Continued Aruban Concern Over Potential Boycott


Arubans continue to have concern over the words they hear from the American media over the use of the term boycott with regards to the Natalee Holloway investigation. This time it is The Committee Concerned Citizens of Aruba requesting help against the negative publicity from the American media. Their request it to the Minister of Governmental Renewal and Kingdom Relations, Alexander Pechtold.

The committee Concerned Citizens of Aruba has called in the minister of Governmental Renewal and Kingdom Relations, Alexander Pechtold. The group would like the minister to do something with the negative publicity on the American TV, resulting from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

The group is very concerned about the constant stream of negative news of the American media. “Every day, the American media is shamelessly questioning our Dutch judicial system, while they do not have relevant information on this.” Especially with the call for boycotting Aruba as vacation destination by Dr. Phil and the Twitty family, they are trying to influence our court procedure.

(Full Amigoe article)

However, with regards to the same topic and how any form of bad publicity may have affected Aruba or tourism comes this article from Diario, relaciona cu caso Natalee Holloway, TURISMO PRACTICAMENTE NO A CAY, SINEMBARGO, HENDENAN NA MERCA KIER INFORMACION RIBA E CASO HOLLOWAY, esaki ora cu nan topa un persona di Aruba eynan.

Related to the Natalee Holloway case
Tourism has practically not declined
however, Americans want information on the Holloway case, when coming across

ORANJESTAD (AAN): During the AHATA press conference, DIARIO asked about the latest developments in regards to the issue of the Aruba boycott Beth Twitty asked for.

According to the AHATA CEO, who also forms part of the Strategic Communications Task Force, there are rumors circulating that Beth Twitty will soon come back to Aruba, however it is his understanding that for the time being, she is not coming back.

According to Pesquera, the media attention is now sporadic. DIARIO asked Pesquera what are his thoughts about the possibility that she will come back to Aruba soon.

According to AHATA’s CEO, it will be good for the people of Aruba to do what they have always done, which is to treat all people with respect and remain a people of warmth, which we are known to be.

DIARIO asked Jeff Lesker how he feels with the effects until now, in regards to American tourists, especially those who have never come to Aruba.

According to Lesker, we cannot forget that the mother is still suffering due to her daughter being still missing.

He continued to say that although he respects Beth Twitty’s opinion, that is perhaps not correct, but has to be above all be respected. However, Lesker showed that when speaking of a boycott, when this normally takes place, is when a country for example produces nuclear arms or something along these lines.

According to Lester, it is important for the correct information about the aspects of the case to reach the mother, so that she doesn’t use incorrect information in the future, and in so doing shine a negative light on Aruba.

Lesker continues to say that either Beth Twitty likes to use incorrect information (which according to Lesker he doesn’t believe to be the case), or the mother has much incorrect information that she has found.

With regards to the opinion of potential tourists, Lesker says that now that they are promoting Aruba out of the country, the first thing that Americans are asking if they know you are from Aruba, is for information about the case, to get a more clear perspective of what has happened and not happened.

(Full translation of Diaro article)
Hat Tip: Get A Grip

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  • Comments

    26 Responses to “Continued Aruban Concern Over Potential Boycott”

    1. John Staton on October 20th, 2005 1:08 pm

      As time has progressed a growing number of North Americans have learned the true nature of Aruba. Drug transport, Money Laundering and a judicial/police system set up to support the above. We have further learned that the non investigation of rape is the common practice in Aruba especially when protected individuals are involved and to question the intent and practice of the Dutch judicial system. The natural customer base of Aruba is the professional class which are families of the educated, most of whom have morals and do not approve of a place which openly advertises itself as anti moral to the max. In order to suppress the growing decisions of individuals to boycott Aruba, Aruba will need to shut down the internet

    2. Joe Burch on October 20th, 2005 1:57 pm

      I’m glad that the Aruban Government is concerned about the possibility of a boycott. The only way to help mitigate the effects of a boycott is to solve the Holloway case and punish the ‘perps’, rather than protect them.

