Strategic Communications Task Force; “the boycott will have negative consequences for our tourism and economy”



October 2, 2005; AHATA and ‘Task Force’ request an urgent meeting with Prime Minister, in regards to the Aruba boycott

This comes in to the category of so much for pro-active involvement in handling the very situation that this task force was set up to do. They are now meeting with a lawyer and making the following statement?

Recently, AHATA consulted with a lawyer’s office for advice and representation, in relation to the mother of the young American woman Natalee Holloway’s mother, Beth Twitty who has asked Americans to boycott Aruba.

According to AHATA, the negative American press attention becomes worse if Aruba doesn’t make a move.

For this reason, AHATA and the Task Force sent a letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, to get an urgent meeting to discuss this matter.

After all this time and threatened boycotts by some in the very beginning of this terrible ordeal in the search for Natalee Holloway, the Task Force makes the following comment.

After looking at this, the Strategic Communications Task Force of Aruba met, to look at what is going to happen, seeing that, after assessing the matter, the boycott will have negative consequences for our tourism and economy.

Is it any wonder that Jossy Mansur made the recent editorial entitled, “Where has Jorge Pesquera been“?

Hat Tip: Get A Grip for translation.

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  • Comments

    48 Responses to “Strategic Communications Task Force; “the boycott will have negative consequences for our tourism and economy””

    1. Mezcal on October 4th, 2005 10:50 am

      Reacting to this nonsense would be stupidest thing to do. The so called news channels are running out of footage, they are repeating themselves, and provoking them with new material would be very unwise.

    2. SB on October 4th, 2005 11:11 am

      I would like a bumper sticker to show my support to Mrs twitty that reads

    3. John Staton on October 4th, 2005 11:41 am

      Economics 101. The government of Aruba is running at a deficite. A small place like this cannot long continue doing this. In order to get out of this problem they are banking upon an increase in the tourist industry and of course this will all require foreign capital. If there is a modestly successful boycott, the difference between needed tourist and actual could easily be more than 25%. They compete with many other locations. They would need to reduce revenue in order to keep market share, making the gap larger, probably more than 30% Who is going to invest in this climate? A little late Aruba your image is becoming what you actually are and it is not good

    4. Linda - L.A. on October 4th, 2005 11:46 am


    5. Kelly Stoffa on October 4th, 2005 11:52 am

      I agree with SB. “Boycott Aruba” bumper stickers seem like a good, general way to show that Americans support Beth Twitty. Those people were taken advantage of!
      I may start working on some stickers.

    6. Kelly S. on October 4th, 2005 11:53 am

      I agree with SB. “Boycott Aruba” bumper stickers seem like a good, general way to show that Americans support Beth Twitty. Those people were taken advantage of!
      I may start working on some stickers.

    7. Laura on October 4th, 2005 11:54 am

      If they make that bumper sticker SB it will be on my car too!!!

    8. Kelly S. on October 4th, 2005 11:56 am

      I think “Boycott Aruba” bumper stickers may be a good, general way for Americans to show their support for Beth Twitty. I have been following this story since early June 2005 – what a joke! I think Joran will mess up some time soon. What comes around goes around.

    9. jor1 on October 4th, 2005 12:18 pm

      i would like a bumper sticker to say boycott the world till all the unsolved case are solved sounds so stupid im going to aruba in 1 hour but i still support beth finding natalee i may not like the way she does it

    10. Peapod on October 4th, 2005 12:20 pm

      SB thats a great ideal!! I would love a bumper sticker that said BOYCOTT ARUBA.

    11. Leo on October 4th, 2005 12:34 pm

      Haven’t they have been saying up to now they were seeing no dropoff in tourism? Something must have changed recently.

      Anyway, they can’t say they weren’t warned. You can’t treat people the way they’ve treated the Twittys and expect there won’t be repercussions. If they really couldn’t prosecute this crime they should have at least made the Van Der Sloots and Kalpoes disappear. Or, at least shut them up.

    12. AGOODMAN53 on October 4th, 2005 12:44 pm

      Well the Arubians should bring Joran back and lock him and the Kalpo bros be rearristed and lets get the truth of the matter these three boys (I refuse to callthem men because they arn’t real men ) for the parts they played in hurting Natalee Holiway .
      These three have brought all this wrath down upon your ”Happy Island” shouldnt you all thank them ?
      Even now Joran still cannot accept the blame for all this he outs it all on Natalee Please Aruba do not let these predators go free .

