Aruba … Maybe this is your Problem with Tourism? “Tourists are Getting Ziggy with It”


Aruba … Getting ZIGGY with it


(Ziggy, Tom Wilson)

Check out Ziggy and the Wiki. Cartoonist Tom Wilson is one of the best in the business.

Its not beyond the realm for Travel Agents to be discouraging potential vacation customers from Aruba, no matter how low the price is and how many incentives are provided. Travel agents have learned by merely discussing Aruba as a travel location, customers have become upset.

Bermuda has seen a 23% increase in tourism … Aruba has not.


Posted February 10, 2007 by
Aruba, Fun, Travel | 46 comments

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    46 Responses to “Aruba … Maybe this is your Problem with Tourism? “Tourists are Getting Ziggy with It””

    1. Carpe Noctem on February 10th, 2007 3:36 pm

      Nothing has changed in Aruba, yet this country expects different results. Sorry! Rapist Murderer’s Island
      was taken down as a travel destination long ago.



      Aruba tours cancelled due to fallout from Holloway case
      by Norman ‘Gus’ Thomas
      Caribbean Net News Senior Correspondent
      E-mail: redacted
      Tuesday, June 14, 2005

      ORANJESTAD, Aruba: Tourism officials in Aruba are reeling from the heavy negative publicity brought about by the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, who had come to the island with 124 other students from the USA to celebrate their graduation from Mountain Brook High School in Alabama.

      Holloway vanished in the early hours of May 30 after leaving an Oranjestad nightclub in the company of three men.

      According to one media report, police in Aruba arrested a man last Saturday morning, after one of a trio that was previously held reportedly told police “something bad happened to her”. However, law enforcement officials have vehemently denied this, with officials saying only that they have reached a crucial point in their investigation.

      One senior police official reportedly told the media that there was a confession and that one of the suspects was “taking police to the scene.” However, when this report was made public, police here told Caribbean Net News that the report was misleading and untrue and that no confession was made. Since then, some have begun to look at the authorities here with suspicion and Holloway’s mother told the press that she feels that the trio knows more than they are telling.

      Meanwhile, as officials continue their search for Holloway, they have come in for heavy criticism from many in the travel industry over the way the case in being handled.

      One travel agent told Caribbean Net News, “We in the United States are extremely concerned about the way this case is being handled in Aruba,” going on to add, “I know for a fact that many Americans have already cancelled plans to visit Aruba. Their fear is that, if a crime should occur, the police will handle it in an inept and incompetent fashion, as many feel this case is being handled in such a manner,”

      Some have expressed the view that, since one of the three suspects is the son of a “soon-to-be-judge”, it could be that the boy’s dad is using his influence for the benefit of his son, thus causing the police to be reluctant to release information which would be damaging to the boy. “I urge you, do not let this fact (of his position) compromise the investigation,” a travel agent wrote to Caribbean Net News.

      In speaking to several travel agents across the USA, Caribbean Net News has been told that they are “discouraging travel to Aruba.” However, a number of visitors have reportedly cancelled on their own after learning how the situation is being handled.

      In speaking on national radio last Friday night, Nelson Oduber, the island’s Prime Minister said that he was deeply concerned over the negative effect the Holloway matter would have on the island’s tourism product and its 97,000 people, who depend heavily on tourism. Some are now expressing the view that the authorities are more concerned about the harm done to the country’s image rather than seeking justice for Holloway. -end-




      Pay Paulus ‘vat of pig slop’ Van der Rapist


      He may have to share it
      with ya for you in the future
      for you to even eat. -J4N

    2. hammer on February 10th, 2007 6:12 pm

      Justice for Natalee Ann Holloway.


    3. Miss-Underestimated on February 10th, 2007 8:01 pm

      Aruba has seen it’s better days.

      It’s Hammer time

    4. Allan K on February 10th, 2007 9:24 pm

      They just don’t seem to care that Natalee died in Aruba. They did a terrible job on cover-up. They don’t care about much except Joran and pimps are found not guilty. That is obvious. Who is working in the Hague for Joran not to have been found guilty? Aruba has a deceitful, corrupt, criminal government. Only one happy island when American dollars and American victims are there.

      Prosecute Joran you idiots, everybody knows you lie and coverup.

