Economic Slow Down Spells Tourism Worries for Caribbean (Aruba, Puerto Rico …)


The first things to go when there is an economic slow down are the luxuries. Tourisn safetyOne such luxury to Americans are vacations abroad. Thus with the soaring fuel costs and a worrisome US economy, the Caribbean tourism waits in the balance to see the effects of high ticket prices and reduced airline flight. The result will be a decline in tourism to the Caribbean. The second thing to remember is discounted hotel rates to meet hotel occupancy standards mean that occupancy rates are no longer comparable from year to year.

Expensive jet fuel and a soft American economy are threatening to sink Caribbean tourism as airline ticket prices soar and flights are sharply reduced, choking the flow of the vacationers that many tiny islands depend upon.

Tourism is the economic cornerstone of the Caribbean, which drew more than 15 million visitors last year to colonial cities and carefree beaches.

”Billions of dollars of investment are being exposed and thousands of jobs are being exposed,” said Allen Chastanet, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

American now expects to cut daily flights out of Puerto Rico’s capital from 93 to 51 in September. Some flights will be cut to Santo Domingo, Antigua, St. Maarten, Aruba and Samana in the Dominican Republic, spokeswoman Minnette Velez said.

Fewer flights to Puerto Rico also could jeopardize the island’s cruise ship industry, since it would be harder for passengers to reach the island to board.

Flight cuts may hurt Caribbean tourism

The Caribbean is particularly vulnerable because one floundering airline, American, controls much of the market – carrying more than 60 percent of passengers traveling through Puerto Rico last year.

American now expects to cut daily flights out of Puerto Rico’s capital from 93 to 51 in September.

Aruba, Jamaica, Mexico Named Top Summer Budget Travel Destinations

Aruba never used to be considered a “budget travel” destination. Remember that change of travel type when the ATA and AHATA report tourism numbers and discuss hotel occupancy increases. Not all occupancy increases are created equal. Especially when the rooms are being so discounted in order to fill them.

Flight cuts may hurt Caribbean tourism

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  • Comments

    59 Responses to “Economic Slow Down Spells Tourism Worries for Caribbean (Aruba, Puerto Rico …)”

    1. MissKatie on June 22nd, 2008 1:12 pm

      stay out of aruba …it’s evil and corrupt…
      aruba has long covered for pauulus and joran vandersloot….
      now that there are cuts to the flights to aruba.. they will began to feel the crunch
      did I not say a few times that god works in mysterious ways?
      his wonders to behold….

    2. MissKatie on June 22nd, 2008 1:25 pm

      the truth is:
      you would probably be safer in afghanistan…
      stay out of aruba

    3. MissKatie on June 22nd, 2008 1:27 pm

      this gas madness is not going to end any time soon
      so you know what that means
      it means more flights will be cancelled and that my friends would put aruba in total poverty!!!

    4. Carpe on June 22nd, 2008 1:29 pm




      Keep lighting up like a Christmas tree, folks.

      Relentless is our middle name.

      We do it for our sweetie puss,

      she was da best one!


    5. Cerril on June 22nd, 2008 1:45 pm

      Have a nice trip to Afghanistan MissKatie.

    6. Carpe on June 22nd, 2008 2:58 pm

      Hey Aruba,

      Ain’t nobody want any of that!

      (webcams) 6.22.2008

      You’ve been JORAN-IZED for other people’s protection.

      Before this is all overwith… even yerrr momma
      won’t take your calls. She’ll say I don’t think
      I want the MOTHER relationship with you anymore,
      but could we still be “FRIENDS?”

      I need my space.

    7. brie. on June 22nd, 2008 3:12 pm

      Aruba….they think it is the land of the lust….it’s drugs, rape, murder, corruption, cover-up, theft, prostitution, disease and poke your eye out dancing feathers….maybe if your lucky Freddy will take your picture….and you could be a guest at the pimp club….

    8. MissKatie on June 22nd, 2008 3:51 pm

      with all those feathers they can invent a new dance
      call it the funky chicken!!
      maybe the people of aruba will get tired of all the garbage on their island and do a war dance
      get those idiots out of office…
      pluck em out one by one… get the main funky feather out first and go from there.

    9. MissKatie on June 22nd, 2008 3:52 pm

      keep plucking until they defeather all of em

    10. MissKatie on June 22nd, 2008 3:52 pm

      quack quack quack!!!

