Aruba to Put Moratorium on Hotel Building …”the hotel market is collapsing due to too many hotel rooms”


Once again the theory of if you build it they will come is disproved. Also, just because Monopoly_hotelAruba is building hotels presently  does not mean tourism is growing. Just the contrary; all it means is that the new accommodations are cannibalizing the older ones.

It is also important to lay down the reasons for the moratorium.   Is it because of the labour market; no more locations to build more hotels; the population is growing; or because the hotel market is collapsing due to too many hotel rooms?”    

“There is no way the labour market can deliver the number of workers to fill the applications.     Not in the tourist sector, nor in other economic sectors that grow along.”    


Of course there is that other little issue of an missing and unsolved teen from Alabama named Natalee Holloway that is putting a dent into tourism as well.

Amigoe, June 1, 2007: Build of tourist accommodations postponed    

ORANJESTAD — In a letter, the Chamber of Commerce asks the council of ministers to establish a moratorium – temporary stop – on the build of tourist accommodation.   The KvK is concerned about the number of hotel rooms, timeshares units, and apartments that are complete till 2010.   “In stead of the planned 8000 accommodations, 12.000 will already be added.”    

The government has established a moratorium on hotel rooms, but it does not go for rooms that are currently being built based on commitments already made by the government, timeshare units, and apartments.     KvK wanted this moratorium all along.   It is also important to lay down the reasons for the moratorium.   Is it because of the labour market; no more locations to build more hotels; the population is growing; or because the hotel market is collapsing due to too many hotel rooms?”    

The KvK has already raised the problems that can arise as a result of the current commitments to expand the number of tourist accommodations.   “There is no way the labour market can deliver the number of workers to fill the applications.     Not in the tourist sector, nor in other economic sectors that grow along.”    

Another concern of the KvK is the coastal areas, where les and less space are left for the recreation for the local population.   With the commitments to build hotels near Arashi, Hadicurari, Baby Beach , Santana di Cacho and Boca Grandi, only the beach at the beginning o Eagle Beach is left for the local people to use; although there are also apartments being built across the street off that beach.   The environmental Development plan must be introduced as soon as possible.”  


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  • Comments

    38 Responses to “Aruba to Put Moratorium on Hotel Building …”the hotel market is collapsing due to too many hotel rooms””

    1. SPIDERMAN on June 2nd, 2007 11:20 am

      these people in aruba are stupid and evil

      a most dangerous combination


    2. SPIDERMAN on June 2nd, 2007 11:27 am


    3. SPIDERMAN on June 2nd, 2007 11:28 am

      ANITA is a SKANK

    4. SPIDERMAN on June 2nd, 2007 11:29 am

      PAULS is a LOSER

    5. SPIDERMAN on June 2nd, 2007 11:30 am

      ARUBA is sinking like a STONE

    6. 10061906 on June 2nd, 2007 11:31 am

      Gotta go and get some yard work done However:
      My questions for today are:
      Now that Koen and Sanders are on American soil: can the FBI bring them in for questioning? IMO I don’t see why not. Beth why aren’t you pushing for it, or have you?
      Perhaps some of our Southern Boys from Taladaga or Atlanta Speedway can persuade Koen to tell all he knows.
      We know Koen was at Joran’s the night Natalee disappeared. He then drops under the radar and then there is nothing about him in any of the timelines. Why?
      We know that Freddy was also at Joran’s that night. Same thing about Freddy. Why?

    7. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 2nd, 2007 11:49 am

      Viet Vet,

      If you hear from Murph, ask him to post. It’s been a long time since we have heard from him. Is he okay?


    8. Kat_Gram on June 2nd, 2007 12:01 pm

      Aruba is a parasite looking for hosts.

      Economy shrinking = Bad.
      Finding Natalee = Good
      Prosecuting Sloots and Kalpoes = Gooder

    9. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 2nd, 2007 12:10 pm

      1006 1906-read.

      Just my opinion, but I think that Natalee was murdered in Joran’s apartment or the lighthouse restaurant. (I know this seems to be the general consensus, that is the apartment). She was then placed for a short time in a grave or crypt. When they came up with the Security Guard story, Natalee was taken behind the hotel, and left. When the security guard story started falling apart, Natalee’s body was wrapped in plastic, and then taken to the landfill. When they were observed at the landfill by Junior, they either moved Natalee’s body to a different location in the landfill, out to sea, placed her in the coffin of the 100 years old man who was shipped out of the country, took her body to sea, or cremated her body. My best guess is Natalee is still in the landfill, followed by buried at sea, put in the coffin of the old man, and last cremated.

      I can’t fit the rock scene in. I know it’s real. I guess it’s not Natalee.