    5. Richard on February 10th, 2007 10:30 pm

      Do we have any travel agents in our ranks? The only thing we hear from ASTA is the smug, pious “We don’t want to tell people where they can or can’t go.”

      If we only had some travel agents who would step up to the plate, metaphorically speaking, and come out and say that part of the job IS advising people where to go and where not to go.

      Any whore can give a customer what he wants. The role of a travel agent is to give advice; simply being a ticket-taker doesn’t work today, when anyone can buy on the Internet.



      SM:   We do have a couple of travel agents that are members of the SM forum.   They have been doing a great job spreading the word.   At one agency they haven’t had any bookings for Aruba for over year now.   (klaasend)

    6. mayan_moons on February 11th, 2007 1:53 am

      Naw it don’t exist anymore coz we came to shut you down Aruba (who?). Unlike you Aruba we’re not talking out both sides of our mouths, we are telling you straight up that we’ve come to tear your little world apart.

      And trust me.

      We’re just getting started boo!

    7. Richard on February 11th, 2007 6:01 am

      Thanks for pointing that out, Klassend.

      What Aruba is trying to do now is promote itself through corporate giveaway programs, where you win a week there. They keep the cost so low that the corporations see this as a great perk.

      We got Curves to back down on this. The more we write, and the more we expose the companies who go along with Aruba, the harder we make it for them to get away with this game.

    8. Peaches on February 11th, 2007 6:56 am

      Having spent seventeen years in the travel industry, I can assure you that plenty of travel agents are NOT selling Aruba despite what ASTA says. Many travel agents have life-long clients for whom they plan vacations every year. Believe me they are not sending anyone they know to the happy hellhole. Travel Agents depend on providing good services and good advice. Their very livelihood depends on sending people NICE places where the travelers will actually LIVE to tell about their trip. Travel agents depend in part on word of mouth advertising. By the entire manner in which that island has treated this case and our entire country by extension, they have shown they are not worthy of our tourists, our money or even or time. They have made their bed and they can lie about it till the cows come home. Won’t change a thing.

    9. Melissa on February 11th, 2007 10:00 am

      There was a recent travel article in the Washington Post discussing various Caribbean islands and there was absolutely no mention of Aruba whereas many other islands were specifically described as to their respective attributes. This is in contrast to the New York Times writer Michelle Higgins who recommends Aruba as a great “family destination”.

    10. chris on February 11th, 2007 12:20 pm

      I’m happy to announce that for the first time there were NO ads for Aruba in the Travel Section. Thus far we could always count on AA to have some , but they too have disappeared. Ours is a very large newspaper read by close to a million, so this is a big very big thing for our cause….chris

    11. dennisintn on February 11th, 2007 12:28 pm

      the new york times wouldn’t be interested in the disappearance and probable kidnapping, rape, and murder of “just a little american tourist girl”. now, if it had been a member of hezbollah, or an ally of al quada, that would be a different thing all together and the fireworks would have been enormous. travel writers will write about anyplace that is willing to pay the price. most travel writers, that is. the new york times itself runs aruba advertisements all the time.

    12. Richard on February 11th, 2007 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Peaches (#8), for those encouraging words.

      That’s the theme I tried to play on in this letter:

      February 11, 2007

      Mr. Alec Sanguinetti
      Director General and Chief Executive,
      Caribbean Hotel Association
      2655 Lejeune Road, Suite 910
      Coral Gables, FL 33134

      Mr. Vincent Vanderpool Wallace
      Secretary General,
      Caribbean Tourism Organization
      80 Bond St., 32nd floor
      New York, NY 10004


      I am writing to you in the understanding that you will serve as the initial co-chairmen of the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a newly founded private firm dedicated to promoting tourism, and possibly related activities, in the Caribbean region. If I am in error, please pardon my mistake and forward this letter on to the appropriate person.

      Although your group has been generated by the Caribbean Hotel Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization, my understanding is that the CTDC will be a for-profit entity. As such, it will be reliant on the good will of those customers it seeks to serve.
      Certainly, in the last analysis, the opinion of the individual “retail” client is what matters.

      Where the island of Aruba is concerned, the individual client has expressed his opinion. Tourism there has plunged and shows no signs of improving. The Aruban media fret and whine about this state of affairs, but do not address the cause: The American public, who had provided eighty percent of Aruba tourism, will not visit an island whose government continues to support the cover-up of a crime against an American citizen. In this instance I am of course referring to Natalee Holloway, who vanished on Aruba on May 30, 2005.

