreigners residing on
the island to do so.” The government is committed with the Aruban community to have that part
of the agreement annulled.