Caribbean Tourism Doing Well Exceeding Global Growth Average, except Aruba … Pirates of the Caribbean


According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) tourism has donePirates-sign well in the Caribbean exceeding the global growth average by 5.1 percent. Caribbean doing well … except one. It would appear that many Caribbean islands are taking advantage of Aruba’s misfortune. Plundering their tourists if you will. Making up for past years. Does anyone really think that other Caribbean islands are not exploiting Aruba’s screw ups for their own gains? Looks like the rest of the Caribbean have become the true, Pirates of the Caribbean.

According to that organization, world tourism is expected to grow 4 percent in 2007. There has also been a positive growth trend for the world tourism market for four years in a row. Seems that Aruba is not participating in this growth.

“International tourism is likely to remain buoyant unless major incidents occur,” reported the Madrid-based UNWTO. “Forecast growth of four percent in 2007, while slightly down on previous years (the annualized rise was 5.5 percent in 2005), coincides with WTO long term forecasts putting annual growth at 4.1 percent through 2020.” (The Nassau Guardian)

Things usually do remain “buoyant” unless there are “major incidents”. Don’t they? One is then supposed to deal with said major incident, not hide it is the closet.

“International tourism is likely to remain buoyant unless major incidents occur.”



Which makes there tourism numbers even more devastating in Aruba when compared with the rest of the Caribbean Negative growth in Aruba at a time where the rest of the Caribbean is in the black. Even after last years disastrous fall in tourism following the Natalee Holloway disappearance, 2006 has not been a red letter year for Aruba either.

  • The number of visitors in February and March 2006 decreased with respectfully 11.1 and 18.2 percent.   The number of stay over tourists dropped with 5.6 and 15.6 percent in February and March respectively.
  •  Data available for the first five months of 2006 show that stay-over tourists and their nights spent on the island decreased by 10.6 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively.
  • In June 2006, the number of stay-over visitors and their nights spent on the island fell by 8.8 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively, compared to the corresponding month in 2005. (Centrale Bank Aruba)

What is most interesting of the comments regarding the strong performance of Caribbean tourism are the reasons given.

The positive performance of the global tourism industry has been boosted by the strength of the global economy, as well as favorable exchange rates benefiting European and Asian travelers. (The Nassau Guardian)

Why is the rest of the Caribbean benefiting from these indicators; however, Aruba is not? They are still located in the Caribbean? Maybe, just maybe the Aruban officials will come clean, admit their problem and do something about it. Eventually, Aruba’s tourism will show some growth as one can’t go below “rock bottom.” However, until they improve their image by bring justice for a particular missing person, they will never recover. Aruban officials, its OK to say the “N” word … Natalee … Justice for Natalee.

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    49 Responses to “Caribbean Tourism Doing Well Exceeding Global Growth Average, except Aruba … Pirates of the Caribbean”

    1. dennisintn on November 10th, 2006 6:20 pm

      beel, are you reading here? i believe the unwto is a little more believable than your local liar’s club.

    2. Allan K on November 10th, 2006 6:48 pm

      The Arubans and Dutch destroyed their own island. Most are liars and deceitful.

    3. joe bear on November 10th, 2006 7:39 pm

      suprise,suprise.where is johnny depp.Maybe he could Natalee and justice,closure,and answers.Then maybe you can start to grow,again.Joe Bear

    4. houston on November 10th, 2006 7:46 pm

      I cannot imagine a guy taking his family to ARUBA, with young girls that could disappeared forever….what a NIGHTMARE ISLAND.

    5. Derek on November 10th, 2006 7:47 pm

      Despite your efforts,and your misinformation…Aruba will be Ok.I think they may have an off year but eventually the people will return.Since its so empty now.Yep.Not a soul in sight.Scaredmonkeys has done an excellent job of keeping this non story alive.People will forget.I guarantee you.Most people that come to Aruba could give 2 s**ts about Natalee Twitty Holloway.And statements like”The Arubans and the Dutch have destroyed their own island.Most are liars and deceitful”….could easily be said about Americans.they destroyed their own country.Most are liars and deceitful……well atleast our president is……..douchbag…!!!!