    11. MissKatie on June 22nd, 2008 3:54 pm

      why would I want to go to afghanistan I am totaly not from aruba
      I am from the good ol usa

      where justice prevails

    12. MissKatie on June 22nd, 2008 4:34 pm

      ok anyone
      I have a question..
      since I dont go to the forum much…
      why are certain topics locked..
      what causes them to be locked…
      end of subject there or private or what????

    13. Susan on June 22nd, 2008 6:20 pm

      This is really wild. I’ve been running around all day trying to get ready for the trip tomorrow to Baltimore. When I got home I had a message from one of the ladies I’ll be in training with for a couple of days. When I returned her call, she wanted to know if I wanted to go to Washington, DC. Of course I said YES, so it’s “Ms. Susan goes to Washington” :-)




    14. richard on June 22nd, 2008 8:40 pm

      Give ‘em hell, Susan! Vicki’s there now, fighting for justice, fighting for Natalee, and thereby fighting for all Americans.

      I look forward to hearing your report.

    15. K2 brothers are hidious PIGS on June 22nd, 2008 8:50 pm

      Hello, My name is MISTER ARUBA.

      Here in EVIL aruba all we want is your money. We dont care if you come here on vacation and are MURDERED. we just dont care. Our motto is take your chances on this island of hell – we just dont care. One thing we like to do is blame victims and trash parents. Another thing we like to do is obtain VIDEO TAPED CONFESSIONS and then do nothing about it.

      and now our own little chickens are coming home to Roost..

      we have EVIL parents like the vanderscums that know their punk kid is a DRUG ADDICT – GAMBLING -LYING – CHEATING – RAPING MURDERER and we dont care..

      REMEMBER the MOTTO in ARUBA is

      *********WE DONT CARE********** all we want is your money and witht he gasoline crisis we are not going to be getting your money and it really ticks me off.

      what is a person in ARUBA do ???


      that is our motto

    16. tiny on June 22nd, 2008 9:06 pm

      I dont think Aruba will even be there.Way to waste your time and money.Maybe if you clowns did something productive with your life you would get more accomplished

    17. K2 brothers are hidious PIGS on June 22nd, 2008 9:14 pm

      hmmmmmm….. the odds have been calculated and the results are in.

      the chances that Natalee was at a casino table
      that joran and paulus were both sitting at and then left with joran and that joran and paulus had nothing to do with her MURDER are about 1000000 ZILLION to one

      ohhhhhhhh paulus YOU were on the tape

      you know and we all know it…

      ALE knows it – why the cover up on that one ??



    18. brie. on June 22nd, 2008 10:37 pm

      I would think it would be embarrassing for anyone to approach the Aruban booth after seeing the protesters and hearing Natalee’s story….so I guess they stand there looking like a bunch of idiots…

      Hey Briesen, wanna talk about your latest rapes in Aruba….where you blame the victim

      Good Luck to everyone going to DC, I’m sure you will be successful….will anxiously be awaiting the report…

    19. brie. on June 22nd, 2008 11:03 pm

      Rape in Aruba is a tourist attraction for some of the islanders….and the police support them because they don’t want the crimes reported….guess that is a full time job…..

      Best they can do or I should say want to do is tell Joran he is not welcome on the island….big deal….that doesn’t serve justice for Natalee…they are just protecting their tourism dollars….

      I hope enough money can be raised for the Persistence to return to Aruba….

    20. May on June 22nd, 2008 11:11 pm

      “You get what you put in, and people get what they deserve”…Kid Rock
      I don’t think anyone could say it any better!!!

    21. Carpe on June 23rd, 2008 1:09 am

      #16 Tiny

      I find kicking Aruba in the nutz until

      they start singing SUWANEE RIVER like Kermit

      the Frog, very productive and gosh dang it…

      at times even FUN!

      We want our Natalee’s truth & justice. (period)

      It is non-negotiable. Aruba will continue to

      get it like clockwork, until that happens.

      …and if u can’t stand the heat, maybe you’re

      a dining room person, Erving? -j4n

    22. A on June 23rd, 2008 2:50 am

      And Timbaland still marries in Aruba..
      Congrats to the newlyweds!

    23. Mr.G on June 23rd, 2008 3:12 am

      The USA, excluding the government, we the people will never back down, ever, for the right to truth and justice!!!!!!!!!!!!

