Aruba Tourism Down Again Due to Global Economy and Why Does Aruba Check Tourists and Not Underage Teens?



It would appear according to the Centrale Bank of Aruba that tourism is once again down on “One Happy Island”. This time they are feeling the effects of the global economy and individuals not having the money to spend abroad to vacation.

Once again Aruba finds itself with a decline in tourism, first due to the disappearance and cover up of Natalee Holloway and now due to the global economy.


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The Aruba Tourism Authority’s stay-over visitor statistics indicated declines of 2.3 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively, in the months January and February, compared to the corresponding months a year earlier. In addition, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported that the average occupancy rate of hotels and timeshare resorts registered a 4.4 percentage points fall to 78.5 percent in January 2009, compared to a year earlier. The contraction in stay-over tourism may be an indication that the global economic crisis is affecting Aruba. The Cruise Tourism Authority’s data reveal that the number of cruise passengers increased by 8.7 percent in January 2009, compared to the corresponding month of 2008, despite a 10.9 percent drop in total ship calls, signaling an increase in the size of the ships and/or the occupancy rates of the ships visiting Aruba.

However, isn’t this an interesting way to treat tourists as compared to, oh let’s say Arubans, Dutch and Surinamese individuals who are underage. Aruba is checking disembarking passengers as a Precautionary measures regarding swine influenza according to Amigoe.

Although no signs of swine influenza have been registered on Aruba or in the direct region, the government is taking precautionary measures. Passengers disembarking on the island by airplane or (cruise) ship, must full out a separate form regarding their health. Furthermore, the government ordered antiviral medication and protection materials such as masks from the Netherlands and the US.

Hotels are required to report any visiting tourists showing signs of influenza. In cooperation with the Traffic Bureau ATA and Tourism Organization Ahata, the government is looking for a location to accommodate those infected by the influenza.

Yet, hotels, casinos, bars and night clubs on Aruba are not required to check whether their own inhabitants like Joran Van der Sloot were actually of legal age to be in a casino or bar. After all, if these establishments had actually done what was required of them by law, Natalee Holloway and the Mountainbrook teens would never have crossed paths with Joran either at the Excelsior or Carlos n’ Charlies.

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  • Comments

    61 Responses to “Aruba Tourism Down Again Due to Global Economy and Why Does Aruba Check Tourists and Not Underage Teens?”

    1. Carpe on May 1st, 2009 11:09 am

      Senor Bob Barker say… Don’t forget to have your
      Aruban spayed or neutered today, esey!

    2. BUN on May 1st, 2009 11:27 am

      Love the little grasshopper playing the violin with sad songs for Aruba’s troubles. If they were as interested in crime on the island as the flu, this might be a different story all together!!

    3. Lennis on May 1st, 2009 2:40 pm

      I can not believe that those animals are checking for swine flu!!What a bunch of irresponsible jerks.

    4. Tamikosmom on May 1st, 2009 3:12 pm

      Aruba Tourism Down Again Due to Global Economy and Why Does Aruba Check Tourists and Not Underage Teens?

      Posted May 1, 2009 by Scared Monkeys

      Aruba encourages underage teen to come to Aruba in their travel guide.


      Aruba Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the legal drinking/gambling age?

      The legal age for both drinking and gambling is 18 years. It is not, however, widely enforced. You will not usually be “carded”.

    5. Tamikosmom on May 1st, 2009 3:25 pm


      Posted May 1, 2009 by Scared Monkeys

      Underaged Joran was afforded VIP passes and open line of credit at the establishments of Aruban.


      Joran van der Sloot
      Suspect Statement – June 9, 2005

      After that we drove straight to Carlos&Charlies. Deepak was the driver but I cannot remember now who was sitting beside him. I do not remember now if it was Satish or me. I estimate that we arrived at Carlos & Charlies between 00.15 and 00.30 hours. Deepak parked his car on the parking lot behind Carlos & Charlies and after that we walked into the building of Carlos & Charlies. I don’t have to pay because I HAVE A VIP PASS. With my VIP pass Deepak and Satish were also allowed in.

      To your question as to who gave me the VIP pass to Carlos & Charlies, I answer you that I got it through the office of Carlos & Charlies. I do not remember with the help of who I got the VIP pass. I got to Carlos & Charlies about one to three times a week.

      ‘Rita Cosby Live & Direct’ – Septermber 20, 2005

      COSBY: Beth, I know you‘ve actually been to the casino, right? And Michael Posner threatened you, is that correct?