    6. Miss-Underestimated on November 10th, 2006 7:50 pm

      Some of the other islands are taking advantage if Aruba problem,,,,,BooHoo look how Aruba took advantage of Natalee Holloway and her family. Karma…..whatever it is Aruba you cannot escape paybacks for the death of the innocent


      SM: Miss U … I certainly did not mean that because other islands were taking advantage that it was a bad thing … more like along the linnes of “pay backs are a B …”  

      You know my sarcasm by now. ;)


    7. Mortella on November 10th, 2006 8:16 pm

      Guess the UN forgot to check with Dereck and find about the mob of American tourists playing blackjact at the Marriott he encountered. They must not have asked him at all!

    8. SL-Gloria on November 10th, 2006 8:30 pm

      I checked the Economic Indicators for the Americas region in the UNWTO site and found the following information on Aruba’s tourism market:

      †¢ In the year 2000, Aruba had a peak of 720,000 visitors, which decreased between 2001 and 2003, and went back up to the 720′s in 2004 (i. e. Aruba’s tourism has been hurting for a while; in comes Jorge Pesquera and Meet Aruba and the Convention Marketing Platform).

      †¢ Its regional market share remained steady between 1990 and 2004, as a percentage of the total (i.e. no growth relative to Total Regional Market).

      US$ Receipts:
      †¢ In 1995, market share of US Dollars receipts (0.5%) were consistent with market share of arrivals (0.5%) (i. e. Aruba was price competitive at the time).

      †¢ Between 1995 and 2000, Aruba experienced average growth in US Dollar Receipts, amounting to 9.3% (i. e. if marked share remained the same, the hike in US Dollar income came from price increases over and above regional average).

      †¢ Between 2000 and 2003, US Dollar receipts only increased 2.5% (i. e. price elasticity began to decrease and so did Aruba’s appeal to command a price premium).

      Euro Receipts:
      †¢ Market share shows an average of 0.7% between 2000 and 2004.

      †¢ Between 2002 and 2003, Euro receipts declined 13.5%, but regional average must have gone down too, because its share of the market remained the same.

      †¢ In 2004, Euro receipts went back to 2002 level, so there was no growth.

      Aruba’s tourism problems did not originate with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Its tourism income was decreasing as its US Dollar receipts began a decline, starting in 2002. The NH case has intensified the situation, but it’s been cooking for a while.


      SM: Ah … there was a hit to all tourism in the post 9-11 world, then they had increases … that’s what they were telling us in 2005 and comparing them to 2004 numbers. Aruba’s words, not mine.


    9. Kat_Gram on November 10th, 2006 8:57 pm

      And when the cruise ships stop it will get worse. Derek, I don’t know what kind of ppl you know, but they must be cold hearted if they do not give a cr&p about a lovely girl who went missing. People who never met Natalee do care.

    10. NM on November 10th, 2006 9:19 pm

      I left you more info re: rene, on the queen’s visit thread.
      Hi Monkeys!!!!!

      Yeah! Kat_Gram!! Well said.

      derek, the only people that I can figure that will want to go to aruba are those that have a propensity for crime and evil and the desire for lawlessness. They will reap what they sowed.

    11. aruba#1 on November 10th, 2006 10:25 pm

      I promissed myself that I would not waste my time with you people.
      But I feel it’s time again to react.
      Stop wasting your time with a lost case, if you put all your energy into all the problems in the USA, things would maybe get better. ARUBA still remains a safe island and people with common sense will continue to come here.
      The Holloway mystery still remains just that, a mystery.
      Our saying here is, this is the best place to live.

    12. ayfit on November 10th, 2006 10:30 pm

      You know what dawned on me today,if the officials in Aruba are willing to cover up a rape,murder,kidnapping,etc.of an American tourist,teen female.Can one trust their games,no I mean their table games.I am a gambler and can only imagine how crooked their casino games must be.Going to Aruba to gamble with your life or your money,NOT a good bet.This place, Aruba, really reaps.Has to be the most corrupt place in the world,right up there with Venezuela.

    13. IndyDan on November 10th, 2006 10:56 pm

      #11 ayfit – you’re right on, this 3rd world country has thrived off corruption and criminal activity forever, now it doesn’t know how to deal with being forthright. No one there has the ability to look at the rape and murder of Natalee as a crime, the foundation of their system is grounded in illegal activity.

    14. Kat_Gram on November 10th, 2006 11:18 pm

      The casino games in the Holiday Inn are run by a person who claims to be an ” EX ” ( LOL ) mafia. I do believe that there was a problem with the off track betting with this person also. Why wouldn’t you just toss your money into the street instead of going to Aruba to toss it into the Mafia’s pocket ? Vegas and Atlantic City are regulated. And at least you are in a civilized country that has a police force if something ” bad” happens.
      Vegas and Atlantic City.. go there.