      Indeed, the whole Netherlands Antilles seems to be under somewhat of a cloud. You will recall the disappearance of Amy Bradley in March 1998 from a cruise ship docked at Curacao. Sightings of Amy Bradley in an apparent condition of duress continue to be reported in the Caribbean. Likewise, the family of Joel Gove, who vanished on Saba in December, faces the burden of organizing a search effort that authorities there should do.
      You may ask the reason for my raising these matters, given that you do not presume to be a law enforcement agency. My purpose is to suggest that you are in a unique position to act boldly and demonstrate your integrity in championing the interests of your clients.

      To my knowledge, no organization in the Caribbean has raised its voice in support of the Holloway Twitty family, the Bradley family, or the Gove family. Americans are left to wonder who will represent their interests should misfortune befall them in the Caribbean and why American families must mount searches for loved ones in a foreign country in the face of hostility and contempt from the very governments that seek to attract tourists.

      Were your organization to take the lead in this matter by announcing that you will not represent Aruba or the other Netherlands Antilles islands until they take action to provide answers in these tragedies, it would provide a reassuring sign that someone, somewhere in the Caribbean is committed to the interests of visitors. Promoting safety is a basic step in promoting tourism, and when, as in the case of Aruba, the welfare of visitors is shown to be supported by nothing but a cynical sneer, the public will react accordingly.

      Mr. Allen Chastanet has said: “The Caribbean is one brand, and we all live and die by this brand.” Unfortunately, the saying that a chain is but as strong as its weakest link must be invoked here. The moral stench of Aruba may yet spread beyond its own shores to drag down its neighbors in its own decay. There also are signs that governments may be taking a greater role in supporting their citizens abroad: in Mexico and Cape Verde, the Canadian and Italian governments respectively have made diplomatic representations recently on behalf of their citizens who were assaulted as tourists. The silence of the U.S. government, so far, in the cases cited above shames all Americans, but it too may change.

      Allow me to conclude by urging, again, that you speak out on behalf of these families who are facing hostile or indifferent governments. The specters of terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and crime already threaten: indeed, Australia has formally warned its citizens, with regard to next month’s ICC Cricket World Cup, about the dangers of the Caribbean.

      Surely your organization will understand the value of a voice that speaks for justice and fair play. No such voice can be heard in Aruba today. I call upon you to fill this void.



    13. Richard on February 11th, 2007 3:10 pm

      BTW, Allen Chastanet is a Caribbean bigwig in the travel/tourism industry who works for one of those two organizations and was (I think) a former high official in Jamaica. Too tired after writing this to look it up right now. But the recipients will know who he is.

    14. Patti on February 11th, 2007 4:03 pm


      Great job on post #1 –

      Even with a confession, the Aruban government refused to prosecute the case of missing Natalee Ann Holloway.

      It’s February, and, we can only hope that the Dutch will
      release their unbiased opinion on the investigation. I
      can’t wait. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure
      this one out… there was a miscarriage of justice in
      Aruba and they, along with their counterparts, owe the
      family of Natalee Holloway an apology.

      Let there be justice in Aruba!

    15. Richard on February 11th, 2007 5:17 pm

      Here’s another letter … last for the day … why not? The Cape Verde story hasn’t been posted here, but it really is horrible. It seems that Italians love Cape Verde as an unspoiled island, good for surfing, etc. (sound like anywhere in the Caribbean?)

      Anyway, of all people, a TOURIST GUIDE seemed to have had some kind of romantic relationship (whether real or wannabe, I don’t know) with one Italian girl. I guess it went sour. He and friends invited three young Italian women to dinner.

      As the story said, they sprayed the three with some kind of substance that immobilized them. (Anyone know what it might be?) They then took the girls to a secluded place in the woods where a hole had been dug, put them in it, threw stones at them and then buried them. One of the girls survived; she escaped. Evidently one of the other two was buried alive.

      Italy didn’t fool around; they sent a diplomat over to make sure something was done. It was, as the letter says.

      Aruba is a lot smaller than Cape Verde.