      HOLLOWAY TWITTY: Well, there was a phone call made. And it was just really having me refer to—you know, I‘d only mentioned the fact I had gotten from the PROSECUTING ATTORNEY as far as the OPEN LINE OF CREDIT, and that Joran is in his casino gambling, and I don‘t think there was ever a question that Joran and Paulus Van Der Sloot had been in that Excelsior Casino, and, particularly, on the night of the 29th where he and his father met Natalee.

      ‘Rita Cosby Live&Direct’ – April. 4, 2006

      JOHN Q. KELLY, HOLLOWAY FAMILY ATTORNEY: Well, if you look at the surveillance video footage, it appears that he’s the one sitting directly next to her and tries to engage her in conversation a couple of times. And it’s sort of ironic that it’s his father who brought his underage son to a casino and left him there after he left, with access to his LINE OF CREDIT, to put this unfortunate chain of events in process.

      You know, if Joran had never been there, not been allowed in there, because he’s underage and wasn’t accompanied by his father, the whole rest of the night wouldn’t have happened.

      COSBY: You know, and, John, also, why would that be a significant—why is that in conflict to something else we’ve heard maybe from Paulus before?

      KELLY: Well, he’s just claiming that, you know, he’s kept an eye on his son, you know, he’s kept him on a short leash, and, you know, his son is very well-behaved. And it turns out that he’s, you know, got him at casinos. If you’re under 18, you’re not legally even allowed in casinos, so his son was breaking the law with him enabling it.

    6. Maggie on May 1st, 2009 5:05 pm

      Another big one from Paulus.. the replacement judge who took his underage son out drinking and gambling and claims he walked off leaving his underage son to drink and gamble more..

      He tells the reporter on Nova.Joran was again out without him knowing yet..yet he tells a completely dif story in his police statements..
      He gave him permission to be out drinking and gambling underage again..don’t think it was ever proven either that Joran was in a casino that second night either.. no tapes to prove it.. and Janet it’s real funny , noone has ever came out to say that was me on the camera in the casino and not Paulus.. sure looks like Paulus.. Steve Cohen wouldn’t even address it when asked.

      June 2005,

      HOST: Twan, let’s go back to Monday evening, the thirtieth of May. That was a crucial night. What happened then?

      Reporter: It is the evening, Jeroen, on which the parents of Natalee fly into Aruba. More precisely, the mother and the stepfather. They don’t believe she just walked away, or that there is nothing wrong. They are sure something serious is going on. So they take the first plane from Alabama, where they are from, to here, Aruba, and arrive in the evening. They go to the Police and together go to the house of Joran, of the van der Sloot family . Then, it is night already, around two. In the middle of the night, they arrive there with a company of Police and other people and they ring. The father, van der Sloot is sleeping, he opens the door and asks, “What is going on? Why are you here?” ” For our disappeared daughter, who was last seen with your son.” He doesn’t know all that yet. The father van der Sloot goes to an apartment, next to the house, where Joran always sleeps and opens the door and Joran is not in his apartment. He is not sleeping there. And then, the father picks up the mobile phone, he calls his son and he appears to be in a casino somewhere here on Aruba at that time. And that is where we pick up the story. The son is in a casino and eventually there is a meeting at the house of van der Sloot with all these people. The parents of Natalee, the son and the father.

      PvdS: He was, at that moment, again, not at home without me knowing it.

      June 18 , 2005

      I dropped off Joran in front of the entrance of the Aruba Raquet Club with my Suzuki so that he could take tennis lessons and go to the gym. He probably had his carrying bag with tennis necessities with him. I saw him enter the building. He had told me that he would afterwards be going to the Wyndham Hotel because a “Free Carribean Stud Tournament” would be held. I immediately went home, had dinner with the other boys and after that I went to bed. I do not remember having had contact with Joran after that. We did make an agreement that he would call me after the tournament was over, or that he would have someone drop him off at the house after the tournament.

      June 23rd, 2005

      To your question whether I saw Joran enter the “Raquet Club”,
      I can state the following. If I drop off Joran he normally walks inside.
      As far as I can remember he did do that at this occasion too but I
      do not know for sure. I can also remember he had told me that he
      was going to enter the “Free Tournament” at the Wyndham. I had
      told him that he could always call me if he wanted to be picked up
      to go home. He said that he would do this or that he would hitch
      a ride home with someone.

    7. Maggie on May 1st, 2009 5:15 pm

      btw Aruba for a long time on their site said noone under 18 in a casino..Did they change it now to not widely enforced to accomodate the creeps?

