This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway


For an Island paradise that prides itself on sandy beaches and a constant trade wind, the last thing they would want is bad publicity of an unsafe island. However, An Alabama high school student, Natalee Holloway, disappeared during her graduation trip to Aruba.

Natalee Holloway, 18, was among 125 graduating seniors from Mountain Brook High School, near Birmingham, on a five-day trip to the Caribbean island.

She was last seen getting into a vehicle and leaving a nightclub in the capital, Oranjestad, before dawn on Monday, deputy police chief Gerold Dompig said. She did not show up for her group’s return flight later in the day.

“We went to check in for our airplane, and she wasn’t there, and she’s been missing since then,” classmate Jay Weinacker said.

Having lived and worked there, people really need to understand that island’s like Aruba have their fair share of crime as well. Once you are away from the hotels and in Oranjestad it is no different than any other city in the US. Sometimes even worse.

Aruba police said Wednesday that they had questioned and released three local men who said they dropped the teenager off at her hotel late Sunday night. Officials said the girl’s parents were unable to spot her on a hotel surveillance tape.

Posted June 2, 2005 by
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    52 Responses to “This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway”

    1. Jennifer on June 3rd, 2005 9:24 am

      I just wanted to send my deepest hope that she is safe. I am from montgomery alabama and too have traveled to many places. I will continue to pray for her safe return! Come Home Natalee!

    2. Scared Monkeys » Blog Archive » Teen Still Missing in Aruba, Part II on June 3rd, 2005 12:21 pm

      [...] e family promised to reward anyone who brings her safely to a police station or hospital. As posted yesterday crime does occur on these islands and in many cases they go unreported. The last thing t [...]

    3. Sarah on June 8th, 2005 3:02 pm

      I,too, have been praying for Natalee. I live in Montgomery, and being an Alabamian, it seems to hit home. One of us, missing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and I hope and pray that she returns home safely. May those who may be involved with her diappearance, if any, be punished to the fullest. Come home safely Natalee!!!

    4. Susan on June 25th, 2005 6:06 am

      Here it is, day 26, and no sign of Natalee :( I’m from Alabama also, and can’t understand why on earth Natalee’s disappeared without a trace. Aruba has a lot to lose, and hopefully will due to their mishandling of the tragic events. The world knows the Aruban and Dutch governments are covering up for the Van der Sloots!! Sad, sad, truly sad :(

    5. Tamika on July 20th, 2005 5:11 pm

      I have traveled to many islands. While on vacation although we should be cautious no one assumes that one event or act will result in dier consequences. I live in Maryland but I feel for her. Looking back at my vacation in the Bahamas, that could of been me. So I am miles away but it really hits home. In addition, I just want to spotlight the coverage in the US. This has nothing to do with Natalee but the US media is terrible. If this same incident would of occured to an African-American we would not see as much coverage. It hurts my hurt to see such a tragedy in Aruba and in the US.

    6. Scared Monkeys on October 3rd, 2006 10:02 am

      [...] We had warned from the outset when Natalee Holloway went missing that this would not be good for tourism. The manner in how Aruba conducted the investigation only added to their demise. The perception of safety and a tourist island doing the right thing is in the eye of the beholder, not a spin or marketing campaign.  As others in the Caribbean have seen increases, Aruba continues on the downward spiral. The 4th quarter of 2005 saw a 7.4% decrease in passengers to the Queen Beatrix Airport. The Central Bank of Aruba also reported a 14.7% decrease in airport passengers in the 1st quarter of 2006.   [...]

    7. Scared Monkeys on November 14th, 2006 6:31 pm

      [...] From the very beginning when Natalee Holloway went missing, Scared Monkeys made the following comment, This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway. From the very beginning we were very honest and up front as to what would occur if Aruban officials were not sincere in their investigation. We told the good people of Aruba what would occur if the made the investigation a farce and put tourism over an investigation. We even told Arubans and their voters that the most important issue during their elections was Natalee Holloway. Pridefully, they stated it was not. Instead, Aruba lived in a world of denial that this all would blow over. Americans would forget. They would come flocking back. Could Aruba have been any more wrong? Looking back in hindsight Aruba at your tourism and economy, do you think now that Natalee Holloway was not the most important issue? The downfall of your tourism and economy can be traced back to that one event. [...]