      If justice is not forthcoming swiftly, then I hope that Aruban tourism atrophies to a trickle……….we Americans will not forget Natalee (and possibly others)…….Get the message, Aruba??

    3. Kelly on October 20th, 2005 2:28 pm

      Good post by John Staton.

    4. Herb on October 20th, 2005 2:43 pm

      Well said John. Just maybe if there is a boycot things could change. Otherwise, they will just play out what to them is a game and hope for a slow decay of attention. Keep up the pressure!

    5. Susan on October 20th, 2005 3:33 pm

      John, you stated perfectly how this whole ordealed has played out with Americans. The true nature of Aruba has shown through. Thank you for speaking for so many of us.

    6. loneranger on October 20th, 2005 3:36 pm

      Anyone else see Donnie Deutsch’s promo on CNBC today. Asked the
      viewing audience to cancel their holiday travel to Aruba – surgical
      strike directed at Aruba’s high demographic target market.
      Absolutely awesome.

    7. sandy on October 20th, 2005 5:06 pm

      what a joke when you claim that BT uses incorrect information that negativly impacts on Aruba. Put the blame where it belongs, it belong with all the corrupt judicials and member in the aruba forces that continue to coverup a rape and dissapearance of an American tourist from your island. BT is not giving your island a bad name your callus disregard for her daughter did, your lack of proper investigation did that. Your threats to ban BT from Aruba did that. Your release of the suspects in this case did that. Your continued way of thinking that this will go away once the media dies down, will make arubas image appear better- is highly flawed. So do not think that American are going to fall for this nonsense. The negativity was brought upon your island by your own corruptedness……………..Only the truth shall set you free and the return of BT daughter will stop the truth from coming to the surface.

    8. sunny71 on October 20th, 2005 5:18 pm

      I wonder where John Staton gets his info. I have not seen or read or heard any evidence of a “common practice” of ALE or judiciary to support, protect and not investigate crimes and criminals.
      Please enlighten us, John.

    9. Scared Monkeys » Blog Archive » One Woman’s Protest in Aruba; “Give Natalee Justice” on October 20th, 2005 7:38 pm

      [...] ce” and “No Body does not equal No Crime”. She certainly made her point. This is the fear of many in Aruba and within the tourism industry. Any action like a protest or boycott [...]

    10. Scared Monkeys » Blog Archive » One Woman’s Protest in Aruba; “Give Natalee Justice” on October 20th, 2005 7:38 pm

      [...] ce” and “No Body does not equal No Crime”. She certainly made her point. This is the fear of many in Aruba and within the tourism industry. Any action like a protest or boycott [...]

    11. Peapod on October 20th, 2005 10:17 pm

      No prison for Joran and kalpoes no tourism for Aruba. The balls in your court. The world is waiting.

    12. san on October 20th, 2005 10:52 pm

      Beth has a right to be in Aruba.her daugther hasn;t ben found.Find her and it will be over .If you don;t find the body a boycott.But get the judical system to work and find what happed to Natalee.And Rearrest the guys that rape her surely theres a law angainst Rape if not no one need to come to Aruba antway because it not safe for tourist if there’ no law for murderor rape on you’re happy island.The Dad is also involled knee deep and so is the cros guy.And who was the guy he was carrying to airport when Greta try to interview him,Where was this guy going maybe he was happing with the body or with carring natalee some where off the big happy Island.Find what happend to Natalee and find her and arr all the parties involed and alson for the rape they addmitted to.If you have a law and keep the touriest safe and show everyone your trying to find her instead of hidding evidence and lose inpotant edvidence.This is my story and i’m sticking with it.

    13. Katsuey on October 20th, 2005 11:01 pm

      Isn’t it interesting that the AHATA keeps expressing its interest that there not be a boycott of Aruba. Where is there concern that the body of a teenager visiting their country be returned to her poor parents?