      1906, give me a time-line here, and test it against my theory. Does everything match?


    10. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 2nd, 2007 12:20 pm

      I know this is bad news, but the landfill simply has to be searched again. If Tim Miller doesn’t find anything, the landfill simply has to be searched. It just has to happen.

      I’m sorry, but that was my best guess from day one. She is there. She is.


    11. rider on June 2nd, 2007 12:26 pm


      if they are saying ‘too many hotel rooms’, I guess
      that also means:


      Gee I wonder why that is ???????????????

    12. joe bear on June 2nd, 2007 12:27 pm

      SUPPLY AND DEMAND,simple

    13. Robert on June 2nd, 2007 12:29 pm

      Just on a dutch newssite:

      “Aruba breaks ties with Netherlands.

      The Aruban Justice Minister Rudy Croes breaks all ties with The Netherlands and in the future doesn’t want to cooperate any longer. To begin with the country will not participate in the coming tri-party-counsel between justice ministers of The Netherlands, The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

      Rudy Croes said this in Colombia where he stays at this moment. He forbids all contacts between workers of the Justice Departement en The Netherlands. Croes is angry with The Netherlands. For two years already The Netherlands talk with the Netherlands Antilles about a new political organisation of the Kingdom.”

      Guess Rudy rather wants to do business with Colombia. (…)

    14. Scared Monkeys on June 2nd, 2007 12:39 pm

      So many people came on this site using the theory that because Hotels were building on Aruba that it meant their economy was good and getting better.

      Of course I am not sure what economics course they eve took.

      Aruba can only sustain so many tourists. Even before Natalee went missing, it was fool-hearty to think that Aruban tourism would grow 8-10% every year. There is a point where there is a saturation point.

      The new hotels going in are only taking away guests from other existing hotels, not filling rooms because of growth. What happens? The older hotels go out of business.

      This isn’t rocket science folks. Its like wearing a pair of pants and putting the same money in different pockets. Just because you add a pocket does not mean the money grows. All it means is there is less money in each pocket.

    15. Waterboy (Jerry) on June 2nd, 2007 12:43 pm

      There are other possibilities, but the landfill has to be scraped back to 3 or 4 feet below May 30, 05. The entire landfill.


    16. JusticeforNatalee on June 2nd, 2007 1:00 pm



    17. Janet on June 2nd, 2007 1:08 pm

      13. Aruba Breaks Ties With the Netherlands … Robert

      The dictator of Aruba has show his true colors … the people of Aruba were not allowed a voice through the democratic process.

    18. Janet on June 2nd, 2007 1:23 pm

      13. Rudy Croes said this in Colombia where he stays at this moment. HE FORBIDS ALL CONTACTS BETWEEN WORKERS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARMENT AND THE NETHERLANDS … Robert

      Could the issues encompassing the Natalee Holloway investigation have been the catalyst which revealed Rudy Croes for who he really was … a dictator dressed in socialist clothes. Arubans … you have been deceived … the Dutch elite will abandon ship and sail for the Netherlands and …

    19. Robert on June 2nd, 2007 2:03 pm

      # Janet | June 2, 2007, 1:08 pm & June 2, 2007, 1:23 pm

      I don’t think dear ol’ Rudy has the last word in this… So Aruba probebly will stay part of the Kingdom the coming months, years, decades……….

    20. Miss-Underestimated on June 2nd, 2007 2:05 pm

      Aruba was just looking to get the money from the construction workers, they gotta eat. Now that the hotels are built and the workers gone, they have too many hotels. LOL, I can’t think of a more deserving wasteland for it to happen to.

      1906 good question about Koen and Sanders, but were they considered suspects or just in for questioning?

    21. Miss-Underestimated on June 2nd, 2007 2:07 pm

      Rudy is getting the welcome mat ready for Hugo

    22. Brie on June 2nd, 2007 2:08 pm

      Aruba’s in the crapper!!!

      The landfill is a sore subject. While Dave was digging in the landfill, they continued to dump even more and more garbage on top of what he was trying to do.

      Aruba maybe left with an oil refinery and some people to help maintain it. But that’s about all.

    23. buckeye on June 2nd, 2007 2:16 pm

      DeVries is having a Natalee show Sunday at 8:30.
      We think it’s only a rerun but could you check and see if there’s anything new??

    24. Robert on June 2nd, 2007 2:25 pm

      buckeye | June 2, 2007, 2:16 pm

      Yep. Had that in mind. I’ll record it and if necessary post the transcript/translation.

    25. buckeye on June 2nd, 2007 2:50 pm

      You’re the best!! Did you see/read the Panorama piece??
      If not, scroll down to a scanned copy.

    26. Jennifer on June 2nd, 2007 3:08 pm

      I don’t think anything happens in a vacuum.