    13. Jim Hanson on October 4th, 2005 1:08 pm

      Bumper stickers reading “Boycott Aruba”? If your car wore one of these stickers, do you realize how many people behind you could very well be talking about you, things like “Oh look, more brainwashed people who’ve put the NH into their personal lives and are adverting the fact” … or “Why don’t these people mind their own business and get a life” ..

      Bumper stickers … jeez … just because a few of YOU here are obsessed with a boycott doesn’t mean everyone else is. And because some people occaisionally watch a tv tabloid and learn about this boycott doesn’t mean they think it’s ridiculous. No-one is going to convince even a small amount of Americans to agree with this boycott, for believe ot or not, the vast majority intelligent Americans think for themselves and don’t allow themselves to be brainwashed by a biased media, who by the way have loved this story from day 1 and will continue to love it as long as they can. I don’t respect the media much and millions of others don’t as well … they’re not always as accurate as they think they are, and in cases like this, they take a side in it which they think will suit them best. The Media is self serving. They’ll steer a story their way.

      So go ahead and make some bumper stickers, cruise around town, and show other drivers what a redneck you are ….

    14. Alan on October 4th, 2005 1:16 pm

      Aruba’s been Corrupt long enough, they tried to cover up the investigation by controlling it. I’m calling on a Boycott by all Americans, I’m requesting the Cruise Ship Companies to support a Boycott and will be asking the airlines, also.

    15. Stefani on October 4th, 2005 1:18 pm

      Sign me up also, I want a bumper sticker that says, “Boycott Aruba.” ALSO another that says, “Have u had your frosted flakes today, they ARE the breakfast of ARUBAN champs !”

    16. Linda T00! on October 4th, 2005 1:49 pm

      I need a “BOYCOTT ARUBA” bumper sticker too!

    17. Dave on October 4th, 2005 2:06 pm

      “BOYCOTT ARUBA” Bumpers stickers, what a fantastic idea! Lets get everyone in the US and other supporting countries to display a “BOYCOTT ARUBA” bumper sticker. I will donate money to a non profit organization willing to print these. Also I will give them away FREE to everyone willing to support this worthwhile cause. “BOYCOTT ARUBA” “BOYCOTT ARUBA” “BOYCOTT ARUBA”

    18. micah on October 4th, 2005 2:13 pm

      It’s not the Boycott of Aruba that will hurt tourism/economy! It is their corrupt government and creeps like KARIN JANSSEN who are harming their reputation!
      If the Aruban people would lean on their authorities to conduct an HONEST investigation– then there would be no reason to Boycott.! Where is this loyalty to the Van Der Sloots getting them? The Van Der Sloots have hooked ‘em to Holland and left the Arubans to clean up this mess!!

    19. wallace on October 4th, 2005 2:32 pm

      I need a “Boycott California” bumper sticker because I remember this one time mistakes were made in an investigation there and somebody who I thought was guilty went free.

    20. JB on October 4th, 2005 3:11 pm

      Negative consequences? You bet you will! I know many, many people from America that travel to Aruba who are no longer interested. If they (Aruban officials) can’t find justice for Natalee Holloway, what makes you think they will find justice for yourself or your child? Before the Natalee Holloway case, I thought Aruba was beautiful and wanted to go there one day. Boy was I wrong! They (people involved with the case) are nothing but a bunch of liars who are covering up for a stupid teenage boy. Well guys, I hope Joran not going to prison is worth losing all of your economic gains from other countries. Oh yes! Other countries…not just America.

      I am not placing blame on all Arubans, but this is ridiculous. The Aruban officials have a GREAT case against Joran, but for some reason they are scared to prosecute him. I hope Joran reads this, because HE is solely responsible for the downfall of Aruba and yes Aruba will fall. Americans take up for each other just as the Arubans have done for their citizens.

      My heart aches for the Hollway’s and the Twitty’s. Natalee is such a gorgeous, talented young lady and I don’t think for a moment that she should be blamed for her disappearance. Scared Monkeys have been so supportive throughout this difficult time. God bless you Scared Monkeys. I wish I could afford to quit work and go help search for Natalee or even help solve the case. Thank You Scared Monkeys!