    8. Monkeys Media Reminder … Beth Holloway & Peter R. DeVries on Dana Pretzer Show on Scared Monkeys Radio | Scared Monkeys on February 12th, 2008 10:13 pm

      [...] in her fight for answer and Justice for Natalee. Beth has not only continued her fight for missing Natalee Holloway, but also has become the voice for other missing persons and has made an effort to make people [...]

    9. Monkeys Media Reminder … Beth Holloway & Peter R. DeVries on Dana Pretzer Show on Scared Monkeys Radio | Scared Monkeys Radio on February 13th, 2008 9:30 am

      [...] in her fight for answer and Justice for Natalee. Beth has not only continued her fight for missing Natalee Holloway, but also has become the voice for other missing persons and has made an effort to make people [...]

    10. In a Post Natalee Holloway Aruba … Tourism is Still Down and not Close to What it Once Was | Scared Monkeys on February 22nd, 2008 7:45 am

      [...] go back to the very first story that Scared Monkeys ever wrote regarding missing Natalee Holloway, “This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway”. For an Island paradise that prides itself on sandy beaches and a constant trade wind, the last [...]

    11. Scared Monkeys Protests Aruba at the St. Louis Travel Show in St. Charles, MO and a Show of Unity for Justice…for Natalee Holloway | Scared Monkeys on March 9th, 2008 8:51 pm

      [...] went on her Senior Class Trip to Aruba and never came home. Natalee could be YOU, your child, sister, niece, grandchild, cousin or best friend. Would you just [...]

    12. Beth Holloway Speaks out to Teens on Safety, Faith and Hope: “I want them to remember Natalee.” | Scared Monkeys on March 16th, 2008 11:33 am

      [...] along with the rest of the nation and the world, were riveted by the news of Natalee Holloway’s disappearance in Aruba on a spring break trip to the country in May 2005. Many could only guess at the grief of a mother losing her daughter so [...]

    13. Beth Holloway, International Safe Travels Foundation & Offer College & High School Students Spring Breakers Safe Options … BREAK SMART | Scared Monkeys on March 25th, 2008 10:13 am

      [...] child traveling abroad on vacation than does Beth Holloway. Her daughter, Natalee Holloway, went missing in Aruba in May 2005 and has never been seen or hear from since. Beth Holloway has made it her mission in life to never [...]

    14. The Legacy of Natalee Holloway … Safe Travels for Years to Come & Aruba has been Branded | Scared Monkeys on April 28th, 2008 5:46 am

      [...] a college students gain. The disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005 has not been forgotten. The memory and legacy of Natalee Holloway will be that future teens and [...]

    15. Three Year Anniversary of Disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba … Still Looking for Justice for Natalee | Scared Monkeys on June 1st, 2008 11:16 am

      [...] is hard to believe that it has been 3 years since the disappearance of Natalee Hollway in Aruba. Three years since the last night on Aruba of the Mountain Brook, AL high school [...]

    16. Aruba: Crime Increased 11.3% Last Year … Youth Crime a Major Concern | Scared Monkeys on June 13th, 2008 9:11 am

      [...] back to 2005 and the Natalee Holloway missing persons case when Aruba became a household name to many for all the wrong reasons, we see that three suspects [...]

    17. Aruba: Tourist Woman Reports Rape in Aruba on Eagle Beach | Scared Monkeys on June 14th, 2008 7:27 pm

      [...] It is being reported by that a tourist woman was raped in Aruba. The woman went to the hospital accompanied by police. Could this be more bad PR for Aruba? An island that has still yet to recover from the disappearance and the handing of the case of Natalee Holloway. If true, this will be another situation not good for tourism. [...]

    18. Dutch Producer Hans Pos: Movie on Disappearance & Possible Murder of Natalee Holloway in Aruba | Scared Monkeys on August 19th, 2008 5:39 am

      [...] A  Dutch producer, Hans Pos, of the Shooting Star Film Co. has announced plans for a movie and looks to capitalize and exploit the 2005 case of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Why do we say exploit? Pos has announced that the film will be “loosely based” on the events that took place in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. [...]