    15. JusticeforNatalee on November 10th, 2006 11:20 pm

      posted by MF on FOB:

      On Wednesday morning, DIARIO’s office received the visit of the well-known Peter R. de Vries from the program Opsporings Verzocht.

      He told DIARIO that even though a lot of time has passed and everything looks like that quiet around the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, he and other colleagues are still investigating the case.

      De Vries came looking for information about a case where a boy threw a choller in the sea. According to information that he has, one of these youngsters was one of the suspects in the case of Natalee Holloway.

      According to the Vries, this is just one of the many aspects of the case that he is investigating. He asked different questions, also to our editors that were close to this case and this was filmed for the program Opsporings Verzocht, that will air within a few weeks.

      De Vries that has this program for 12 years, and has a lot of success in solving cases in the Netherlands and other countries, told DIARIO that they will continue to investigate Natalee’s disappearance seriously, so everybody can have a view on what really happened.

      In the interview with de Vries, it is apparent that he does not think that the girl is still alive and if she disappeared, she did not plan it.

    16. JusticeforNatalee on November 10th, 2006 11:24 pm

      P.S. I am confused about Opsporings Verzocht.

      I thought Peter hosted Crimestoppers.

    17. Allan K on November 11th, 2006 12:36 am


      We don’t get on TV and tell outright lies, at least not without repercussions. Your attitude is probally that of some Arubans. Total moral depravity. Your president is of the same moral caliber as you. Deceitful, for instance tell the mother to shut up or we will stop pretending to investigate. Has Joran, Julia, Paulus, Posner, etc. lied, obstructed the case all along? Aruba is on a downward spiral along with your moral character.

    18. Richard on November 11th, 2006 7:26 am

      So Derek says the Natalee Holloway case is a “non-story.”

      And Aruba#1 prates about how wonderful the island is as a place to live (wonderful for whom?)….

      What sound do I hear? The flushing of a toilet as more cold-hearted inane trolls are sent to the sewer where they belong….

      Bon voyage, scum.

    19. SL-Gloria on November 11th, 2006 8:41 am

      #8, R reply:

      Well, then that justification was BS, because even if the level of incoming visitors was regained, the percentage of US Dollar Receipts with respect to Total Regional Market Share was never recuperated. The visitors increase of 2004 must have come from cruise ship passengers, which doesn’t generate as much island income, or increases in demand due to adjustments in average room rates with respect to 2000 figures, the year that Aruba’s Dollar Receipts was the highest.

    20. JusticeforNatalee on November 11th, 2006 11:44 am


      People with common sense can see that Joran and the Kalpoes are responsible for Natalee’s death. (or at least KNOW what happened)

      People with common sense will NOT go to an island where their daughters can be the targets of date rape drugs–while the police force looks the other way.

      People with common sense are avoiding Aruba.

    21. airgame12 on November 11th, 2006 11:57 am

      Derek and Aruba #1
      You wonder why we come after Aruba the way we do…….its because not only is it a place to get murdered, but its full of garbage like you two. There’s only one thing keeping you little sesspool open and that the drug trade. We will never forget what Aruba has done to Natalee and her family, and we will always continue to run you and you bullshit island into the ground as much as possible. Hell, maybe you have kids and it will happen to them also……..think how you would feel then moron!

    22. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 12:07 pm


      I think not!

      Rene the refinery employee decapitated!

      Dinesh “Pitbull” Djoegan – Beaten to
      death by baseball bat, mutilated,
      crucified & lit on fire at the caves.

      Natalee Holloway 2005 – Murdered
      and raped by Joran Vander Sloot
      + Satish and Dirtpak Kalpoe. They
      consulted with PVDS -Aruba’s #1
      murder consultant- on just how to
      get away with it.


      “MURDER 101 FOR DUMMIES” – Paulus Van der Sloot

      He discussed how they
      would never have to go to jail if
      the authorities never found A BODY!!!!!

      Why would they say body? Most at that time
      thought she was just missing.

      red flag (one of thousands in this case)

      “NO BODY, NO CRIME” Why was he referring
      to Natalee as A BODY within the first


      All traces of any worthwhile
      evidence inexplicably
      removed and
      destroyed by

      Deepak hits the JACKPOT! Not inly does he get out of jail… but those of Automotive Enterprises redo the interior of
      his ‘RAPE MOBILE’ to remove the DNA EVIDENCE
      from a bleeding Natalee that may remain.