      PS.. I’ll take 100 bumper stickers and give them out. I promise you have Florida’s support!

    21. Herb on October 4th, 2005 3:15 pm

      Count me in too. Bumper sticker.

    22. bizman12 on October 4th, 2005 3:19 pm

      A boycott will only keep those on the couch that were never going to go to Aruba in the first place.So get some extra stickers for your refrigerators,lunch boxes,etc….

      I will go back just as soon as I have a desire to go.And one can rest assured that I will not be getting into any of those taxis with 3 women that I just met.Bank on it common sense will prevail on that one.

    23. Brenda on October 4th, 2005 5:18 pm

      Too bad, so sad for Aruba. I would buy a bumper sticker also.

    24. Sanne on October 4th, 2005 5:21 pm

      I need a bumpersticker saying: “I do not stop for ignorant Americans”

    25. sunny71 on October 4th, 2005 5:25 pm

      In Aruba we know that Diario is about as believable as the National Enquirer. Jossy has an agenda and SM is taking the bait hook, line and sinker.

    26. kate on October 4th, 2005 9:15 pm

      Sunny…Jossy was just on Nancy Grace and he said that the Aruban authorities are diving and searching near the lighthouse. He says the investigation continues. Since the Diario is about as believable as the National Enquirer, then should we all assume that the search is not really continuiing?

      Order up the bumper stickers until SOMEONE in Aruba is held accountable for SOMETHING…anything.

    27. Paula J on October 4th, 2005 9:50 pm

      I could use three bumper stickers for the “BOYCOTT ARUBA” cause.

    28. NYSOM on October 4th, 2005 9:57 pm

      Josse has done more for the investigation than the police force or prosecuters office. Josse’s only agenda is to help out a mother searching for her daughter!

      Forming a task force to meet, brainstorm and come up with such an obvious and simple conclusion is another shining example of the incompetency Beth has had to deal with!

    29. scott on October 5th, 2005 12:06 am


    30. Pat on October 5th, 2005 8:25 am

      A formal boycott is not necessary, unless you can’t think for yourself. I bet a lot of people will be choosing to stay closer to home this year. The US has a wealth of natural wonders that would take a lifetime to see, unless you travel for a living.

    31. Rafael on October 5th, 2005 10:52 am

      What a great idea. Boycott Aruba bumper stickers. First one to print them is a millionaire.

    32. Dee on October 5th, 2005 1:09 pm

      Beth is right, they absolutly can make this happen. Looks like the only way out of this mess for Aruba would be to produce Natalie, then form an independent cousel to prosecute the ones responsible for her disappearence and cover up.

    33. USA on October 5th, 2005 1:53 pm

      Let’s not be naive! I have been around the block a few
      times, lived in the Bronx and in Beverly
      Hills! I believe that the Natalee Holloway
      investigation was a PLANNED COVER UP from day
      ONE!! – This is also the reason why Paulus’ house was
      very intentionally not searched for
      evidence right away, the cops wanted to give them time
      to do away with the evidence! The cops
      are not stupid there, they just played the “GAME!”
      Because they were ALL protecting Paulus, the
      arrests were only for show. This was proven when the
      judge, a friend of Paulus released Joran,
      then they both escaped thinking to be safe in Holland.
      There may be HUNDREDS of negative publicity web sites
      in several languages, geared against
      Aruba, they’ll be coming up like bee hives. It will
      destroy Aruba!!
      The ONLY thing Aruba can do, I think – is to STOP the
      the slime balls responsible for the crime they
      committed on Natalee Holloway, prosecute those
      who possess no mores and let the guys out of jail!

      Or, it won’t be funny for Aruba when no more Americans
      and Western Europeans come to the
      island and when NO more cruise ship stop in Aruba !!

      Should the citizens of Aruba suffer because the
      governments chooses to protect a few

      The people of Aruba need to put pressure on the police
      and prosecution, or it won’t be funny……

      The choice is with Aruba!

