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The annual AME, Aruba Meets Europe 2018, is an event organized by the Aruba Tourism Authority in collaboration with AHATA.
It is a five-day interactive conference with tour operators, wholesalers, and airline partners, all dedicated to the promotion of the island as a vacation destination, from Europe.
On day five, the conference hosted a Tourism Marketplace at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino in the Grand Caribbean Ballroom. Conference delegates held their scheduled appointments at the marketplace, meeting local hospitality executives, and service providers, to conduct business and strengthen relationships. The Grand Caribbean Ballroom then hosted the delegates for a delectable buffet lunch, including Aruban style beef soup, with pica papaya, Martini chopped salad bar, fresh tropical fruit, assorted wraps, sandwiches and sliders, and refined petit fours for dessert.
According to the Minister of Tourism, a guest speaker at the conference, more tan 90.000 Europeans visited our shores in 2017, and while the Netherlands is the main hub for vacationers other countries have also come on board, such as Germany, Italy and England. The European market has been steadily supporting Aruba at about 8% of the island’s tourism, as the European guest stays an average of 11 days on the Island.
Pictured here Senior sales managers Margo Esposito, Lily Polsbroek and Diego Garcia, welcome 56 conference delegates to the the resort which has recently undergone extensive renovations that preserved the original character of its unique design, and totally update and upgrade the amenities for visitors with contemporary taste.