      Has it occured to anyone that, yes, perhaps the boycott is doing its share… but that other factors are playing a role too?

      The main source of income for the island is tourism, yes. And, the biggest chunk of tourists come from the US. But, could it also have something to do with the US economy being in a decline? Look at the housing market. Look at the surge in foreclosures. Personal debt soaring. Or, spending money on a war (wars?) that are draining the resources?

      Just wondering.

    27. Robert on June 2nd, 2007 3:15 pm

      # buckeye | June 2, 2007, 2:50 pm

      Thanks. You’re welcome!
      Yes I read the Panorama article (both in Dutch which gave me a headache for the small letters of the scan, and the translation which was better than I could have done).

    28. wreck on June 2nd, 2007 4:52 pm

      # 26, Jennifer
      That MIGHT be factor except that Bonaire and the rest of the Carribean are all showing TREMENDOUS growth!

    29. 10061906 on June 2nd, 2007 4:59 pm

      Well Jennifer; if what you say is the case. I guess we just have to be a little more frugal with our spending habits. I have said before we spend way too much on foreign aid. The US should put more money into home projects; especially New Orleans. We should also forget the whole Caribbean. That way no one feels cheated.

    30. 10061906 on June 2nd, 2007 5:06 pm

      This is not good. Let’s see how it is handled.
      Our prayers are with The Moore Family.

    31. Miss-Underestimated on June 2nd, 2007 5:55 pm

      Jennifer you need to read this reading the DECLINE

    32. Miss-Underestimated on June 2nd, 2007 5:59 pm


      Let’s hope the FBI is involved.

      So Sorry for the Moore Family

    33. 10061906 on June 2nd, 2007 7:09 pm

      #9 Jerry: I do not believe it happened in Joran’s Apartment. That was the first area searched. Unless of course Dirty Hand Dennis Jacobs made sure there was no incriminating evidence.
      Later on Anita is wailing about another search and the whole house was turned upside down except the younger son’s bedroom.
      Which leads me to Paulus statement that I reposted from SM:

      He states his younger sons were home. Earlier statements made said they were in the Netherlands with their mother. Which is correct. Did Anita even go to the Netherlands. Or was she home all this time and was a major player?

      If the younger brothers were home then why would Joran leave Koen and Freddy to babysit.

    34. JusticeforNatalee on June 2nd, 2007 7:10 pm


      Most families I know aren’t giving up their yearly vacations.

      Many Americans, by choice and out of principle,
      just refuse to travel to Aruba.

    35. on June 2nd, 2007 7:55 pm

      Yeah, we knew that there were too many hotel rooms in Aruba. Well actually, one hotel room is too many in Aruba. When will they realize that their real problem is TOO FEW TOURISTS!

    36. Richard on June 2nd, 2007 10:18 pm

      Supply and demand are linked like the two blades of a pair of scissors.

      Aruba is talking about supply … its real fear is demand.

      Not enough of it.

      Let’s resolve to erode it further.

      No justice for Natalee … no tourists for Aruba.

    37. postahchild on June 3rd, 2007 8:06 pm

      Re #6: If you look at the index of documents from the Kalpoes’ lawsuit against Phil McGraw, et. al, you will see that Koen Gottenbos was interviewed several times and gave multiple statements. One of them was 9 pages long.

      No, the FBI does not have the authority to bring people in and question them unless they are doing so at the behest of the Aruban authorities. There is no U.S. jurisdiction of a crime that occurs in another country except in VERY limited circumstances (terrorism, a crime committed at a U.S. embassy or military base which is considered American territory, etc.).

      What evidence is there that Koen Gottenbos was at “Joran’s” the night Natalee went missing? I have been following the case from the beginning, and this is the first I’ve ever heard of that. Got a source?

    38. 10061906 on June 4th, 2007 12:30 pm

      dear postahchild:
      For someone who has being following this case from the begining; I’m surprised you never heard that about Koen. Go back to Michellesaysso.
      When his name first came up it was on her site.
      Don’t you think it strange that Koen who was not a suspect, gave a nine page statement that was never made known like others were? The police wanted him to give another statement and his father said no to the police. Oh, okay Mr. Gottenbos, we won’t bother your older son again. Sanders gives a one pager that is meaningless. Then the family moves to somewhere around Atlanta, Georgia.
      It is amazing that Geoffrey von Croimvoirt is arrested for suspicion of kidnapping, heavy battery etc., and no statement is made public. He denies knowing Natalee through his attorney, yet slapped Natalee on May 27th at C and C’s.
      Our li’l buddy Geoff gets around. I have another twenty pix that I’m looking up the urls for.

      Talk about links disappearing…..

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