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Suggests ATIA require a visa to enter from Venezuela to Aruba
Oranjestad - The Association of Commerce and Industry of Aruba (ATIA), representing the business sector, it expressed concern about the negative effects of what they called a "non-traditional tourism" from Venezuela. Today, through a statement they expressed concern detail.
According ATIA, Venezuela is currently going through a period of crisis and the effects of this are also felt in Aruba.
The following is a partial translation of the statement:
SITUATION AT THE AIRPORT
Migration situation at the airport of Aruba is tense due to the process controls are carried tourists from Venezuela. As has happened in recent months it has intensified control as to the amount of cash that each person must have in order to enter the island. This control process cash and check the place of accommodation for tourists Venezuela, hindering the flow of tourists from other destinations that come to our island.
Consequently, this situation is affecting the first impression you get from tourists Aruba, which generates negative comments that surely do not want. ATIA expected by those seeking solutions to clean up this situation.
A large proportion of tourists from Venezuela, according to the trade union, come for a few days and stay in family homes and apartments rather than hotels. The accommodations and illegal taxis take advantage of the situation to get an extra ticket without paying taxes. They have also seen cases where there is no accommodation available and people have chosen to sleep outdoors on the beaches. Daily groups are walking around the island with suitcases in tow. The accommodation in the residential sectors have become common transit certain amount of people walk through these areas, creating a tension at any time of day. The image and the effects of this non-traditional tourism and promote lawlessness that this brings, is damaging to the image of Aruba on the outside and at the other tourists who visit our island and I do stay in hotels and spend money.
As mentioned above, the financial situation of Venezuela has caused a group of Venezuelan tourists come to Aruba for financial reasons. This group tries at all costs to get the money from Aruba. The number of cases of scratch-quota is alarming, because many dollars in cash are being pulled out of Aruba, thus causing a slowdown in cash flow in our island. ATIA supports Aruba Bankers Association in its actions against establishments that provide scratch-quotas. Those traders who facilitate transactions scratch-quotas should be aware that it is illegal and could face the consequences.
Finally, the biggest concern is safety on our island. ATIA is concerned about the number of tourists from Venezuela who are exceeding their period of stay as tourists. Venezuela is one of the most dangerous countries in the world and while some are looking for a better future, others are just looking for easy money and commit criminal acts for that purpose.
Recently ATIA, along with AHATA and FTA, met with ministers concerning safety and gave some suggestions to improve the situation. Some of these suggestions are: Increase police presence in the areas of Palm Beach, Eagle, Low-rise and Oranjestad, especially at night and on weekends; Increase police presence on the beaches; Implement and enforce a new law to area beaches; Implement the project of cameras.
PROBE THE POSSIBILITY OF DEMAND VISAS
They should also probe the possibilities to introduce a visa stay for tourists from Venezuela, as there is for tourists from Colombia, and introduce stricter laws to enter Aruba. This would limit the amount of people from Venezuela who come to our island. As for the situation at the airport ATIA suggests that a pre-screening of Venezuelan tourists before reaching migration and to be put in a separate row, as is done with local passengers is implemented. Thus they avoid the long queues and no other tourist destinations would be affected.