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Aerial shot of Aruba's lodging strip.

Jan 12, 2021

AHATA Excellence in 2020 Awards; recognizing extraordinary efforts

Annually the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association organizes the AHATA Excellence Awards and dinner to honor exceptional employees in the tourism industry

With 2020 being a year that devastated the tourism industry, a renewed commitment from one and all was needed to rebuild. It became even more important to recognize the individuals that contributed extraordinarily during the crisis. Many dedicated employees of Aruba's tourism industry have continuously shown resilience, motivation, and productivity during the 2020 crisis, making it even more important to recognize these excellent individuals who contributed significantly to Aruba's tourism and economic recovery.

This year, AHATA honored these exemplary pillars of hospitality with the "AHATA Excellence in 2020 Awards". AHATA member companies had the opportunity to select one employee that stood out most during the crisis for their motivation, dedication, and productivity in the battle to overcome our economic crisis and lift the tourism industry back on its feet. 

29 honorees were recognized and thanked individually between November 23 and December 17, 2020, by AHATA's President and CEO, Tisa LaSorte. Thanks to the sponsorship of CMB Caribbean Mercantile Bank, each honoree received a reward with the purpose to incentivize savings and help build financial reserves for a more secure future.


Adele John - Health Protocol Manager - Brickell bay Beach Club

Alexander de los Santos - Engineer II - Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club

Aldrick Pontilius - Senior Bartender - Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Amaris Werleman - Internal Auditor - La Cabana Beach Resort

Ana Carina Matos - Vacation Rental Property Manager - Turibana Plaza / Vacation Aruba

Anoushka de Cuba - Director of Human Resources - Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino

Audey Bronstein - Director of Security - Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort

Bibiana Cano - Restaurant Supervisor - Po-ke Ono Restaurant

Earlyson Hooi - Bus Driver / Tour Guide -  EL Tours & Transfers

Edy Paidin - Mechanic & Road Service Technician - Hertz Aruba

Ereline Presentacion - Bus Driver / Tour Guide - De Palm Tours

Eriberto Holsman - Technician - Professional Pest Control

Esmeralda Schotman - Cruise, Risk and Quality Management - Fofoti Tours & Transfers

Haydy Obispo - Director of Engineering - The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Jenny Erazo - Director of Retail - Aruba Marriott Resort

Luis Araque - Security Manager - Wind Creek Casino

Maria Wever - Customer Service /  Beauty Advisor - Maggy's

Marie-Elise Tromp - Reservation Agent - Blue and Azure Residences

Jose Alcocer - Pool & Beach Attendant - Courtyard by Marriott Resort

Rafael Gallardo - Purchasing Manager - Divi All-Inclusive

Rubert Emerenciana - Lead Engineer - Divi Village

Ryan Bareño - Director of Engineering - Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

Shakell Bird - Front Office Agent - Divi Aruba Phoenix Aruba Resort

Sue Ann Lin - Director of Loss Prevention - Holiday Inn Resort Aruba

Vashni Wix-Chirino - Sales Associate - Eco DMS

Veronica Castañeda Espinoza - Housekeeping Assistant Supervisor - Boardwalk Boutique Hotel

Victor Macdonal Maria - Room Care / Maintenance Department - Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

William Bautista - Pool, Beach & Garden Supervisor - Manchebo Beach Resort

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