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    Ritz-Carlton first five-star hotel
    19 Feb, 2009, 08:37 (GMT -04:00)

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    Bill Marriot shakes hands with Prime Minister Nelson Oduber after the plans for the five star Ritz-Carlton in Aruba became definate. ORANJESTAD – After four years of negotiations, the Aruban government has finally her first five-star hotel, The Ritz-Carlton. The hotel with 320 rooms will come next to the Marriott resort that is also the parent company of this luxurious hotel chain. The 360 million florins investment is officially done by the Venezuelan group Desarrollos Hotelco S.A. that turned out to be the best from a public tender.
    Bill Marriott, project puller Walter Stipa of the investment group, Premier Nelson Oduber, Finance-minister Nilo Swaen, and Tourism-minister Edison Briesen gathered in the Marriott-hotel to celebrate the agreement. It was a big party for especially Aruba; the island has been trying for more than 15 years to bring in a five-star hotel. However, investors pulled out or never came with sufficient money at the end. The Oduber-cabinet decided after criticism from the opposition and the business life, to start a public tender in 2007. Especially because governments of a different colour (AVP) have caused big financial problems in the past, by giving guarantees and tax exemptions to hotels.
    A committee considered the plans of the Venezuelan investment group/Marriott as the best during a tender. The hotel will have to rise now on the popular beach of the Fisherman’s Huts.
    The Oduber government has received a lot of criticism in the past years for wanting to build a new hotel on this beach. The Chamber of Commerce, employers’ association, and also experts inside the government had pointed the government out on several studies and reports that Aruba has a lot of mass hotels like this one. Besides, they do not deliver the desired high-quality employment, but only more cheap workers from abroad. The infrastructure is also no longer adequate for this.
    Also the environmental movement is very much worried about the consequences for the protected turtle species that nest on the Fisherman’s Huts every year. The movement says that very little attention is given to environmental protection. At least three hundred meter free beach will be gone if the new hotel comes.
    Premier Oduber says that the hotel project is part of the economic diversification policy of the government to attract wealthier tourists to Aruba. He is extra proud of the fact that in this economic difficult time, they still managed to bring in such huge investment.
    “Aruba needs construction work”, says Oduber as a result of the signals that also the building sector is already suffering under the crisis. “We can sit down and deliberate, but the answer is construction work. We can’t have the aspiration and pretention like the rich countries that can invest millions of tax money as economic way out. Our means are too limited for that.” The premier hopes that the stimulation package of the American president Barack Obama will pay off in Aruba.
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    The first action group has already started with protests against the build of the five-star hotel. Rainbow Warriors threatens with a worldwide boycott of Marriott and all her chains. The movement has been writing letters to The Ritz Carlton to ask attention for the environmental problem. The hotel chain has answered Rainbow in 2006, stating that with all the projects, they try to avoid damaging effects for the environment

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    money talks, sad to say....

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    I cant imagine staying at the Ritz and spending all that money and not being able to even enjoy the ocean.We are owners at the Surf and for the last three years in October the water and beach were horrible.Yes I know what has been done with the beach and ocean but what will be done to fix it permanently?

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    Aruba is ruining itself. There are way too many units in the high rise area in the first place and there is no need for another hotel, especially in the current environment. As much as I like the marriott casino there are too many rooms in such a small place. Part of the appeal of Aruba WAS that it was not overbuilt and commercialized but now it is getting ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DANNYO View Post
    We are owners at the Surf and for the last three years in October the water and beach were horrible.Yes I know what has been done with the beach and ocean but what will be done to fix it permanently?
    During my stay over the next few weeks, I am going to have meeting with the manager. I sent him a long letter after my visit in December. He responded favourally and requested we meet to discuss some of the issues I put forth. One of them was what you were asking about Dannyo. So stay tuned, and I will let you know what develops. I probably won't meet him until the week of March 1st.
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Quote Originally Posted by DANNYO View Post
    I cant imagine staying at the Ritz and spending all that money and not being able to even enjoy the ocean.We are owners at the Surf and for the last three years in October the water and beach were horrible.Yes I know what has been done with the beach and ocean but what will be done to fix it permanently?
    Hi,

    Can you explain what the problem with the beach near Surf?

    Thank you,

    Splash

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    I thought the Ritz was going to be built at Tera del sol?

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    After the deal fell thru a few years ago - they were in talks w/ Terra Del Sol - but it didn't work out - it was going to be right by Arashi beach and StimAruba, Rainbow Warriors and many Arubians protested because Arashi is regarded as a "local" beach - they didn't want a resort to "take it over". As far as I know that area is still zoned
    for a resort but there haven't been any agreements. Now Terra del Sol is busy w/ a new phase that is selling timeshares. That location is not on Arashi beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    During my stay over the next few weeks, I am going to have meeting with the manager. I sent him a long letter after my visit in December. He responded favourally and requested we meet to discuss some of the issues I put forth. One of them was what you were asking about Dannyo. So stay tuned, and I will let you know what develops. I probably won't meet him until the week of March 1st.
    Randi,When we were on Aruba in October I meet with Scott and he did explain the things that they were going to do with the beach and ocean.From what I have read they did do the beach and ocean (sea solutions) and it did help the problem.Scott is a very friendly person who will listen to everything you have to say and react to it.Tell him DannyO said hello.We will be back in October.Waiting for your report,HAVE A GREAT TRIP...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash View Post
    Hi,

    Can you explain what the problem with the beach near Surf?

    Thank you,

    Splash
    After the fishing pier was moved there has been problems with an odor and the ocean floor seems to be slimy.The Marriott owners had a company (sea solutions) to clean up the problem and from what Ive been told its allot better.It seems the way the ocean current is when there is a storm all the seaweed ends up at that end of the island.I'm sure there is other plans in the works but who knows when.With the Ritz being built next to the Marriott properties some thing will have to be done.Customers of the Ritz will demand better ocean and beach conditions.Hope this helped.

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