    19. Dutch Official Hero Brinkman Says Aruban Natalee Holloway Investigators ‘Corrupt as Hell’ | Scared Monkeys on December 9th, 2008 7:22 am

      [...] Natalee Holloway went missing in May 2005. The subsequent investigation or lack of any coherent and competent investigation within the first 10 days bordered on the absurd. The investigation and resulting behavior by the ALE only made individuals speculate that some thing was rotten in Denmark. In this case Aruba. There was no arrest of the last three known people to have ever been seen with Natalee Holloway leaving Carlos n’ Charlies. Instead two black security guards were arrested taken from the statements of the very people who were last seen with Natalee. Sound too incredible to be true? It certainly seemed to be at the time as well. [...]

    20. Tracy Pollan to Play Beth Holloway in Lifetime TV Movie, The Natalee Holloway Story … As Aruba Hides Head in the Sand of Covver Up | Scared Monkeys on December 20th, 2008 10:55 am

      [...] Tracy Pollan will play Beth Holloway, the mother of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway who went missing in Aruba in May 2005. The movie is based the book by Beth Holloway, “Loving Natalee: A Mother’s [...]

    21. Dave Holloway Sends Search Dog to Aruba to Search for Missing Natalee Holloway | Scared Monkeys on March 21st, 2009 11:45 am

      [...] Holloway. The search was supposed to be of a small reservoir in Northwestern Aruba. It has been nearly 4 years since then 18 year old Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba after leaving Carlos n’ Charlie’s [...]

    22. Lifetime Movie Network: Natalee Holloway story … Missing in Aruba Since May 2005 | Scared Monkeys on April 18th, 2009 9:34 pm

      [...] from the beginning. The very first post regarding the disappearance of Natalee was entitled, This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway. The reason for this title was because from the outset of this crime we knew that Aruba would do [...]

    23. May 31, 2005 Natalee Holloway is Missing in Aruba … 4 Years Later There is Still no Justice, Part I | Scared Monkeys on June 1st, 2009 10:30 am

      [...] Monkeys initial article that covered the disappearance of Natalee Holloway was entitled, “This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway.” From the outset of Natalee’s disappearance, having personal knowledge, of exactly how [...]

    24. It Appears that Aruba Reads Scared Monkeys for More than Just Information on Natalee Holloway … Rudy Croes as Well | Scared Monkeys on June 5th, 2009 7:09 am

      [...] Had Betico Croes not met an ill-timed accident in 1985 and subsequent death in Aruba in 1986, I can honestly say that the Natalee Holloway disappearance might be solved today instead of the obstruction of justice, corruption, nepotism and favoritism that occurred. There used to be some really great, strong and honorable men in Aruba. Men who were willing to make a stand and do what was right  for Aruba, not just individuals. In many respects Betico Croes gave his live for Aruban Independence … are there any honorable Arubans left that are willing to come forward to give of themselves for “Justice for Natalee”? So that your island can once again gain it’s honor back … as well as it’s tourism. [...]

    25. Westin Resort in Aruba offers $300 for Babymoons … $300 “conception credit” … What Would They Offer if You lost a Child Like Natalee Holloway While on Vacation | Scared Monkeys on August 30th, 2009 9:19 am

      [...] there a special “missing in paradise” hotel stay credit given for having a child disappear on Aruba and for having the prime [...]

    26. The Dana Pretzer Show On Scared Monkeys Radio – Saturday, February 20th, 2010 – Special Guests: Jossy Mansur, Tim Miller, Dr. Dale Archer, Blink from Blink on Crime and Robin Sax | Scared Monkeys on February 20th, 2010 6:07 pm

      [...] Holloway – the disappearance of 18 year old Alabama teen in 2005 in [...]

    27. The Dana Pretzer Show On Scared Monkeys Radio – Saturday, February 20th, 2010 – Special Guests: Jossy Mansur, Tim Miller, Dr. Dale Archer, Blink from Blink on Crime and Robin Sax | Scared Monkeys Radio on February 20th, 2010 8:32 pm

      [...] Holloway – the disappearance of 18 year old Alabama teen in 2005 in [...]

    28. Joran Van Der Sloot Confesses Again in the Death of Natalee Holloway in Aruba? | Scared Monkeys on February 23rd, 2010 8:41 am

      [...] Van der Sloot was the last reported individual to have been with Natalee Holloway prior to her disappearance in Aruba in May 30, 2005. Joran Van der sloot  in his new confession claims to have left Natalee Holloway’s body in a [...]

