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    I wonder

    I wonder what Aruba will be like in 10-15 or 20 years. Will it become lke a Miami or keep some island charm. What do you all think? I have seen many changes over 15 years. Is the island getting better or worse? Whats your opinion?
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    ....too much growth. Hopefully they can curb some of the development. And so many of us keep encouraging new folks to visit 'cuz it's so wonderful.....no wonder the visitor count keeps going up and the demand for more lodging continues..... dunno where it will end.
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    I love Aruba more now than ever before. The reasons I enjoy it more now is because of all the close friendships we have made. Aruba will always be "home" to me and no amount of building will deter us from going/seeing our friends.

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    I love Aruba but I can see it in the rear view mirror some day.

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    For Arubans, the growth has been more than enough for a long while now. There are a few hotel projects left to be completed, especially the one a few hundred meters away from baby beach on top of the plateau. Many people are upset over that one. However, it could potentially be very beneficial for the people of San Nicolas and create an economic spin off. Going forward, there will be a moratorium on larger hotels and a strategy of smaller, boutique hotels (<25 rooms).

    Personally I think the hotels will stop, because the people already have had enough and politicians want to get re-elected. However, you will start seeing a few more European style "high rise" apartments going up as there simply is not enough space for the demand anymore.
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    I think the growth is being encouraged by the government and will continue. With the expansion of the airport over the next 3-4 years, why else would they be investing that kind of money in Aruba's infra-structure (not the mention all of the road projects)?

    I'm sure that we will review our options for our vacations spent in Aruba over the next few years as things get more crowded and booking preferred accommodations and flights gets more difficult.
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    I tend to agree with you, Brian. And if that does happen, I could see it becoming an economic disaster for them if they spend millions and millions of dollars on improvements to the infrastructure and airport, and continue to build hotels and resorts, and then people start going elsewhere because it's become too crowded and busy. I would really hate for that to happen to our special island and her wonderful people.


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    Tom’s first trip to Aruba was in 1973. There were just 2 hotels on the island. When he returned with me, years later, in 2009 he was astounded by the amount of change and growth. I was surprised at the number of American chains. We have been vacationing in Aruba ever since, once or twice a year. The people are so welcoming, the beaches are gorgeous but I do fear that this will change with all the construction going on. I wonder if years from now the Aruban people will be as welcoming or will they come to resent the continuous influx of tourists.

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    Tourism is Aruba's #1 industry.
    What I see are 3 potential issues:
    1. Over saturating the island with hotels.
    2. Lack of "Aruba Youth" choosing any part of the tourism industry as a career choice.
    3. The destruction of "natural resources and nature areas such as estuaries, mangroves, wetlands etc"

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    I blame it ALL on the Beach Boys!


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