Aruba Tourism Gets a Failing Grade from National Geographic


 Aruba get failing grade from “controversial” travel magazine by National Geographic. (That would be sarcasm.) And they wonder why in Aruba that the added “black eye” of how they handled the Natalee Holloway case only added to their less than stellar travel image? National Geographic is hardly a group with a vendetta. Of course Aruba tourism officials will accuse them of something. The National Geographic will be to blame, isn’t that the MO?

Score: 54

“Social/cultural integrity is questionable.”

• “Inappropriate coastal development and misuse of the scarce water resources are the largest challenges to sustainability.”

Traveler compliments Curacao and Bonaire, (But not Aruba) Amigoe

The Traveler of National Geographic is very charmed with Curacao’s historic legacy.  In the picture Countryhouse Jan Kok.

WILLEMSTAD/ORANJESTAD – Although the tourism is growing in Aruba, the rumours about this island are not everywhere positive.  Based on 522 consulted experts, the illustrious travel magazine Traveler of National Geographic published the list of the best and worse island destinations.

Aruba ended up worse than three years ago: with a score of 48 versus 54 points in 2004, Aruba is in the category ‘in serious trouble’.  Traveler writes in a comment that the ‘massive high-rise hotels at the west coast of the island, have led to serious traffic jams’.  The magazine considers the hotels’ big dependency on foreign workers and the influence of the cruise ships on Oranjestad, a minus.  Because of this, Oranjestad has changed into a harbourless town center.  The magazine does not care for cruise ships anyway.  

Curacao and Bonaire are doing better, says Traveler.  The magazine considers especially the latest developments in Curacao and the restoration of the historic legacy, as very positive.  Curacao receives a score of 57 points, but the island is placed in the ‘moderate trouble’ category, which is a mix of negative and positive judgments, and must watch for the high criminality figures.  The magazine also warns for the shortcomings of the drinking water- and other utility provisions and ‘the presence of the refinery that pollutes the environment close to the tourist industry’.  All together, the island is ‘attractive for different kinds of tourism’.

Bonaire gets 68 points, and is in the ‘minor difficulties’ category, but the question is, for how long.  Traveler mentioned that the risk of overdevelopment is growing with the increasing build of real estate and the wish of the government to heavily increase the tourism. 

About Aruba, the magazine mentions that the concentrated build of the high-rise hotels is indeed a good way to increase the number of bodies on the beach, with minimum consequences for the remaining space on the island.  The Traveler is also positive about the way visitors are received and the National Park Arikok, but the island does not offer a diverse tourist product.  “All the island has is sun-, sand-, beach-, and casino experience.  The tourists do not receive any of the ecologic- and/or historic side of this destination.”

On the top of the list are the Faroer Islands near Denmark and at the very bottom is St. Thomas, one of the American Virgin Islands, and second last is Ibiza near Spain.  The hardly developed Dominica is considered the best Caribbean destination. St. Maarten together with the French side St. Martin is in the ‘serious danger zone’ with 47 points, lower than Aruba. 

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  • Comments

    12 Responses to “Aruba Tourism Gets a Failing Grade from National Geographic”

    1. Vicki on November 19th, 2007 10:21 am

      why would anyone want to go to that EVIL volcanic ashe hellhole???? we see ow they treated Beth and Dave…..what sick, sick ppl to do that…Urine wouldnt know normal if it jumped up and bit his face…him and his freakin abnormal family….from his wacko mother, nut job father…just real pigs..NEXT SHOW LAS VEGAS DEC 4-6th…BE A VOICE FOR JUSTICE…

    2. Miss-Underestimated on November 19th, 2007 10:48 am

      Wow, like a slow painful death. Give em enough rope and they hand themselves. Maybe Aruba you can turn the proverbial tide. Give Natalee Holloway back to her family and prosecute the perps and your lousy corrupt LE and judges.

      Aruba this is all your own doing. People have called you on this, and you’ve done nothing to bring the Natalee Holloway case to justice.

    3. JusticeforNatalee on November 19th, 2007 12:27 pm

      It’s just sun/sand/casino.

      There’s no “there” there, per the article.

      Aruba comes across as unclassy and limited.

      Other Caribbean islands are becoming more popular.

    4. Carpe Noctem on November 19th, 2007 3:18 pm

      Hey Anita,

      Great news! Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming

      back to town! You’ve got a job.

      You can be the Bearded Lady again!

      wowie wow wowwwww

      I was looking over that pic again of

      her in the brown overalls with the orange

      fright wig! I couldn’t help but thinking to

      myself that if she grew just a few more inches…

      she would be perfectly round.


      Give my love to your son, Edward Munster.

      (spit sound effects go here. tooooooey!)


    5. Carpe Noctem on November 19th, 2007 3:56 pm
    6. Miss-Underestimated on November 19th, 2007 4:09 pm


      I have no recollection of Anita in brown overalls. I do recall seeing or should I say, see-thru brown shirt.

      What was that all about anyway? Was she saying to the other less endowed woman on the island….

      “Here loook, theese is vhat Paulus haas ot hume, soo yen skenny flaat vomen, baack off mine maannn.”

      I don’t know…Did she ever find her camera?

    7. Miss-Underestimated on November 19th, 2007 4:13 pm


      Thanks for the reminder.
      Broomhilda or Egore, from the hunchback of Notre Dame….

      I see where Jr. get his looks.

    8. Miss-Underestimated on November 19th, 2007 5:04 pm

      Mr. Whipple is no longer with us.

    9. Maggie on November 19th, 2007 5:15 pm

      I hope the National Geographic don’t forget about the snakes too. The 2 legged ones in the govt. as well.

      Me and some friends are talking about going on a cruise to the caribbean and we all decided we won’t go on any that has Aruba as a destination. They have no respect for Americans, they only want the money.

    10. Carpe Noctem on November 19th, 2007 5:48 pm

      Seeing Anita Mo-Tootie-Sloot in that get up

      reminds me of the HEE-HAW tv show



      All she needs is a friggin’

      pitch fork & a straw hat!

      She could stand right between

      Grandpa Jones & Minnie Pearl.


    11. Richard on November 19th, 2007 7:11 pm

      And let’s not forget … Dan, of Texas, supplied info for the Boston protest showing that Aruba is actually one of the most expensive Caribbean destinations out there.

      Paying high prices for little or nothing … except drug pushers, corrupt law officials, and high crime statistics.

      Do yourself a favor … boycott Aruba!

    12. Nut44x4 on December 6th, 2007 11:05 pm

      “is indeed a good way to increase the number of BODIES on the beach”

      Now isn’t that the truth!

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