    24. Mr.G on June 23rd, 2008 3:31 am

      Paulus is the mastermind, I have said this time and time again, Joran was to young and stupid to manipulate this, his daddy took care of buisness for him as he has in the past. Joran can sleep at night because Daddy took care of business, not him. Follow my lead son, do what I tell ya….. The K2′s were involved but to what extent, is questionable. They are just as guilty, they went with what Paulus told them, they were to stupid to realize they were running interference. Paulus knew this. The K2′s were bought off or threatened with their lives, nothing else. Get to the root, it was Paulus protecting his son, thats it in a nut shell………

    25. Ray on June 23rd, 2008 3:43 am

      Like I said before, RAPE IS A NATIONAL SPORT in Aruba.

    26. Mr.G on June 23rd, 2008 3:56 am

      Rocket science here, Joran and his friends have done this before, and so scored with young american woman,no problems we know of till Natalee. Not sure of how to handle the situation, who do you call? I think, Joran was supposed to come home with nat, a mutual agreement and fun to of been had with dad, whether it be pics or participant, it was planned. I also believe it was set up for them to take Nat back to the entrance of the Holiday inn and dump her so she would be found. Thus catching her flight home and another notch in the belt but something went so wrong. Could be the reason for conflicting stories at the time, who knows,, I think the conflicting stories is because no one was expecting Natalee to convulse and was alergic to something.

    27. Ray on June 23rd, 2008 4:00 am

      I think we need to have a ARUBAN FLAG BURNING. I will supply the flags. Burn some flags and send them some pictures of it.


    28. Mr.G on June 23rd, 2008 4:08 am

      ok, what I think we need is a rally of some sort, national for Natalee. Lets collect the funds needed for the persistence to go back to Aruban Waters and Bring our girl home. There is nothing worse than starting something, and not being able to finish………….

    29. Mr.G on June 23rd, 2008 4:10 am

      I cannot get on here much at a given time like most, so, I post when I can, but the heart is here………

    30. Ray on June 23rd, 2008 4:20 am

      When the economy of the USA get a COLD the the economy of ARUBA gets PNEUMONIA. Aruba you will get no sympathy from me.


    31. Ray on June 23rd, 2008 4:40 am

      #16 tiny
      Is ( tiny ) the size of your brain. If you think we are going to pretend the HOLLOWAY case never happened,think again.


    32. richard on June 23rd, 2008 7:00 am

      My response to Tiny (whose name suggests the dimensions of his cranium and the contents thereof) is to suggest an anatomical impossibility.

    33. MissKatie on June 23rd, 2008 9:53 am

      I have no empathy for aruba..
      it deserves everything that it gets”’

      pauulus is at the root of evil…
      looking at his pictures.. you see it in his eyes…
      his son would bend over backwards to be like daddy.. but only thing is he doesnt know how to do anything right… I dont know what coverup they have planned for his future.. he has no life to speak of.. he isnt educated…
      so I spose he will live his life sponging off of daddy the molester of young women…
      pauulus was at the casino that night for a reason … to set the scenario up…

      evil lurks on that evil god forsaken island of vooodooo

      boycottttt boycotttt boycottt

    34. richard on June 23rd, 2008 1:52 pm

      Bulletin from Vicki … Aruba never showed up in DC! It HAD signed up for the event … but wasn’t there under its own name.

      Hmm … anyone care to speculate as to why?

      Great job, Vicki!

      Hey, Aruba … maybe you think that you can hide behind the Caribbean Tourism Organization, but you can’t. Scum are scum … if they want to take on the burden of representing you, then they should be aware that you are the millstone around their neck.

    35. K2 brothers are hidious PIGS on June 23rd, 2008 2:10 pm


      hehehehehehheheh—- sounds about right

    36. Me on June 23rd, 2008 2:36 pm

      Have any of you been to Aruba?
      Or are you just talking about what you have
      SM: Many who post here have been to Aruba several times. Red, the owner of this blog, actually lived and worked in Aruba many years ago. (klaasend)

    37. Carpe on June 23rd, 2008 4:10 pm

      Thinking like an Aruban is very hard, isn’t it?

      Frequently, you find that your ears start to pop

      from all that pressure of having your head stuck

      right up your azz. Gum chewing always works!


      Justice 4 Natalee!