      February 11, 2007

      The Hon. Condoleezza Rice
      Secretary of State
      U.S. Department of State
      2201 C St., NW
      Washington, DC 20520

      Dear Madam Secretary Rice:

      I am writing to ask about our national readiness to protect American citizens abroad.

      Allow me to allude to some recent actions on the part of other governments. Mr. Peter MacKay, Canadian minister of foreign affairs, recently went to Mexico in the wake of assaults on several Canadian tourists. Mr. MacKay evidently demanded and received assurances that action will be taken, including a possible request for Canadian assistance.

      More recently, in the face of a horrid and savage assault on three of its nationals in Cape Verde, the Italian foreign ministry sent a diplomat from its Senegal embassy to ensure that prompt and effective action would be taken on their behalf. This effort succeeded: within days, Cape Verde announced that three people had been arrested in this tragedy.

      It appears that some governments are prepared to assert interest in the well-being of their citizens abroad. Why, then, is our own government inert on this matter in the Caribbean?

      In March 1998, Amy Bradley, an American citizen, vanished from a cruise ship docked at Curacao. There continue to be reported sightings of her in conditions of duress, yet our government appears to be indifferent. Nearly two years after Natalee Holloway vanished, Aruba continues to deny her family even the semblance of an honest investigation, and the Dutch, who have assumed control of the case, are sluggish. The family of Joel Gove, who in December vanished on Saba, in the Netherlands Antilles, is struggling to fund a search that should be the joint responsibility of the local government and of the Dutch.

      The World Factbook puts the population of Cape Verde at 418,000 last year; with only 72,000 people, Aruba could act at least as quickly. Clearly the inability of Aruba to make progress in the Natalee Holloway case reflects nothing more than a lack of will to do so – or, perhaps, a will not to do so. As Americans provide 80% of Aruban tourists, it has an incentive to be obliging. Perhaps Canada and Italy provide a useful model to follow.



    16. Carpe Noctem on February 11th, 2007 10:47 pm

      A piece of good news to many:

      One more beautiful brutal chop to the economy
      of ARUBA!!!

      The brutal murdering, raping, island
      that supports IMO the Natalee Holloway killing

      Glad to see it! Way to go AA! If only JET BLUE would
      follow suit on the island that supports
      raging serial liars & murdering, raping,

      What a better world it would be!



      Airport To Seek Other Carrier For
      Boston If AA Cancels–ATA IS SURPRISED!?!

      ORANJESTAD-American Airlines (AA) intention to cancel the Boston-Aruba route as of May 1st 2007 has surprised Aruba Airport Authority.

      Spokesperson for Aruba Airport Authority, Ruben Trappenberg said that the high passenger load factor on AA flights between Boston and Aruba does not justify the suspension of flights as of May 1st. The airport is aware that the Boston route is operated seasonally by AA. The route is serviced from the end of the year until the middle of Spring, AA has done so last year and the year before, said Trappenberg.

      Aruba Airport Authority does not know if the cancellation as of May 1st is seasonal or definitive. The airport will try to find another carrier to service Boston if AA decides to stop operating the route. The demand from Boston is great and continues to grow, the passenger load factor on the route is proof said Trappenberg. (rofl)

      The news of a possible cancellation of the New York-Aruba route by AA also surprised the Airport Authority. The possible cancellation has to do with aggressive competition from other carriers flying on that same route. One of the air carriers, JetBlue, began operating the route with daily flights 5 months ago. JetBlue recent announcement of two daily flights from JFK airport has AA concerned.

      JetBlue in partnership with the Aruba Tourism Authority, the Bermuda Department of Tourism and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board announced that customers traveling to or from JetBlue’s Terminal 6 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) during the month of February will have an opportunity to receive a free passport photo and application, as well as brochures and information on these beautiful destinations, to prepare for their future travel experiences on JetBlue.


      Go to hell Natalee Holloway Murderer Island. -J4N! J4N! J4N!

    17. Carpe Noctem on February 11th, 2007 10:56 pm

      Thank you, Miss Patti.

      re #14

    18. mayan_moons on February 11th, 2007 11:17 pm

      Looks like everyone’s dumping Aruba. Its about time but as usual they lie & say tourism is up. hahahaha

    19. vicki on February 12th, 2007 8:18 am

      This is what amazes me about the IGNORANT Island of LIERUBA.
      They aresoooooooo stupid. They are shocked about American Airlines pulling out? We are shocked that they havent found Natalee. WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY.
      The picture by Tom of Ziggy is perfect. That will be the answer in years to come. JUST LIKE NATALEE DISAPPEARED SO WILL SATANS ISLAND.

