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    An interesting read.

    take a few moments to read this article

    https://pledgetimes.com/the-complete...the-caribbean/



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    Good morning,

    Thanks Andrea for posting this. It is a very interesting read.

    Some of us started going to Aruba at the tail-end of a period when the island's economy was a little more diversified (late 1970's to early 1980's) and have watched its rapid conversion to the 100% tourism-dependent economy it is today. Some of us may have wondered quietly, 'what would happen if the people stopped coming?' Now we know.

    There are so many questions and very few answers. This article should be read by everyone who cares about Aruba. I can see it being required reading in university-level courses on international businesses.

    This article is the tourism equivalent of any place dependent on a single source for its income.

    Thanks again Andrea,


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    take a few moments to read this article

    https://pledgetimes.com/the-complete...the-caribbean/
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    Interesting but not surprising. I think most of know that Aruba pretty much relies solely on tourism. Our first time there was 2007 and when the market crashed in 2008 it hurt the island-I don't even remember how many years the framing for the Ritz just stood there. I hope that life will return to normal and Aruba looks to the future to slow the tourism construction and work toward building something that could sustain them if the economy tanks or there is a global crisis of some type.

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    Just hope they find a way.... it's so sad.
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    I do not remember that the Ritz project stood idle.

    I am wondering now about the new resort overlooking Baby Beach.
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    Interesting but not surprising. I think most of know that Aruba pretty much relies solely on tourism. Our first time there was 2007 and when the market crashed in 2008 it hurt the island-I don't even remember how many years the framing for the Ritz just stood there. I hope that life will return to normal and Aruba looks to the future to slow the tourism construction and work toward building something that could sustain them if the economy tanks or there is a global crisis of some type.



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    I'm guessing any new projects, hotels, condo have been put on hold. I feel for them as well as everyone else around the world, our country etc. I saw on the news how Paris depends on American Tourism and since Europe closed its doors to us their rest, cafe empty. Croatia opened it's doors to the US so they are starting to see a boom in tourism. So some win during this pandemic but most lose.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I do not remember that the Ritz project stood idle.

    I am wondering now about the new resort overlooking Baby Beach.
    There were red girders about 2 or 3 stories high. It was not the whole building just a small section. Everyone said it was going to be the Ritz.

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    We have friends who just came back from a Karisma resort in Mexico. I thought they were crazy to go. One couple is our travel agent and the other couple has a pregnant daughter who lives a few minutes away.

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    Aruba has always been mostly dependent on a single industry. Before tourism it was the refinery. For a brief period we had both the refinery operating and a healthy amount of tourism. The oil stopped coming and tourism was the only thing left. Not because people weren't aware of the issues of only having 1 economic pillar(quite the contrary), but because that was the only viable option.

    Some people maybe do not realize, but Aruba is a desert island with no natural resources. The nice beaches and friendly people were/are Aruba's top commodity so that's what the island invested in. Unlike some other islands, we are also not a fiscal paradise for multinationals. Skip to the present day due to covid, the island is now trying to diversify given the introduction of new technologies that didn't exist previously. Things like digitization, which Aruba is investing heavily in(the covid app is a nice example) and also new tech in the agriculture sector now allows for plantations that require less water and that weren't possible before to the bad ground/dirt quality.

    I have total confidence that we will bounce back together just like when Lago closed in the 80's.
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    Thanks so much for posting this link Andrea. Wish I could say it was wrong. But I have faith in the people of Aruba to weather this storm, just as the rest of the world will. We may be down, but we're not out! Sudan's beaches will be full again and I'll be one of the taking up space!
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