      Why doesn’t the AHATA spend a few of its resources on finding Natalee’s body and punishing the guilty?

    14. Betty on October 20th, 2005 11:44 pm

      I still feel that is Aruba officials and Twitty would have put searchers on other islands..Natalie would have been found by now and so much time would not have been wasted looking for her in Aruba. I would not hesitate to go back to Aruba..I would go there is a is a wonderful friendly place..have been there twice and going again next year also..

    15. julie on October 21st, 2005 1:07 am

      it is a shame that wealthy criminals can break the law and get by with it,for example oj simpson,michael jackson,joran van der sloot. money really talks.if an average income or poor guy would have done this they would be under the jail house so fast would have made your head spin. this kind of sh– happens in every country.the common person has to pay for thier sins and wrong doing,but someone that has pull with the law enforcement, courts,prosecutors,etc. or if they have money they can do whatever ,and its ok. this really makes me sick i hate injustice.why do some get by with injustice and some dont its simply not right. i hate to be so bitter,but even in this country the end of the pledge of allegance says liberty and justice for all. i love my country,but what a crock of sh–.liberty maybe,but justice ,ha ha.some can get by with wrong doing and some cant period.i hate that about this life,that some people get treated better than others. you do the crime you do the time theres another ha ha.good night to all

    16. John Staton on October 21st, 2005 8:01 am

      Information on conduct of Aruban authorities toward Rape is from retired FBI agent, will not identify. Well known within FBI.

    17. Swamper on October 21st, 2005 8:26 am

      John Staton is entirely correct. Aruba has very little industry aside from tourism – on the surface; it’s powered from underneath by the drug trade. The ultra-permissive Dutch society makes it easier. There has always been a dual nature to the Netherlands – the land of tulips, wooden shoes, and the world’s hardest core porn. This may explain Joran, the little Dutch schoolboy who also has a running tab at the Aruban Casinos.

      I don’t think the Arubans cared if Beth found Natalie’s body; I think what’s got their hair on fire is what might be found during the search. One dead tourist is no big deal to them, but as Beth (and you tell me there are no real Steel Magnolias) continues to fight, more and more of that happy-island facade gets pulled back to reveal the corruption underneath.

      The protester has good intentions; but she still fed the monster. They don’t care what we THINK – it’s the color of our money that turns them on. We just can’t say enough bad things about them – we need to make this American girl the festering thorn in their sides. Don’t feel sorry for the Aruban people – they know what kind of tracks their gravy train runs on. Boycott? Hell, we need to blockade them!

    18. dennisintn on October 21st, 2005 8:56 am

      the man was right about one thing for sure. we are shameless in our pursuit of justice for natalee and for her return to alabama. and damned proud of it too.

      every time some arubans open their mouths, they show their total disregard for natalee’s disappearance, and their total disdain towards beth and family for wanting natalee’s return and the prosecution of those who killed her. if they simply put the same amount of effort into protesting against the people protecting jvds and pvds that they put into lying about natalee, and bashing beth and family for searching for her, the situation could be resolved in short order. then we would feel a whole lot better about our chances of surviving on the happy island and receiving justice for future incidents like this one.

      this is not going away, ever. they are only increasing the chasm between our peoples by showing their disregard for our feelings toward natalee and family.

    19. commonsense on October 21st, 2005 10:04 am

      Your question will not be answered. When it comes to hard questions, that don’t back up their side, you will be ignored, or put down with some lame insult. The truth of the matter is there is no proof that these 3 had anything to do with the disappearance of the girl. But because the cable news opinion shows like Nancy Grace and Political Joe on MSNBC don’t question obvious discrepancies with the families “theories”, then they go blindly and agree with everything sympathetic they hear, to support the family.
      My guess – either the posters information was made up by himself, or maybe that crackpot tabloid journalist Jossy. Speaking of Jossy – lets count how many of his stories have amounted to fact. I bet you can use one hand for that.

