Aruba's tourism numbers through July grew
4.17% from the U.S. market over the same period last year,
according to figures released by the Aruba Tourism Authority. The
increase translated to 12,497 additional U.S. stayover travelers;
worldwide numbers jumped 6.88% through July over last year.
"The year 2007 has
been a resoundingly successful year for Aruba's tourism industry,"
said Myrna Jansen, ATA's managing director. "The statistics have
continued to significantly climb over last year, proving that the
island's consistent product improvements and upgrades result in
high arrival numbers and happy vacationers."
developments on Aruba include:
Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino began a $40 million
enhancement project in July, which will be completed by summer 2008
and will include all 413 guest rooms.
The Westin Aruba
Resort entered the second phase of a $16 million renovation of
rooms and suites and the lobby and public areas, which will be
finished by the end of the year.
The Holiday Inn
SunSpree Resort Aruba has nearly completed its three-year, $15
million makeover program, featuring a new marine theme in its
updated guest rooms, restaurants and meetings spaces.
The Casa del Mar
Beach Resort converted its guest rooms, gym and lounge into a "Pure
Allergy Friendly Resort" in April.
The 450-room Riu
Palace Aruba opened in July as a luxury, all-inclusive resort with
an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts, a casino, an on-site PADI dive
and watersports center and several restaurants.
The Hyatt Regency
Aruba Resort & Casino has completed a $20 million renovation of
its guest rooms and suites, the Palms Restaurant and Bar and the
open-air lobby Alfresco Bar. A soft opening took place in October;
the new look will officially debut in early 2008.
Manor Beach Resort Aruba has nearly finished a $3.5 million
renovation of guest rooms and public areas.
The airlift issue
its first Saturday service from Boston on June 30, and added three
more weekly flights Nov. 1 on Mondays, Wednesdays and
reinstated five weekly nonstops from Boston in October. The flights
operate daily except Mondays and Wednesdays.
nonstop Saturday service from Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 10, and
United will increase service from Dulles International Airport in
Washington to six times a week, starting Dec. 15.
On the culinary
scene, Windows on Aruba opened last spring at The Links at Divi
Aruba. The restaurant offers views of the ocean and golf course
from its glass-wrapped circular dining room.
The Cinemas at
Paseo Herencia opened in June with six new theaters accommodating
860 moviegoers. The facility also offers bi-monthly cultural
events; the Aruba Hall of Fame, which highlights pioneers of Aruba;
an open-air amphitheater, and a fountain water show.
Aruba Mall & Marketplace and Paseo Herencia welcomed brand name
stores this year, including Louis Vuitton, Feragamo, Lacoste and
information, visit www.aruba.com.
contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].