The President of the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association, James Hepple, speaking to the 50 tour operators, travel agents and airline representatives from Latin America at the opening ceremony of the Aruba Tourism Authority’s Conferencia Anual de Turismo de Aruba 2011, updated the delegates on the many ongoing improvements to Aruba’s hotel and tourism sector.
He stressed the ongoing commitment of the private sector to the continuing improvement of Aruba’s tourism product and provided the delegates with a list of numerous major investments currently underway in Aruba.
The major projects include:
The Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino and Spa will complete a major $30 million refreshment of every room of the 355 room resort as well as a total renovation of its casino by September of this year.
Since 2008, The La Cabana Beach and Racquet Club has embarked on a $35 million total renovation of all 449 units and public areas and will spend $10 million this year to complete the renovation program by refreshing the final 72 units and finishing the renovation of the lobby.
This October the Marriott Surf Club will spend $6 million on completely refreshing the 144 two bedroom villas of its Compass Tower.
The Hyatt Hotel will spend $5 million during the course of this year on upgrading a number of different areas of the hotel.
The Divi Village and Golf Resort will spend $4 million on completing the renovation of its 132 suites and Divi will also spend $6 million on renovating the Alhambra Casino as well as adding a shopping mall with a variety of new stores and restaurants.
The Renaissance complex will spend $4 million this year on the refreshment of the Marina Hotel, renovations to the restaurant and fitness facilities on Renaissance Island, the addition of 82 state of the art slot machines in its casinos as well as the addition of a covered stage for daily outdoor entertainment at the Renaissance Marketplace.
The Marriott Hotel will spend $1.5 million in adding a new adult pool.
The Westin Resort & Casino recently completed a $1.5 million total renovation of its casino and will invest a further $2 million on improvements to the hotel.
The Bucuti/Tara Beach Hotel will spend $1 million on completely refreshing its 104 rooms and a further $1 million on remodeling and improving its main restaurant.
The Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa will complete a $2 million total renovation of all of its 71 rooms.
The 187 room Mill Resort and Suites will invest $1.5 million in the first phase of a complete renovation of its rooms and its lobby area.
The Brickell Bay Beach Club and Spa will invest a further $400,000 in its continuing improvement program.
And many other hotels have recently completed substantial improvements to their properties, hotels such as the Talk of the Town, the Ocean Club and the Marriott.
Hepple went on to tell delegates that they would see the enormous expansion of the Palm Beach shopping complexes as well as the recently renovated Renaissance Mall downtown, which now stays open until 8 in the evening, all designed to make Aruba that much more attractive to the dedicated shopper.
As well the Palm Beach area has seen the opening of many new restaurants and bars over the last 12 months making Aruba’s nightlife that much more exciting.
Hepple concluded his remarks by telling the delegates that Aruba’s ground tour operators and DMCs continued to invest in introducing new vehicles and upgrading the quality of their fleets with De Palm Tours for example investing $1 million this year in brand new Land Rover off road vehicles.
Finally he said that the Reina Beatrix airport will spend a further $20 million this year on an ongoing major upgrade to Aruba’s award winning international airport.