      This place still has it as before..

      Some rules aboug gambling in Aruba

      While planning to have a great time gambling in Aruba, you ought to keep these in mind. The minimum age to enter the casinos of Aruba is 18. And the casino has the right to request a valid I.D. as proof of age. All gaming in the Aruba Casinos is done with US currency. The slot machines use either US coins or tokens of the same value which depends on the casino you are gambling in. however, many machines would accept your paper US currency directly. There are nickel slots at all the casinos of Aruba and some have Penney machines too. You can also indulge in Sports betting while you are at some of the casinos in Aruba.

      If they don’t know by now why their tourism is down, didn’t even show up for some travel shows,, they better contact Vanna and buy a couple vowels.It is just amazing they haven’t figured it out with all the hints given.

    8. Carpe on May 1st, 2009 7:49 pm

      I wonder if Anita Vandersloot sits around watching old YT videos of the interview where
      she said: “oh whooptie doey duh spooooorter is
      suchhhhh a good boyyyyyyy.”

      that insipid little bucket of pig vomit!

      remember the one? where she had the perm that
      looked like it was done by a frickin’ clown?

      haaaa haaa hoooo hoooo teeeee heeee!!!
      oh yeah, I still hate ‘em as much as ever,
      and thoroughly plan on doing it again tomorrow.

      IT FEELS GOOOOD! ….and dat is de TRUTH.

      -Justice for Natalee

    9. dotratc on May 1st, 2009 8:22 pm

      The drop in tourism on Aruba is due to the recession in the United States, isn’t it? And, isn’t it true that every vacation destination in the western world is experiencing a similar drop in visitors? I know I recently read that Hawaii’s tourism numbers are down by over 17%. Aruba’s 2.3% and 7.7% don’t seem that bad by comparison.

    10. Mike on May 1st, 2009 8:50 pm


      Those are the numbers given by their Tourism Authority…..experience has shown that their numbers usually aren’t very accurate.

      Fact still remain a young tourist went there, was last seen with 3 of there residents, who later lied and nothing has been done about it.

    11. jimmy on May 2nd, 2009 5:21 am
    12. dotratc on May 2nd, 2009 7:55 am

      #10, my point was that the drop in tourism on Aruba has everything to do with the worst recession in America since the 1930′s and nothing to do with the Natalee Holloway case or a perceived boycott of the island. Yet some people are cheering this as if it’s a good thing.

    13. buster on May 2nd, 2009 10:00 am

      Whats the difference between the swine flu and urin’s disease ??? They both kill

    14. PlatinumSkye on May 2nd, 2009 3:59 pm

      #12, it has to deal with both causes. (The corruption over Holloway’s disappearence, and the downturn in the economy)

      Oh it’s a good thing because no one else will end up missing there and have nothing good done about it.

    15. Carpe on May 2nd, 2009 6:06 pm

      Van der Eem levels his sweetie puss with a crowbar and only gets 30 hours of community

      Anyone remember the good old days when we just agreed to give each other some space?

      #12 Hi Rat balls! How’s your swine flu?

    16. Carpe on May 2nd, 2009 6:59 pm

      Prep student with swine flu shares ordeal
      Wednesday, April 29, 2009 1:44 PM EDT

      Camille Aquilia had never missed a day of school at Saint Francis Prep in almost four years.

      That is, until last Friday.

      The 17-year-old senior from Bayside, Queens, who traveled to Aruba with her family over Easter Break, returned to class on Monday, April 20 and was feeling fine.

      Three days later, on Thursday, April 23, she said, she woke up with a sore throat.

      Her boyfriend, who also goes to the Prep, was feeling very ill.

      “He never complains, but he said he had a sore throat, a huge headache and was really achy,” she told The Courier. “So he went to the nurse.”

      “The nurse said she had a couple of people come in with the same complaints,” said Aquilia, who said she saw sick people lined up outside the office.

      Her boyfriend went home early, she said, but Aquilia stayed through her last class.

      By Thursday night, however, she was getting worse.

      “My throat started to get worse, I was achy and lethargic. By that night I felt like I had a fever.”

      When she woke up Friday morning, she knew she couldn’t make it in to school.

      “I was like, ‘Mom, I can’t go to school,’” she said.

      By that point, she was sweating and had the chills and diarrhea.

      On Friday afternoon, she went to her doctor.

      “They didn’t make it seem like that big a deal,” she told The Courier.

      However, on Saturday, the Aquilias got a phone call from the doctor’s office.