      Yes ARUBA – real safe…. and so sincere, caring, and
      honest too!

      “You make me laff my fren” -Satish


    23. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 12:29 pm

      Right on, Airgame -

      The BOYCOTT MOVEMENT on Aruba – The Island of Van der Rape and Murder…

      Is NOT WORKING SOOOO MUCH… that these wee on trolls have to take time out of their SUPER BUSY SCHEDULE to whine
      about how unfair it all is.

      Tough Monkey Nuggets!!!

      Oh, and be sure to blow a kissie to THE FRANKENSLOOTS
      of 19 Montanja for me, won’t you?


    24. Arubaanse on November 11th, 2006 1:01 pm

      Derek and aruba#1, you guys are the reason for this boycott not Natalee or Beth. It’s that kind of attitude that got us into alot trouble. Please, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.


      You don’t have to believe everything that i say. That is the beauty of it. You have your own opinion and I have mine. Like Carpe Noctem, I don’t agree with everything he said but I do like his dedication and efforts on this case. Carpe Noctem:) I like your work.

      OK take care everybody!! Be nice to eachother!! and DON’T let those 2 ignorant Arubans change your feelings for other arubans who do care about natalee and justice for natalee.

      Bye bye, I am off to celebrate my birthday!!


      SM:   HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARUBAANSE!   Hope you have a great day!   (klaasend)

    25. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 1:07 pm

      Would someone please tell this
      dumptruck load to friggin’ hitch
      up his pants!!!

      I am afraid some nearsighted granny’s gonna come along
      and stick a quarter down his crack tryin to play ‘THE SLOTS’

      “i hit the JACKPOT!” – Deepox Kalpone

    26. Arubaanse on November 11th, 2006 1:13 pm

      :) Thank you Klaasend :) I just wish i could celebrate it with my family. But i am going to celebrate it with my dutch friends :)
      Take care!


      SM:   I know it’s hard being away from family on your birthday but you will have many more to share with them in coming years.   Have a great day with your Dutch friends!   (klaasend)

    27. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 1:26 pm

      Hi Arubaanse,

      Thanks for the compliment, mi dushi!

      …and a big HAPPY B-DAY to ya…

      Have fun!

    28. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 2:55 pm
    29. Caroline on November 11th, 2006 3:08 pm

      Surprised this was allowed to appear on Like any negative posts are censored and the intellectual capacity is usually: xxx more days to Aruba let’s have a count down. ONE HAPPY ISLAND

      Aruba Chat | Aruba Trip Reports |

      Aruba Bulletin Board at > Aruba Q & A > Aruba by Night
      Do not go to Cafe Bahia

      #1 Saturday, October 7th, 2006, 05:02 PM
      Junior Member Join Date: October 7th, 2006
      Posts: 2

      On Monday Sept. 3rd 2006 I and my partner with 3 ladies were there and I was beaten by the bouncer and 5 other patrons who were hitting on the 3 girls and did not like it. I asked one of the patrons to stop hitting on the girls for they like girls not boys. To my suprise I was attacked by the patrons and a bouncer. The patrons kicked my feet out from under me and proceeded to kick me to the ground were they and the bouncer kicked the left side of my body braking 3 ribs and fracturing my left shoulder. I need help locating the patrons. They are supposed to be from the Island of Curisel with a drag racing team and frequent the island of Aruba often.

      To my knowledge the police have arrested the bouncer but can not locate the other perpetrators. If any one has any information about this please let me know or call the Aruba Police.

      I would also like to know of an attorny so I can sue the all parties involved.

      10 Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 04:39 PM
      Senior Member Join Date: January 28th, 2005
      Location: Toronto, Canada
      Posts: 142

      Re: Do not go to Cafe Bahia


      Sorry to hear about what happened, unfortunately in a case like this probably nothing much will come of it, it may have to just be one of those things you have to let go.

    30. JusticeforNatalee on November 11th, 2006 3:55 pm


      May you have a wonderful day!
      I tried to make you cake (below).
      I know it looks silly but the good wishes are still there.


    31. beel on November 11th, 2006 4:00 pm

      beel, are you reading here? i believe the unwto is a little more believable than your local liar’s club.

      Comment by dennisintn | November 10, 2006, 6

      Yes and unlike the selectively perceptive here I read the country specific document which states. It pays to read all information before you opine.