    38. Carpe on June 23rd, 2008 4:24 pm

      Timbaland’s reception party went over big!

    39. A New Girl on June 23rd, 2008 11:16 pm

      #36 Re: Have any of us “Monkeys” ever been to Aruba?

      Yes, I honeymooned on the island in 2004====before Natalee was abucted, raped and then murdered. While I did appreciate the beauty of the island and the hospitality- I will NEVER return until there is:


      Joran Van Der Sloot, Evil Papa Sloot, Ignorant Dumb-Ass Anita Worst-Mother-in-the-World VDS, RAPIST Kalpoe Brothers and the entire entourage of corrupt, sub-humans on that hell hole that contributed to the scandal and cover-up …..HERE IS WHAT THEY REPRESENT:

      Dispicable, disgusting EVIL, TOXIC human beings!!! Each and every one of them. Listen carefully, #36. We “Monkeys” hold absolutely nothing against the locals and citizens of Aruba who want only what we seek- respect and VALIDATION that SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG there!!

      A young American girl is dead- wiped off the face of this planet without any regard for her precious life or future. Beth and Dave Holloway…treated disrespectfully and as if THEY did something wrong???

      Until SOMEONE or a GROUP OF PEOPLE on that Island SPEAK UP, COME FORWARD with the whole truth- we will continue to:

      BOYCOTT ARUBA TILL IT SINKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      There are many (repeat many, as in more than one as in SEVERAL) individuals WHO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED, HOW THE ENTIRE CRIME WENT DOWN—and also are privy to each step along the way in covering up the crime and PROTECTING THE GUILTY.


      Joran is a loser, what a joke and he flaunts his freedom and adds insult to serious energy.

      YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Many of us have traveled there and WE WILL NOT GO BACK.

      Now put that in your pipe and smoke it ! We know of what we speak………….ARUBA IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE until the righteous come foward with the truth. Justice will only be served when all guilty parties are held accountable for their DIRECT involvement in the crime.


      Bite my ass, #36- that was the stupidest question ever asked on here…DUH? Have we ever been there. How about…………..(repeating) YES WE HAVE AND WE WON’T GO BACK ( Unless it is to look for our Natalee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

      WE STAND BY THE GIRL AND HER FAMILY, so take your dumbass questions elsewhere.

      Thank you

    40. A New Girl on June 23rd, 2008 11:22 pm

      Joran is a loser, what a joke and he flaunts his freedom and adds insult to serious energy.


      That was supposed to be: ADDS INSULT TO SERIOUS INJURY.

      P.S. Joran is a walking dead man, anyway. Some one is going to put a nice bullet through his head one day, and no one I know will be very sorry about that. His days on this planet are LIMITED, at best.

      Hope the SPORTER and his dysfunctional family have a nice shitty life. They deserve real hell and I hope they each suffer beyond belief! Forgive me, not a nice thing to say- but how many feel. JORAN WILL BE BETTER OFF WHEN HE IS AT PEACE WITH HIS MAKER. Only one problem though….don’t even know if God himself will be able to forgive this DEMON. He is Lucifer’s son, for sure.


    41. Ray on June 24th, 2008 1:09 am

      Aruba is behind on its coastguard payments for 1999-2002. If I remember correctly that date matches the date of our last recession.
      They also have not paid for year of 2007. I wonder why they are late for last year. Could it be that tourism is off.


    42. Carpe on June 24th, 2008 6:52 am

      Found this

      this morning, submitted in the cage

      by our good Dutch friend Johan555.


      Source: de Volksrant



      “It’s the gangster in me that I’ve met back ‘
      By Menno van Dongen and Maud Effting
      published on June 24, 2008 08:31, updated on June 24, 2008 09:38

      Patrick van der Eem (35) led Joran van der Sloot for hidden cameras statements about his role in the case of Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005. After the TV broadcast of Peter R. de Vries in February he says in the book Wednesday Discards his story.

      Saturday you all five rounds with Joran van der Sloot under the coke?
      “One hundred percent. Did not you show me to my nose? ”

      How much you spent per day?
      ‘Two, three grams. Man, I was seven months under the cocaine. ”

      Why did you do that then?
      “Joran felt something. I myself had imposed and I felt that he thought, ho, breeding, where did this guy come from? Is it not a policeman? And when I started to sniffing for his nose. Every day. Thus, the doubts about him.

