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    per: minister oduber's facebook page
    there is a photo of a JB gate (at jfk) set up announcing that the 1,000,000 stay over visitor will be on that flight leaving jfk......to aua..today.
    1st jfk to aua flight of the day.

    agree jacki that it should be a true vacationing person.
    it should be interesting to see how it all plays out today.

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    Who will be Aruba's 1,000,000 stay over visitor for 2014?-one-mil.jpg One millionth visitor has landed!

    Picture from Aruba's FB page
    Last edited by Jacki; 12-17-2014 at 02:55 PM. Reason: Add pic
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Vicru Tung and Harki Dhaliwal
    Congratulations to this young couple.
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    photo from Aruba Airport Authority

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    I think all of us should book our trips for next december so that we can be in the running for 2015 one millionth.

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    Yes, congrats to them. What is their prize a free week? Dinner certificate?

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    2 r/t on jet blue for another trip
    dinner.........i hope so!
    Who will be Aruba's 1,000,000 stay over visitor for 2014?-10850004_865834350105569_3000368105185710993_n.jpg



    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Lipchock View Post
    Yes, congrats to them. What is their prize a free week? Dinner certificate?

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    Nice.....

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    That is so awesome, I am happy for them.

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    One Happy Island Of Aruba Celebrates One Huge MilestoneONE MILLION STAY-OVER VISITORS IN 2014






















    The One Happy Island of Aruba Welcomes One Millionth Happy Visitor aruba.com


    ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One happy island of Aruba celebrated one huge milestone, Wednesday, Dec. 17. For the first time in history, the destination welcomed its one-millionth stay-over visitor in a year – and JetBlue passengers traveling from New York to Aruba that morning were surprised to discover this lucky individual was on their flight.
    To celebrate this unprecedented milestone, Aruba treated all passengers aboard JetBlue 557 to a festive day of gifts and appreciative gestures, starting with an elaborate beach set-up at the JFK departure gate and concluding with a joyous reception at Reina Beatrix Aruba International Airport.
    "This was a special day in our small but glorious island's history," said Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) CEO Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes. "Over the last 50 years, Aruba has transformed from a quaint Dutch Caribbean island into a thriving tourist destination, and it meant the world to our local people to celebrate a milestone alongside some of our many valued visitors."
    Following take-off, JetBlue flight attendants helped kick off the party by raffling two future air tickets to Aruba and distributing small gifts on behalf of ATA to all passengers. The travelers, eager to discover who among them was the lucky one-millionth, received a grand welcome upon landing with an official water salute by the Aruba Fire Department and a lively greeting outside the gang way by Carnival dancers and Steelband performers.
    The excitement escalated in Reina Beatrix Aruba International Airport when the one-millionth passenger, was finally identified. A buzzer sounded to cue a brass band – Harki Dhaliwal was personally welcomed by Aruba's prime minister, minister of tourism, CEOs of ATA and the airport authority and Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association (AHATA) representatives.
    The celebration continued outside the terminal during a reception attended heavily by local Arubans – during which the one millionth visitor received two JetBlue tickets to return to Aruba, an engraved plaque and several complementary dinners and tours to enjoy while on-island. Whisked away to the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Harki Dhaliwal received one final surprise inside the hotel – a huge welcome by all front-end employees and upgraded accommodations.
    "This truly was a joyous celebration, not only to recognize our one-millionth visitor, but also to recognize the decades of perseverance of our friendly locals," said Minister of Tourism Otmar Oduber. "These key individuals include our early visionaries, fearless innovators and entrepreneurs, government and extensive private sector members and the thousands of employees who make up the heartbeat of our great tourism industry."
    The previous record for annual stay-over visitors in Aruba was 979,256 in 2013, followed by 903,934 in 2012. Reaching one million visitors as of Dec. 17, Aruba received a total of 962,228 stay-over visitors in 2014 by the end of November.
    Tourism receipts during 2013 and 2012 were 2,676.60 million (local currency) and 2,501.40 million respectively, or a 7 percent increase. Tourism receipts through June 2014 have totaled to 1,463.30 million, or a 4.9 increase as compared to this period in 2013.
    About Aruba
    As one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba -- One happy island -- is an island of contradictions, where pristine turquoise waters collide against the desert-like terrain of the north shore; where peace and relaxation coexist with wild and rugged adventures; where Dutch influence meets American ease; and where a diverse history parallels a bright future. Nestled in the Southern Caribbean on the fringes of the hurricane belt, the island is just a two-and-a-half hour flight from Miami and a four-hour flight from New York City and also boasts year-round cooling trade winds and an average 82-degree temperature. Aruba offers beach lovers, adrenaline junkies, relaxation seekers and everyone in between a slice of paradise, including breathtaking beaches, a booming culinary scene, world famous festivals and events, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, sumptuous spas, championships golf and exclusive shopping. With all-inclusive options, boutique properties in charming Eagle Beach, high-rise branded resorts in Palm Beach or cosmopolitan city hotels in Oranjestad, the island of contradictions provides the perfect getaway for first-time guests and loyal visitors. www.aruba.com.

    For More Media Information
    Lauren Novo
    The Zimmerman Agency
    (850) 668-2222 - ArubaPR@zimmerman.com

    Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141219/165606
    SOURCE Aruba Tourism Authority


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