    20. Big Lou/Kelmal/Gretamal on February 12th, 2007 12:12 pm

      Aruba lies about everything. Why will they tell us the truth about Natalee? I’m starting to think they never will.

    21. Dayhiker on February 12th, 2007 12:20 pm

      Great letters Richard, very well written! They must have some terrible secrets on that island to allow their reputation and economy go into the toilet. What carrier is going to want to go into that market after seeing American Airlines pull out? Most airlines are strapped as it is, who is going to put their money on a tanking loser like Aruba?

    22. Melissa on February 12th, 2007 12:21 pm

      I was disappointed to see that on Sunday, February 12, the Detroit Free Press in their travel section re-printed the article by Michelle Higgins originally published in the New York Times recommending Aruba as a family destination. Have they no conscience?

    23. Melissa on February 12th, 2007 12:22 pm

      Sorry – The date was February 11.

    24. Big Lou/Kelmal/Gretamal on February 12th, 2007 12:32 pm

      Melissa: Yea I read that article. They had Aruba the #1 island to go to. HMMMMMM !!

    25. Richard on February 12th, 2007 1:16 pm

      Melissa, can you post the link here? And does it give someone to write to?

      Aruba the #1 island? Seriously, are people from Aruba running around passing out bribes to travel editors?

      Let’s get the link, read the story and then bombard that newspaper … of course, with copies to Aruba Tourism Authority.

    26. JusticeforNatalee on February 12th, 2007 1:30 pm
    27. JusticeforNatalee on February 12th, 2007 2:06 pm

      “Peaceful Island” Propaganda

    28. Carpe Noctem on February 12th, 2007 2:07 pm

      Mommy Lookout…



    29. JusticeforNatalee on February 12th, 2007 2:09 pm
    30. JusticeforNatalee on February 12th, 2007 3:13 pm

      It takes a minute for the contact page to load.

    31. Jay on February 12th, 2007 4:24 pm

      Well I have my own personal kmethod of boycotting Aruba. I have personally never set foot there but tell everyone I have. I work in a Casino and meet so many people from all over daily. I delight in telling everyone i come into contact with about how I had stayed in Aruba and had the worst time of my life. My ‘white’ lies begin with how I was robbed at knifepoint outside the airport while security looked the other way; was ripped off by the local hotels for outrageous surcharges; my ladyfriend was nearly sexually assaulted in broad daylight by four men and when reported to the police nothing was done. These ‘white’ lies are quite damaging and I encourage others to do likewise. ‘White’ lies are nothing compared to the ‘black’ evil lies that creepy little island has spawned.

    32. ayfit on February 12th, 2007 7:21 pm

      Beth, your hard work is showing results.Keep it up!!!Now for you ,J.Q.K. Waiting.

    33. Carpe Noctem on February 12th, 2007 7:37 pm

      Who could say it any better than a United States SOLDIER?

      a repost

      Melbourne, FL

      Reply »
      Flag for Review
      Nov 20, 2006

      It’s quite simple. girl overdosed, either on drugs or got alcohol poisoning. The boys freaked out, asked the father for help. They did not conceal the body there, but more than likely took it on a boat and dumped it a few miles out in the ocean, the current took it from there, simplest way to get rid of a body.

      As for the US, the only reason the story blew up so big was because there was no other news

      in the US at the time, it was a quiet summer, so they spiced it up with “terror in paradise” just showing how stupid americans can be when listening to their “sensationalist” news channels.

      As for boycotting Aruba, only dumbass white trash america would do so, because hey, let’s forget about the hundreds if not thousands that go missing in the US each year, let’s focus on one stupid 18 year old girl who got drunk and left with three strangers while none of her so-called friends kept and eye on her and none of the chaperones of the group did either.

      Blame the island for bad parenting and american ignorance? puh-lease…drop it already.

      She’s gone, i doubt they’ll ever figure out exactly what happened, but i’m pretty sure her mom enjoyed her 4 month vacation in aruba and the CNN news anchors probably did too.