      ‘Cocaine makes you emotieloos. That I needed, otherwise I had a little boy who calls. At the end I slept two or three hours per night. But listen: I can hang up a beautiful story, but nobody has said that I had. I’m an addict. You manipulates yourself. I wanted sniffing, man. I spent a year not more, but I was looking for an excuse. ”

      Used Joran also coke?
      “Joran did gesnoven agree with me. Not in the car. And even for the journeys. In the beginning I also once smoked crack on his nose. Joran then lifting, but it’s nothing for him. He became panicky. Crack is also my weakness. I can sniffing so much I want, but do I get a crack devil. Paranoid. With a gun behind the door. ”

      Saturday you with a gun on Joran flat?
      “Yes, that I had often with me, do you? It is purely to show who you are. And to avoid problems in the environment. ”

      Did ABC, the American broadcaster who bought the broadcast, that you used cocaine in the car?
      “I do not know for sure. Peter R. de Vries has images from the raw material cut and against ABC said: this is all. In order to protect me – even though I had not asked. ”

      Why was never said that you used?
      ‘Because it did not matter. It is about what Joran told. I have all the questions that Peter gave me,. On my way. ”

      De Vries writes in the foreword that you have a good job, but he calls you hufterig and unacceptable by the coke. You tried him and regarded him as commander you bitch. ” It was wait and see who they found: Good or Bad Patrick Patrick. De Vries has a couple of times at the point before stopping.
      “What Peter writes, is correct. It is the gangster in me that I’ve met back. Joran was looking for someone so. He was very excited. I had the gangster away when I stepped from the drug trade. I was previously mandatory. A manipulator. This can not in one go off. And it’s still there. If someone aankijkt me, I think what you’re breeding must boy? ”

      Were you the biggest drug dealer of Arnhem?
      ‘If you’re 300, 400 grams of heroin per day sells, you’re a pretty long way. On my 18th I had several homes in Arnhem where dealers sold to me. I had made money and tackle everything. With whores, everything. I paid for everyone. If we had a feast, we took just 50 grams of coke and that we snov. We had evenings where we 15 thousand guilders in a single format. Clothes? That I once wore. Then I threw them away.

      “If I Joran at that time had met, and I had not believed him, then I had him taken to the forest. Then I have to ensure that everything he told me, haha. And if Natalee had been my child, I had him driven through his head shot. ”

      To show off a little Joran told you about the first corpse that you saw. Zag you that much?
      “I’ve seen similar, but not from people I’ve dealt with something. I have seen a man that the finger was cut off. Tsjak. But I will never name names. I can keep secrets. I think that I am not yet in this book eenvijftigste of my past have told. Later perhaps. But I’ve still things that need to be extinguished. ”

      What about now with your scar?
      “I still got money from a boy. Because he is not paid, I sold him badly cut heroin, and when he came back angry. Because I trusted him, I set up my honkbalknuppel down. Then he grabbed a knife and cut me.

      “I’ve never done declaration. I thought, but you wait. One day I gave him aangereden. He wanted to cross and I thought, okay, bam. I rode hard. He flew as the car around. I grabbed a bat and wanted to kill him. But a friend gave me. I’ve never seen that boy. ”

      You come from a wealthy family. What they found your drugscarrière?
      ‘It was a tragedy for them. I have incredibly smart parents. It is not fine if the police against you say your son is one of the whole. But what could they do? My father gave me great cars when I was working with him, but I’m an entrepreneur. I had my own ‘franchise’.

      “When I was 15, I no longer lived at home and I was caught with 66 grams of heroin and 8,000 guilders and cash. That is not normal.

      “The turnaround came on my 22th. My wife became pregnant. When I later had to sit a year for drugs, I knew: never again. My father is multimillionaire. He has helped me my business. I sell hydraulic hoses and make annual 200 thousand euros profit. ”

      Why would you deal with Joran?
      “Because of the suffering that he has dealt with Aruba. And to the mother of Natalee. But my ego also played a role. I am a man, I have a piemel and piemels be hard. At the moment you just do what others can not, the FBI, the CIA, the police … Anyone looking for, and Patrick find. Well, then I feel it tough. ”

