Allegro Resorts distances itself from coverage of missing student

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Occidental Hotels, whose three brands include Allegro Resorts, issued a statement regarding its Aruba property, which has been mentioned frequently in the coverage of the Alabama student, Natalee Holloway, missing on the island since May 30.

The 417-room Allegro Aruba closed May 1 for a $22 million conversion into the Aruba Grand and will reopen in December.

The two men arrested June 5 were not employees of the hotel, according to an Occidental spokesman. It is possible that the two individuals in question worked for the security company hired by the construction firm to provide security for the site, he said.

Meanwhile, Aruba tourism officials confirmed that the Aruba Certified Experts (ACE) 2005 annual convention is taking place on the island as scheduled from June 9 to 13, hosted by the Aruba Tourism Authority and the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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