    34. truthbetoldguys on October 5th, 2005 2:06 pm

      Why is the Aruban government wrong, and we American right? Seriously. We don’t know the whole story. We only know what has been heard second hand. I can’t believe the whole cover-up story. We need to stop looking at this with blinders on and investigate. Before this girl went missing we, Aruba was known as probably the best place in the Atlantic. Here is the truth:
      1) This is an isolated incident. Not a pretty one, but was safe for 499,999 visitors last year. Can the same be said about any state in America? Or major city? I will take my chances walking down the streets in Aruba over New York anyday.
      2) Travel to Aruba is up. Thank Bill O’Reilly for suggesting a boycot. Whenever he calls for on, the opposite happens.
      3) Do you really believe that everyone in the Aruban government is corrupt? Do you think that all these individuals have no souls, and not one person would speak up?
      4) What if the three suspects had nothing to do with this? We should not burn at the stake before the truth is told.
      5) Without a conviction, these three kids do not belong in jail. It would not happen here. Could you imagine being a suspect, but having to sit in jail without being charged with a crime, to have your day in court. Joran lost three months of his life. Sure, many of you think he is guilty, but what if….
      6) There is no proof of a crime. There is no body. There has not been any hints even as to what has happened to this girl.
      Think about all these things before you want to go and boycott Aruba. It would not help your cause anyway.

    35. Prima on October 5th, 2005 3:00 pm

      Corruption and complicity is what is damaging the tourism in Aruba. Aruban judicial system and government has brought this on themselves. They have more than they can handle and never expected a mother to be so tenacious and relelentlessly pursue truth and justice for Natalee. Well Aruba, when your unemployment rate skyrockets, your hotels and casinos are empty, you can thank the Aruban government/judicial system and police. Aruba reelected the same party, same leader, so they share the consequences.

    36. NYSOM on October 5th, 2005 3:31 pm

      I agree with JB, I hope Joran is reading this too, maybe he’ll come to realize there are consequences for his actions! Daddy’s not always going to be there to bail him out, and his life of entittlement on Aruba is not going to carry over everywhere he goes.

      Joran if you are reading this, loved the interview on Current Affair, how stupid do you think the world is? Do you think we didn’t see right through it? My personal fav was when you tried to spin it and make it sound like you felt sorry for the people of Aruba because of how big bad Beth was treating them. Oh please! What an insult to the people of Aruba – too bad you didn’t have as much alleged concern when you were blatantly disobeying their laws and ruining their lives with the selfish choices you made!

    37. wallace on October 5th, 2005 5:02 pm

      “Looks like the only way out of this mess for Aruba would be to produce Natalie”

      Where do you think they have her stashed? In a closet somewhere? Even if you buy into these ridiculous conspiracy theories, do you really think they could just wheel the body out and “produce” her?

    38. Tommy on October 5th, 2005 8:58 pm

      Aruba has set up a boycott for themselves.There are just too many other places to go on vacation.Would it really make a difference if it was aruba or another island? Go to a place that treats its visitors as if they are welcome.I am from Birmingham and my wife and I had a great time in mexico this summer.

    39. commonsense on October 6th, 2005 10:00 am

      Yes. It would make a difference what island you go to. Mexico is not the Atlantic. Why go when you can’t drink the water without getting the runs? There is a big difference between the great beaches of Aruba and the spring breaks hell hole of Jamaica. All this crazy talk about boycotting Aruba. Funny how travel to the island is up since this missing persons case happened. A few talking heads on some cable news channels pushing this story every once and a while (now that it is not on every night, with the same nothingness happening) won’t hurt tourism. If you were to poll 1000 Americans, I bet that over half forgot about this story all ready, and three quarters of the rest could not care less. So that leaves part of 250 Americans left to boycott, and of those, how many would? Proably 10%. So of those 25 people out of 1000, how many were going to travel out of the states anyway?
      My point – the boycott won’t work. And as time goes by, less and less will remember this case anyway.

