During the entertainment portion of the Caribbean Tourism
Conference at the Aruba Americana Beach Resort, the stage curtain
swept open to depict a group of Dutch-style buildings as the
backdrop for the flag ceremony and a performance by a children's
dance troupe. Insider's gaze, however, was riveted on the face of a
large clock that dominated the facade of the tallest "building."
The hands of the clock were set at 6:57. What was the significance
of that particular time? Did it represent an important moment in
the history of the Dutch island? Research over the next two days
got Insider no closer to an answer. Finally, an official with the
Aruba Tourism Authority stated unequivocally that the time was of
no significance. "The clock's hands had to be set at some hour, so
it was just a random choice," he said. Tick-tock, Caribbean time.