    29. Natalee Holloway, Missing in Aruba 5 Years Later … Beth Holloway Fights on for Missing Persons | Scared Monkeys on May 31st, 2010 11:55 am

      [...] disappearance of the Mountain Brook, Alabama high school graduate Natalee Holloway was entitled, “This Can’t be Good for Tourism, Where is Natalee Holloway?”   No truer words were ever spoken and the affects of a crime like the disappearance of Natalee [...]

    30. Aruba Lied and another Girl Died … Joran Van der Sloot Suspect in the Murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez in Peru … Joran on the Run | Scared Monkeys on June 2nd, 2010 7:54 pm

      [...] and man hunt in South America for Joran Van der Sloot comes nearly five years to the date of the disappearance and death of Natalee Holloway. Over the weekend Beth Holloway, Natalee’s mom, discussed her daughter’s death and [...]

    31. Beth Holloway Speaks to Students in Alabama … Teens Please Be Cautious, Be Aware … The Legacy of Natalee Holloway | Scared Monkeys on June 13th, 2010 2:48 pm

      [...] your parents could be me.” Natalee, a graduate from Mountain Brook High School near Birmingham, disappeared on May 30, 2005, on the last day of her high school graduation trip to [...]

    32. Joran Van der Sloot, In the End Justice Will be Served for Natalee Holloway & Stephany Flores, Does it Matter How Long? | Scared Monkeys on July 5th, 2010 1:40 pm

      [...] since she first went missing. As Scared Monkeys initially wrote when the Alabama teen went missing, “This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway.” When a Caribbean island is so dependent upon tourism, it was obvious from the start that they would [...]

    33. Beth Holloway on Natalee Holloway Missing in Aruba: “There is no good answer, whether it is Natalee or whether it isn’t. But no answer at all is the most unbearable” | Scared Monkeys on November 21st, 2010 12:45 pm

      [...] been waiting for answers as to the disappearance of her daughter Natalee Holloway since she went missing in Aruba in 2005. No one has been more persistent, more engaged, more undaunted and more eager to hold Aruba, [...]

    34. Natalee Holloway: Aruba Authorities Plan to make Announcement Tuesday Afternoon Regarding DNA Tests Performed on the Jaw Bone Found on Aruba | Scared Monkeys on November 22nd, 2010 9:45 pm

      [...] Holloway has been missing since 2005 when she went missing on the last night of her vacation in Aruba. Natalee was last seen leaving the [...]

    35. Lifetime Network to do Natalee Holloway Sequel, “Justice for Natalee Holloway” … Focus on Beth Holloway’s Efforts to Info from Joran van der Sloot & 10 Part Crime/Missing Persons Reality Show | Scared Monkeys on March 5th, 2011 8:52 pm

      [...] Holloway went missing in Aruba in 2005 while on a graduation trip with classmates from Mountain Brook, AL. She was last seen leaving an [...]

    36. Joran Van der Sloot To Plead Guilty in Death of of Stephany Flores in Peru | Scared Monkeys on March 7th, 2011 5:49 pm

      [...] time in the case of the death of Stephany Flores. Van der Sloot was the number one suspect in the disappearnce of Natlalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005. He was never prosecuted in Aruba. Share [...]

    37. Natalee Holloway Missing in Aruba … 6 Years Later and Joran Van der Sloot has Murdered Again, Stephany Flores | Scared Monkeys on May 30th, 2011 9:11 pm

      [...] It was May 30, 2005 when Natalee Holloway went missing during a graduation trip to Aruba. She was last seen leaving Carlos N’ Charlie’s with three boys, Joran Van der Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe, in a car and would never be seen nor heard from again. As Scared Monkeys wrote back in 2005 knowing that Aruba would never let such an incident hurt their precious tourism …  This Can’t Be Good For Tourism, Where’s Natalee Holloway. [...]

    38. A Tale of Two Murders: Joran Van der Sloot Charged with Murder of Stephany Flores … Beth Holloway Says, “God bless the Peru authorities for handling this thoroughly and professionally” | Scared Monkeys on September 4th, 2011 9:03 am

      [...] was the best of times (Peru), it was the worst of times (Aruba), it was the age of wisdom (Peru), it was the age of foolishness (Aruba), it was the epoch of belief [...]

    39. Dave Holloway Asks Courts to Declare his Daughter Natalee Holloway Deceased | Scared Monkeys on September 15th, 2011 5:17 am

      [...] has been more than six years since Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba on a class trip in May of 2005. Dave Holloway is asking the probate court to declare her dead. Natalee Holloway has not been seen [...]