    20. Jim Hanson on October 22nd, 2005 2:57 am

      Alot of you are saying here “the whole world is watching” … do you really think everyone on this planet is totally absorbed by this missing persons case because you are? What a silly statement. Absurd is a better word. There is so much more important news every day on this planet besides the thousands of missing person cases, some of which are decades old.

      I think Greta and Nancy Grace should be boycotted. Email their sponsors and tell them you won’t buy their products as long as they continue to report news in the “It’s my way or the highway” tradition. Tell them you refuse to buy their products till they realize that they are supporting tabloids that choose to slant their own biased opinions to their viewers, convict suspects before a jury is selected and try to brainwash the public to think the way they see fit.

      Hey, what about bumper stickers … ?

    21. Jim Hanson on October 22nd, 2005 3:06 am

      Every time I visit here, I hear the words “cover up” … “corruption” …

      Have any of you heard of the Watergate cover up in 1974? What about the Florida ballot count in Bush’s first election?

      Shall I go on?

    22. Rafael on October 22nd, 2005 4:01 pm

      glad you think Aruba is a fun friendly place. Go back all you want. You are thinking about the small picture though and don’t care about the big picture. The big picture is changing a bad corrupt system. There are other friendly beautiful places to visit. And do me a favor, when you are done with your crystal ball please send it over to me so that I can look up the next winning lotto ticket. You must have a crystal ball since you know that they should be searching other islands instead of ARUBA for Natalee. It’s meaningless posts like yours that should not make it on this blog………..

    23. Pat on October 27th, 2005 11:16 am

      Many people around the world are watching, that is why the authorities and business people in Aruba are so concerned.

      I am getting to a point where I wouldn’t want to go to Aruba regardless of how this case turns out. The seathing hate from some of their people is very apparent here. No concern for the victim, no concern for justice, just hatred…

      Give us Natalee and we will go away and not return.

    24. Bluesky on October 30th, 2005 11:27 am

      I think that the people who are Beth Fanatics (or Natalee Fanatics) have been watching too much Nancy Grace, Greta van Susteren or Dr. Phil….

      I think that those TABLOID TV Programs are not reliable and only highlight the side of the story which has the most effect on bringing in the ratings which they need. I think that people who have as their only source of information these TABLOID shows can not have objective points of views regarding this case.

      I respect their freedom of speech, but I will try to put my (Aruba’s) side of the story too. Maybe then the perceptions of some people will change to be a more objective one. Fanaticsm is in my opinion a bad thing……

      Arubiano orguyoso….

      BIBA Aruba !!!!

    25. Debbie on November 7th, 2005 10:57 pm

      I take issue with those who seem to think that everyone has to be a fanatic over Natalee to watch the tv shows about this case. Maybe there really are people out here who really do care ..I care..This young lady went to that Island on a visit , she is citizen of the US and she deserves to come home . Her family deserves answers no matter whether her mother is keeping her case up front with the news media or with the man in
      Philadelphia. I don’t think it matters whether or not we like Beth , she has lost her daughter and should be given the respect she deserves for continuing to raise hell over not getting any answers about what happened to her. I would hope to have the strength to do what Beth is doing myself if it were my daughter . the authorities in charge there should step out of the picture and allow a new team to take over and if not, then tough luck for the economy there. I would never go there now and feel safe .

    26. A User on November 8th, 2005 10:19 pm

      If we follow those same beliefs then should we not ban all travel to the USA as they fail to protect vistors?

      I for one will never travel to the USA again after spending 3 weeks here and listening to all the propaganda on the TV. I urge all Americans to watch non USA news programs and find out the TRUTH. I work for the largest travel advisory company in the world and at the last count , USA is officially now the most hated country in the world.

      BAN ALL TRAVEL TO THE USA. they did after all mess up the OJ case ……. double standards?

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