      Let it go, it’s old news, find something new to bitch about.


      United States Soldier
      Vacaville, CA Reply »
      Flag for Review
      Jan 2, 2007

      To the idiot who said he was “God” in Florida. First of all you’re true intelligence showed before you even posted your comments simply by your signature. Let me tell you something from somebody who does think it is news and who has earned the right to say so and from someone who has fought to give you the freedom of your speech, even if you do choose to use it so ignorantly. Any U.S. citizen that goes missing abroad or in the continental U.S. is newsworthy. The fact that the Aruban authorities refuses to help does in fact give anyone in the U.S. a great reason to boycott the country. Your statement,”As for boycotting Aruba, only dumbass white trash america would do so, because…” does nothing but further display your ignorance.(Oh, and by the way dumb a__, America is capitalized.) I’m sure if it was your 18 year old daughter that was missing and presumed dead, you would damn well think it was newsworthy and would want to let every white piece of trash and their brother to help find her. As for your last and most ignorant comment,”She’s gone, i (again, I should be capitalized) doubt they’ll ever figure out exactly what happened, but i’m pretty sure her
      mom enjoyed her 4 month vacation in aruba
      and the CNN news anchors probably did too…”

      only goes to prove two things, that #1 you have not had the misfortune in life to lose someone in life so close to you (parent/child), and #2 that you are so narcissistic you
      think you are better than everyone else. Well let me tell you something, YOU CAN NOT ENJOY ANY TIME WHEN YOU’RE FAMILY IS MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD. I only wish that you could have experienced some of the loss I have had in my life, not only in Iraq where my unit lost plenty of Soldiers who were my friends. Whom I was lucky enough to be honored by knowing them. You need to experience loss before you talk that trash to anyone. As far as my family
      is concerned we will never go to Aruba and if you want to call us White Pieces of Trash go ahead and do it on the internet, but I bet you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to do it to my face, because you are the white piece of trash and I am sure a coward as well.



    34. Carpe Noctem on February 13th, 2007 12:36 am

      OT for a quick sec…




      Q: How does one know when one may be ready for porcelain
      veneers, or other cosmetic dental work?

      A: When someone whips out a gun, as you are snorkeling
      in a river, and they attempt to excute you thinking
      that you are in fact an effing RODENT!

      Seriously, it is a miracle this
      guy is even still with us.


      EUGENE, Oregon (AP) — A snorkeler who was shot in the face after he was apparently mistaken for a swimming rodent was in good condition after surgery, a hospital said Saturday

    35. Richard on February 13th, 2007 5:50 am

      Carpe, thanks for posting that soldier’s comments. At least the people who put their lives on the line know that it’s more than just “another news story.”

      So would all the jeering, sneering, cynics … once it happened to them.

    36. Richard on February 13th, 2007 8:10 am

      Look at this press release, which came out this morning.

      Something odd is going on here; these two non-profit organizations have launched a for-profit group. I called them and found out that the for-profit group will be run jointly by officials of the two non-profit groups … and apparently will be run out of their offices as well.

      I don’t understand the legality of that.

      I am convinced that Aruba is behind this, as a way of finding someone to boost its tourism without doing so using the Aruba name, which has been discredited.

      New Caribbean Advertising Partnership With Furey & Associates Lowers Rates Significantly For Advertisers