      Why did you Peter R. de Vries’ fokking amateur ‘?
      “I have great respect for Peter, but he said there is easy. Sometimes I came home with the images and then cause them to look away immediately. Then I thought: get the cancer man, I’m not a whore. I grab you, I cut your throat loose, do you, Mr. De Vries? This was also the coke hear. I sat all that time in excitement and then driving away as you? That you can not create. ”

      Before you went to De Vries, you spoke with the police. You wanted Joran with a wietkwekerij creation and leave him there eavesdropping. Since the police do not cooperate?
      ‘Come on. They have containers with cocaine inside emerge during the IRT affair. What is a wietplantage? They had months to eavesdropping. If they had done this, that case was one hundred percent sure. ”

      Why you demanded 300 thousand euros from the police?
      “I invented but an amount. It fell to negotiate. I have three times with the Criminal Intelligence Unit talk. But the only thing they wanted was that I was drugsinfiltrant. They had no interest in Joran van der Sloot. Total not. The third time I said: breeding you. When detective who said: ga but to Peter R. de Vries.

      “I’ve De Vries 250 thousand euros requested. But that was not me. That is obvious, because I took pleasure with 25 thousand euros expenses and almost half of the revenue from the sale of nieuwsclips. That would yield little, they said. Nevertheless, I received 300 thousand euros, because ABC paid 830 thousand dollars. Europe also yielded money. ”

      You know who Natalee dumped into the sea, eh?
      ‘That is speculate. But I know it. Joran has me in the beginning of a name. He said that no boy who has done something, but that he done a lot with him. When I called to the police in Aruba gave, they were crazy, because it confirmed their own suspicions. They were two names. One is the day after the disappearance of Natalee departed from Aruba. He is a queer from a wealthy family. The police asked me if Joran bisexual tendencies. ”

      Why is Justice does not go with the research, do you think?
      “I do not know. The OM has a trump card. Before the end of the year, they agreed. How do I know? I have long arms. I think they make good chance for a breakthrough. That is my only hope. ”

      Joran goes far freely. Is the operation has not failed?
      “I had found the fine when he was arrested, but it’s beyond my power. The most important thing is that Natales mother knows what happened. In my book I want everything shut down. It is a bestseller. I want to go to America, to Oprah Winfrey. That will succeed. ”

      You got to the coke and your wife left you almost. Was it worth it?
      “All I had received nothing, then it was worth it. I have enough human misery and contempt now give back what I once. It is not about money. I am a millionaire. And there are still many millions. I have smuggled cocaine and slangetjes I can sell. I can both very good. And I am the allerbekendste slangenverkoper of the world.

      “The rehabilitation is heavy, but the last three weeks I have no more coke. Yet there comes a day I again ga sniffing. It is far too good, man. But daily use is not an option. I would now a good father and husband. ”

      Do you have contact with Joran?
      ‘No. I have nothing with him. He’s just a psychopath, man. He asked me: Patrick, did you ever been my friend? I said, but wait until the broadcast. He’s just a project. ”


    43. Carpe on June 24th, 2008 7:32 am

      About the only thing Patrick Van der eem

      said in the whole article that I believe was…

      “I am a man. I have a willy, and willies get hard.”

      Ya know man, I find there to be some truth to that. -j4n

    44. MissKatie on June 24th, 2008 8:58 am

      a new girl tell it like it is to those dumb asses that just dont get it.. they have been mentaly abused on that island and are to dumb to know it.. all aruban officials are arrogant… liars and totaly corrupt… this will all play out one day.. at the speed that joran is going.. he will cross the wrong person

      no I myself have never been to aruba… nor do I have any desire to go there and be abused and treated like a criminal..

    45. Carpe on June 24th, 2008 9:23 am

      Patrick Van der eem

      de Telegraaf

      (fp pic & translated article)

    46. lady di on June 24th, 2008 9:28 am

      just had to speak about patricks reply to the letter written to him on the forum….
      a black or anyone is not the issue, race, color, religon, belief or whatever, it was simply a mom wanting answers for her daughters dissapearance. ANYONE could be Natalees mom, ANY mom or family member has the ability, no matter what, to have persued this delicate situation. it was only a matter of them messing with someones life the this was brought about, it has nothing to do with her being a white girl… why cant aruba get that? not everyone, race, religon or whatever goes about handling something so devasting the same way, this time someone acted upon, and challenged for answers. it could have been any of us. we would all believe we would be like beth, but at some point i would have fell to my grief and not have been able to be that strong- i would have perished myself long ago at losing one of my children- how can anyone judge another? get over the race thing, patrick… if anything this should show all of us we have the power to persue within each and eveyone human to stand up for what is right and just, and to expect rightful answers! thanks for listening… i was/am angry
      that the basic, down to the fact, obvious still to this day isnt recognized!!!