    40. Augusta Prep Day School … “Running for Justice” for Natalee Holloway, 5K Run/Walk for the NHRC … Beth Holloway Will be There | Scared Monkeys on February 24th, 2012 9:03 am

      [...] Holloway went missing in Aruba in May 2005 while on a high school trip. To date, the three primary suspects, Joran Van der Sloot, Deepak [...]

    41. Beth Holloway Sues National Enquirer (American Media Inc) Over Publishing Untrue Stories to Profit from Natalee Holloway’s 2005 Disappearance in Aruba | Scared Monkeys on June 21st, 2012 7:46 am

      [...] The mother of Natalee Holloway is suing The National Enquirer, saying the tabloid published untrue stories to profit from her daughter’s 2005 disappearance in Aruba. [...]

    42. Joran Van der Sloot Asks for Forgiveness in Death of Stephany Flores Ahead of Next Months Murder Appeal … But Still No Apology to the family of Natalee Holloway | Scared Monkeys on July 4th, 2012 11:46 am

      [...] the way, where is the apology for the death of Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005? Joran Van der Sloot is a calculating predator to the end. Anything he does has a direct [...]

    43. GOOD GRIEF … Wedding Bells for Joran Van der Sloot, To Be Married in Two Weeks While Serving for Murder of Stephany Flores at Piedras Gordas Prison (Still Waiting Extortion Charges in US in Connection with Death of Natalee Holloway) … Unlucky on May 31st, 2013 7:01 pm

      [...] Of course the timing of this has nothing to do with the fact that Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teen from Mountainbrook, went missing in Aruba on May 30, 2005. [...]

    44. Two Suspects (Pemba Lama and Jagat Tamang) Arrested in Nepal in Disappearance & Murder of 23 Year Old Aubrey Sacco of Greeley, CO Who Went Missing in Nepal in April 2010 While Hiking … What Say You Aruba? | Scared Monkeys on August 2nd, 2013 9:55 am

      [...] Hmm, Nepal kept up the search for justice and did the right thing. What say you Aruba? How come you can’t say the same for Natalee Holloway? [...]

    45. USA Becomes Aruba Under Barack Obama … White House Press Secretary Had No Idea About the Chris Lane “Thrill Kill” Murder at Hands of Three Teen Thugs … “Wouldn’t Want to Get Ahead of the Legal Process Here” | Scared Monkeys on August 22nd, 2013 8:38 am

      [...] is not politically convenient for Obama to discuss, just as it was not economically convenient for Aruba tourism in 2005, mum is the word for Barack Obama. [...]

    46. Don’t Miss Natalee Holloway’s Mom … October 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM at East Bayou in Lafayette, Louisiana for ‘An Evening with Beth Holloway’ | Scared Monkeys on October 16th, 2013 12:00 pm

      [...] life changed quite dramatically in the summer of 2005 when her daughter Natalee disappeared on the last night of her senior high graduation trip to Aruba. This tragic story became the leading [...]

    47. Imprisoned Murderer Joran van der Sloot to Marry 23 Year Old Leydi Carol Figueroa Uceda, Pregnant With His Child … Something Natalee Holloway & Stephany Flores Will Never Experience | Scared Monkeys on May 15th, 2014 5:17 am

      [...] 2005 Natalee Holloway goes missing in Aruba while on vacation with other teens from Mountainbrook, Alabama and Joran van der Sloot was and still [...]

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      [...] In just another example of the world has gone mad, convicted killer Joran Van der Sloot was married his Peruvian girlfriend conjugal squeeze Leidy Figueroa on Friday morning at the Peruvian prison that the “Little Sporter” is being held for murder. John Barrera, Mayor of Ancón District, presided over the ceremony. How special, maybe his mom Anita could have a first dance to “Psycho Killer”.  It gets even worse, Figueroa is pregnant with this dirt-bags child.  Van der Sloot is currently serving a 28 year prison sentence for the murder of Stephanie Flores and is the prime suspect for all common sense thinking people in the disappearance and death of Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway who went missing in 2005 on Aruba. [...]

    49. 38 Year Old John Grady Missing Since 4/3/15 in Aruba | Scared Monkeys on April 4th, 2015 5:05 pm

      [...] wonder they could never find Natalee Holloway. Maybe they better check if there are any more missing crab [...]

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