    40. Kelly S. on October 6th, 2005 10:11 am

      Yes, I agree with Tommy about Aruba kind of setting themselves up for this…not the people of Aruba ….but (sigh) whomever is in charge of not wanting to find

    41. Kelly S. on October 6th, 2005 10:20 am

      Yes, I agree with Tommy about Aruba kind of setting themselves up for this…not the people of Aruba ….but (sigh) whomever is in charge of not wanting to find Natalee & the obvious miscarriage of justice that has taken place there…Excuse me, but are the folks in charge there not able to reason that it might have just been easier to expend more energy solving this mystery rather than letting it drag on & on…….yes, they w/have pretty much sacrificed one well-connected man’s son there…but the entire island may not have suffered as much financial loss that’s obviously coming…..Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Keep the faith, Dave & Beth – God is listening….your friend in Pennsylvania.

    42. Rafael on October 6th, 2005 3:05 pm

      Hey Truthbetold,
      what you did have was a confession of rape. Depending on who’s story you listen to either one raped her or all three. Remember Joran said he had sex with her as she came in and out of conciousness. RAPE. People stop looking at this story and keeping score. There is only one victim here at the moment, it is a rape and murder victim and her poor family. Stop talking about an economy of ARUBA being affected. This is a botched murder investigation with three criminals on the loose. Period. Aruba we have the right to our feelings. Do something about it or we will take our business elsewhere. Aruba when our tourism dollars go away and unemployment rises so will your crime. As your crime rises, you will see how truly inept your police force is.

    43. MadMan on October 6th, 2005 6:06 pm

      People i respect what this blog is doing. My hat of to them. One coment i have is that i didn’t know people from the USA were so, as they present themselves on this blog. They do as if Aruba is the only place in the world that is corrupt. Like in the stat’s everything is cosher. If you should boycot every place or city that has corrupt official probably you should close down every city in the states. Don’t tell me there is no coruption or coverup’s in the state’s. Yes youre big and bad. The USA can impose it’s laws and way of thinking on the rest of the world because it’s the bigest and badedst kid on the block. So go ahead and boycot a tiny island like aruba. There is a saying; Take the log out out of your own eye before you try to take out the splinter out of your brothers eye

    44. Cynthia on October 8th, 2005 3:22 am

      Istill cannot believe that Joran Van der sloot and his two friends are walking free yet. They have admitted to two crimes, if not a third(murder of Natalee)and are walking free. There is a very corrupt government in Aruba, and I think that all people, no matter what country they live in, should boycott Aruba, until they make sure that Joran and the two Kalpoe brothers……and M

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    46. John on October 15th, 2005 7:16 am

      I am a father of a beautiful teenage girl. Being with her and talking with at her every day makes me understand the pure hell that the Holloways are going through. I couldn’ imagine my life without her. I would give my life for my daughter. I would also take a life for her also. Joran and the Kalpoe brothers should consider themselves lucky that the Holloway family have the patience that most do not have. I belive that the call for a Boycott is a great idea, but let me go one further. Foreign colonies are a thing of the past. Aruba needs to take control, and rid themselves of the Dutch influence on their country. You may call yourselves an indepandent country, but how can you be independent when you have a legal system of Dutch judges that rule in your country. Are you not capable of producing a legal system that is independent of Dutch authority? It is time for Aruba to do a gut check. It is time for Aruba to do the right thing. Clean up your corrupt police department. Aruba is not a continent. Natalie has to be somewhere. If you truly want to do the right thing, why won’t you provide all the necessary support needed in the search for Natalie? The search at the landfill is a prime example. The people of Aruba did not perpitrate this crime, three soulless individuals did. Why should your country sufffer for their actions?

    47. paul on October 21st, 2005 4:52 pm

      From last 30 ddays

      Accomodation Requests 38634
      Money Per Trip $2,000
      Income $77,268,000

      Not counting private travel agencis – 5 times that many reservations.

      Looks like boycott is working

    48. Elph on November 8th, 2005 11:17 pm

      Boycott Aruba! Go ahead. It serves as an impetus for the people to put pressure on the government.

      I also believe this is a cover up. The whole story was known by the official “idioterate” (sic) in Aruba from day one.

      I have watched the Aruban lawyers on TV and am not impressed. They all seem to be hiding something.

      Having worked with court adjudicated addicts for over 20 years and have at least a minimal awareness of when someone is telling the truth or blowing smoke up my arse. I believe the Aruban judicial system have honed the find art of smoke blowing.

      I have never felt anyone representing Aruba was ever telling the truth. They not only display a tremendous disrespect for the family, but for all Americans.

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