      Total demand is expected to grow by 6.2% in 2006.
      2.39 Billion in income
      Personal Travel up 5% in 2006
      Business Travel up 7% in 2006


    32. Richard on November 11th, 2006 4:28 pm

      Happy 25th birthday Arubanse, and may you have many more.

    33. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 4:59 pm

      Hey beel, u should get yer a$$ of of yer shoukders…
      it’s cutting the airflow to your brain!

      If ARUBA is doing so swell, they wouldn’t
      be hitting up HRM for 50 million…

      Can I have my allowance MOMMY?

    34. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 5:21 pm
    35. aruba#1 on November 11th, 2006 5:30 pm

      Arubaanse bo no ta un arubiano.
      Sigur un macamba pen bieuw.
      Stop di hasi bo mes ridiculo


      SM:   Leave Arubaanse alone.   She has a right to her opinion. (klaasend)

    36. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 6:11 pm
    37. Carpe Noctem on November 11th, 2006 7:33 pm

      #11 – You should keep your promises.
      u say:

      The Holloway mystery still remains just that, a mystery.
      Our saying here is, this is the best place to live.


      The only “MYSTERY” of the Holloway case is why they
      did not arrest that murdering, kidnapping, raping,
      vicious little peckerhead of a son of Paulus’.

      Why that psycho, tourist stalker, DATE RAPER
      was not arrested for 9 or so days,
      and why he and the Kalpoes are
      not in jail right now. After lying
      22 times and obstructing
      justice at every turn.

      ARUBA – The island where murderers and rapists

      THE WATER BASIN DEAD tommorow.

      It’s not going away. They’re either going
      to jail… or perhaps on ice.
      That is what I think
      will happen to them.


    38. JusticeforNatalee on November 11th, 2006 9:10 pm

      #11 The only mystery is why Aruban officials are too stubborn or stupid to administer justice.

      In the words of Aruba’s own police chief, “It always comes back to Joran and the Kalpoes.”

    39. Arubaanse on November 11th, 2006 9:33 pm


      What did you say?? I am not an aruban?? Why?? just because I defend a mother of a missing child?? You should not be angry at me, you should be angry at our ALE and OUR OWN PEOPLE!!! Go take a look in the mirror, if each and everyone of our people could change that “everything is good here in Aruba” attitude then might solve this case very soon!!


      Carpe Noctem,

      Thank you very much dushi :)


      Thank you for your wishes and the cake and it doesn’t look silly!!

      Dear Richard,

      Thanks but i didn’t turn 25, you made me older hihihihih lol

    40. k on November 11th, 2006 10:22 pm

      Arubaanse, Just another HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish. I always enjoy reading your posts. Such a wise mind for being so young!

    41. dennisintn on November 11th, 2006 10:32 pm

      #ll, another broken promise from aruba. how surprising. NOT.

      #3l, we’ve had so many unrealized “expectations” from aruba during the last l8 mos. that anyone with half a brain laughs at anything official aruba proclaims.

      arubaanse, i wish you a hundred more happy birthdays and may you dance at my funeral.


    42. IndyDan on November 11th, 2006 10:34 pm

      Happy Birthday Arubaanse

    43. mayan_moons on November 12th, 2006 1:07 am

      Hey NM!

      lol thinking Rocky Road was a site!

      Thank you for the pic of Rene’s g/f & the article! It says Renee was going to be a witness? Against Jip$hit
      & Kalpox? What exactly was he going to say i wonder.

    44. mayan_moons on November 12th, 2006 1:12 am

      awww where did all the older comments go?~ i didn’t get to read them all, say it ain’t so?

    45. judy w. on November 12th, 2006 3:22 am

      Happy Birthday Arubaanse! Today is also my son’s birthday. He’s 26. How old are you? Have a great birthday.

    46. judy w. on November 12th, 2006 3:34 am

      Oops! Forgot it’s now Nov. 12 ~ I meant on Nov. 11! And I agree with #40′s post…”wise mind for one so young.”

    47. nychic on November 12th, 2006 7:48 pm

      klaas -

      none of my posts have been going through ??

      maybe they are not being recognized due to
      my posting from a different location ??

      hopefully i did not meet the same fate
      as kelmal ??


      SM:   No, this post went through fine.   Sometimes posts end up in the spam folder and I don’t know why.   If you happen to post very late at night and it goes to the spam folder it’s likely to end up getting deleted.   Sometimes there are over 600 spam posts overnight.   We can only view 150 of them so the rest end up getting deleted even if a good post.   I’ll try to watch out for yours just in case they are going to the spam folder.  (klaasend)

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