      NEW YORK, NY | The Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC) has agreed to a one-year partnership with Furey and Associates, a newspaper and magazine representation firm, which will provide members of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) with considerable savings for advertising in special “Caribbean” branded insert sections in newspapers across North America.
      “We have been trying to find a way to consolidate our efforts and deliver advertising values to destinations and resorts with limited budgets that they could not access themselves,” said Alec Sanguinetti, CEO and director general of CHA. “We have succeeded in doing just that with these Caribbean newspaper sections and the special rates negotiated by Furey and Associates.”
      Furey and Associates will undertake the sales and publishing of a series of attractive, informative, free-standing, all-Caribbean editorial newspaper inserts, which will appear throughout North America in the upcoming year. The inserts are the official publications of the CTDC, the newly-formed marketing arm of the CHA and the CTO, and are being prepared with assistance from Caribbean Travel & Life, the official consumer publication of the Caribbean.
      “In addition to the tremendous savings afforded to all advertisers in these Caribbean inserts, the smaller advertisers also have the added benefit of being prominently placed near the beginning of each section and not relegated to the back of the newspaper a typical practice of other publications,” said Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, secretary general of CTO. “We want our smaller member countries and hotels to feel as if their advertisement has the opportunity to be seen by readers of the section and therefore know that their money was well spent on ads in these sections.”
      The first Caribbean insert appears Thursday, March 29, 2007 in two major newspapers: the Newark Star-Ledger and the Philadelphia Inquirer. The editorial coverage will be wholly dedicated to Caribbean destinations, hotels and resorts, activities and sports, dining and entertainment, and more. Its purpose is to promote the region to the newspapers’ readers persuading them to take a Caribbean vacation. The combined circulation of The Star-Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer is 815,340.
      The advertising commitment closing date for the two sections is Feb. 16, 2007. For immediate information on ads, call Furey and Associates at: 212- 355-7034, e-mail:
      The second Caribbean insert appears in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 26, 2007, with an advertising commitment date of March 16, 2007.
      CTDC was launched as a jointly-owned company by CTO and CHA to develop marketing programs that will further support the promotion of the Caribbean region.
      CTDC evolved out of the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation signed by CHA and CTO in October 2005. The new entity is jointly owned and operated by CTO and CHA, and each organization has a 50% share in the company.
      The CTDC is launching these Caribbean newspaper inserts to meet the goals of the new company, which include:
      Promotion and protection of the Caribbean brand
      Promotion and protection of the interests of the owners
      Creation of synergies which might not otherwise go to the partners
      To generate revenues for the benefit of the Caribbean people


    37. Richard on February 13th, 2007 8:11 am

      This new group is, of course, the one I wrote to in the letter up above.

    38. JusticeforNatalee on February 13th, 2007 12:49 pm

      To contact the travel editor(s) of The Philadephia Inquirer:

    39. JusticeforNatalee on February 13th, 2007 1:36 pm

      Remember to mention or attach
      Australia’s travel warning about Aruba
      in your letters to editors, etc.

      It gets their attention.

    40. JusticeforNatalee on February 13th, 2007 1:49 pm

      An old article but states the obvious: Boycott is working.
      Bank numbers more reliable than PR reports.
      Aruba unable to compensate for loss of US tourists.

      Keep it going, monkeys!

      In addition to travel magazines, we should contact
      magazines about diving.

    41. Big Lou/Kelmal/Gretamal on February 13th, 2007 1:55 pm

      We have to get this story back in the news. It seems to be dying. Where is Greta and Nancy ?

    42. JusticeforNatalee on February 13th, 2007 2:41 pm

      E-mail the editors of Conde Nast Traveler. Easy-to-complete form.
      Give them specific reasons why they should not promote Aruba.

      E-mail Nancy and Greta.
      Implore them to at least mention Natalee’s name.

    43. Big Lou/Kelmal/Gretamal on February 13th, 2007 3:11 pm

      Yes boycott is working but are we getting any answers? NO

    44. Richard on February 13th, 2007 4:23 pm

      Justice for Natalee, I think the Australian warning actually was addressed at the whole of the Caribbean, or at least the “well-known” violent areas like Jamaica.

      In my mind it should apply to the whole area, but….

      Am waiting on tenterhooks for any news out of the scumpit on the appeal of the van der Sloot damages.

      But whatever the result may be, it probably won’t help clarify the main questions that must be answered:

      1. What happened to Natalee?

      2. Where is she, living or dead?

      3. Who was responsible?

      Until we get those answers, let’s keep pushing the boycott.

    45. Carpe Noctem on February 13th, 2007 5:21 pm

      #36 Richard… yes, good eye.

      CTDC’s Main Goals

      1. Promotion and protection of the Caribbean brand
      2. Promotion and protection of the interests of the owners
      3. Creation of synergies which might not otherwise go to the partners.
      4. To generate revenues for the benefit of the Caribbean people

      Read- Try and gen. up some biz that would otherwise not go to the Joran Van der sloot supporting, murdering, raping, scumbags of Aruba.

      Same sleaze balls, different name.

      In short, their voice has changed; but their breath is
      still the same.


    46. Carpe Noctem on February 13th, 2007 5:26 pm

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