When you can’t count on American tourism where does Aruba turn to … China. The Aruba Travel Authority has found the one country that they believe has not heard of Natalee Holloway. Watch this move change the face of Aruban tourism forever. It is truly an amazing tourism philosophy they seem to have in Aruba. Don’t fix the obvious that will cure the ills of their tourism issues, but instead market to a mass number of people like China and hope they don’t care or don’t know.
Aruba cherishes those “nouveau riche” that are fond of traveling, and of course ignoring those human rights issues in China. After all, what’s more important, tourism or human rights?
The young nouveau riche of China is very fond of traveling and the market is very large. The delegation will also talk to tour operators and travel agents.
Aruba, the Chinese are also found of their safety on vacation and making it back to Beijing alive.
Amigoe; June 13, 2007: Trade mission to attract Chinese tourists
ORANJESTAD – The most important objectives of an Aruban trade delegation that went to Beijing this week is the attraction of tourists and the establishment of an international commercial center with high-quality Chinese products, here in Aruba .
Prime Minister Nelson Oduber, Minister Nilo Swaen of Economic Affairs and Finance, and Agustin Vrolijk, director of Foreign Relations Administration are part of the delegation. Other members of the delegation are: Myrna Jansen, director of Aruba Tourism Authority, Peter Steinmetz of Aruba Airport Authority, Alfonso Boekhoudt of Aruba Ports Authority, Greg Peterson of Free Zone Aruba, Frendsel Giel of Aruba Investment Bank, Rien Schoon of Aruba Stevedoring Company, Gideon Blaauw of Ernst & Young and businessman RenÃ© Kan.
The delegation stays in Beijing for one week. They will talk to the Chinese aviation authorities. The young nouveau riche of China is very fond of traveling and the market is very large. The delegation will also talk to tour operators and travel agents.
Vrolijk says that China is interested in establishing a commercial center in Aruba for the region and for South-America. Up till now, Dubai is the only country that has such commercial center. Aruba would love to welcome such commercial center especially in the Free Zone. Aruba is thinking of high-quality high-tech products.
The delegation will talk with harbour authorities in Shanghai about ocean transportation. The programme is put together by the Chinese trade delegation that was in Aruba for orientation conversations a few months ago.
The delegation will also visit an elementary school. A large number of elementary schools are going to represent the participating countries in the Olympic Games in Beijing . To participate, the schools need to have sufficient information about the countries in question. The delegation returns to Aruba via Amsterdam on Sunday, June 24th. The group will arrive in Aruba on Tuesday morning.