    47. brie. on June 24th, 2008 9:50 am

      What is Patrick talking about, he said in my book I want everything shut down…..but he wants to go on Oprah’s show, is his book a biography about him or the encounters and information about Joran…which is what we all want to know…..

    48. brie. on June 24th, 2008 10:20 am

      What is this race thing with Patrick….maybe that’s the way it is on the island of Aruba and they have a big issue with white American girls….

      Has he been hanging around with Rev Wright….???

      Does he want to go on Oprah’s show and talk about the boycott saying it’s a racial issue….

      I don’t know about this guy, Patrick!

    49. MissKatie on June 24th, 2008 11:44 am

      he wants notoriety.. to boost sales for his book..
      boy he realy turned out to be a looser huh…

    50. MissKatie on June 24th, 2008 11:50 am

      I am not realy updated on patricks latest moves.. since I dont go to the forum much… could you enlighten me … I would realy appreciate it…
      so when is he planning on being on the oprah show?
      he seen a way to cash in from the begining and ran with it.. I am still not sure what I totaly think of peter… I am digesting that one slowly…
      I just wished the karma process for all involved would speed up ….

      I cannot stomach the sight of any pictures pf pauulus,anita,joran, kalpoes….

      it’s sickening that the kalpoes are going to try to cash in .. on a crime they were involved heavily in….

      at one point pauulus and joran were thinking of suing also .. but I think it went down the toilet when the tapes came out… who knows what those inept idiots do and think

      the officials of aruba are the most corrupt dishonest officials I have ever seen… they have virtualy no integrity… no one respects them as they should if they were decent and moral…



    51. Sasha on June 24th, 2008 8:51 pm

      The average hotel occupancy these days for Aruba is only 30%. Even some of the hotels like the DIVI that usually has 90% occupancy is down to 30%. And we have other hotels that are at 12%. There is nobody on the island. The beaches are empty and for the first time in meany years, there is no traffic.

    52. richard on June 24th, 2008 9:02 pm

      Sasha, thanks for passing this info on. It’s essential that we hear the truth from you, since we aren’t going to Aruba (I hope not, anyway), and since Aruba couldn’t be honest if it told us what day of the week it was.

      Can you cite sources for this info?

    53. Carpe on June 25th, 2008 4:16 am

      uncle uncle UNCLLLE…

      Look it up in the dictionary!

      Stand in the mirror…

      Learn how to sayyyyy ittttt, ya ferrets!
      It’ll make you much happier, and put hair
      on your chest. (if that’s your thing) -j4n

    54. MissKatie on June 25th, 2008 9:07 am


    55. Susan on June 25th, 2008 11:41 pm

      Okay, it’s 12:34 am and I’m just getting back in from my trip to DC/Baltimore.

      As you all already know, Aruba was a “no-show” for the Annual Carribean Travel Show :-)

      Thank you, Vicki, for calling me to let me know you had already left DC since Aruba didn’t show :-) We had just rolled into town and was going to make a brief appearance. Thank you, Richard, for calling also to let me know Vicki had already left :-) Thank you both for all you do!!

      I was truly disappointed ATA backed down :-(



    56. brie. on June 26th, 2008 8:57 am

      Sasha….thank you for giving us an update…

      And Rob Smith says that 2008 will be an even better year than 2005 and 2005 was their best year….what a crock…

      I think it is doomsday for Aruba….

      With the fuel prices hiking there will be fewer and fewer flights….some will not go there at all….I guess the place will just dry up and blow away…

    57. MissKatie on June 26th, 2008 3:23 pm

      aruba’s bad karma has begun…………..

    58. kaye on June 27th, 2008 7:35 am

      today listed on Shermans Travel ( Just reduced! 5-night Aruba plus airfare $399……..please people do not travel to this bottom feeding, cesspool of an island, even if they offer it to you free!!!
      no justice for natalee no tourism $$$ for aruba.

    59. misskatie on June 27th, 2008 10:44 am

      seems like they are getting desperate

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