      Camille had to go back the doctor and be tested for swine flu, as mandated by the Department of Health (DOH).

      They did a nasal swab, and on Monday, April 27, they got a call that Camille tested positive for a strain of swine flu. She was given antibiotics and told to rest.

    17. PlatinumSkye on May 2nd, 2009 7:06 pm

      ARUBA – One Swine Flu Infested Island

    18. Ray on May 3rd, 2009 3:24 am

      The PIGS on ARUBA should worry about SWINE FLU.


    19. Greg on May 3rd, 2009 3:51 am

      JORAN VAN DER SLOOT took a lie detector test.
      He got Terror Jaap to pay off his gambling debts for the test.
      The dutch TV does not want this piece of garbage on TV. So no buyers for lie detector test results.

      Joran has made his last buck off Natalee Holloways death. The people in the Netherlands want him to leave…

      His new business partner Terror Jaap is running for cover.

    20. dotratc on May 3rd, 2009 6:57 am

      #16, you left out part of that article, including the last sentence. Here it is:

      “The fact that it spread so fast is scary,” Camille said. “Whoever came back from Mexico probably spread it around pretty good.”

      So much for your weak attempt to trick people into thinking that people that go to Aruba will be exposed to the swine flu.

    21. Susan on May 3rd, 2009 8:39 am

      ATA is notorious for FALSIFYING their declines and increases in tourism. Besides that, there’s no logical way to COMPARE Hawaii’s tourism statistics to Aruba’s. That’s like trying to compare the crime rate in the US (as a whole) to Aruba’s, like so many have tried to do in the past. Hawaii is a better destination, much more beautiful, and by far a SAFER place to visit :-)

      The global economy may be playing a part in the decline of tourism WORLDWIDE…not just in Aruba. The main reason for the decline of tourism in Aruba is due to the cover up of Natalee’s disappearance, nothing more, nothing less.

      If Aruba can’t (MORE LIKE WILL NOT) solve the mystery behind Natalee’s disappearance, there’s no way in hell Aruba can possibly screen the tourists for the swine flu! The Aruban’s are not that ADVANCED!



    22. Susan on May 3rd, 2009 9:03 am

      dotratc aka dirty rat fink

      Are you Aruba’s official spokesperson for the internet?

    23. Susan on May 3rd, 2009 9:11 am

      rat fink – Camille does not know, if in fact, her contracting the SWINE FLU in Aruba originated from someone traveling to Mexico or not. Poor attempt on your part to make anyone think likewise. If the truth were known, the SWINE FLU cases in Mexico originated in Aruba!

    24. Carpe on May 3rd, 2009 9:55 am

      Sorry Charles C Ratcliff.

      I don’t have to trick anybody. People are just not stupid enough to go to that infested armpit
      they call Aruba anymore.

      Now there will always be the clueless few that may go, but I mean, you already know that because you prey on them like a parasite.

      That will not be enough to stave off the waves of bankruptcies though.

      Natalee helped wake the world up!

      How much money YOU GOT now, SUCKA?????

    25. Jason on May 3rd, 2009 10:43 am

      ha ha—joran es pathetic.milking the natalee case til the last drop because no one will ever hire him (not even at mcdonalds)he will be on the street soon.

    26. dotratc on May 3rd, 2009 12:49 pm

      Here’s an FYI for anyone that believes what Carpe is trying to tell us:

      “At present there are no reported swine flu cases in the Caribbean region. Swine flu now nicknamed
      the Mexican Fever first started in Mexico where it is now blamed for 106 deaths. There are reported swine flu cases in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Spain. Persons infected in those countries have recently visited Mexico or had direct/indirect contact with an infected person who has recently been in that country.”

      In case anyone missed the pertinent part, the article I posted confirmed that, so far, there have been no reported cases of swine flu in the Caribbean region. So I guess it is fair to say that the young woman who just returned from a trip to Aruba did not contract swine flu while she was there. People that try to get other people to think otherwise are compromising their own credibility.

    27. Carpe on May 3rd, 2009 2:42 pm

      Like an Aruban would ever tell the truth?

      You have seen the Natalee Holloway case play out
      for the last four years, right?

      They are knee deep in swine flu. Just quarantined
      another hotel on Friday. Nelson ODuber gave a speech last week that said if you are planning
      to attend Soul Beach, bring the necessary implements to bury yourself if you should
      die, because nothing bad happens on Aruba.

      Aruba = Save your money & hit yourself in the toe with a hammer.

    28. dotratc on May 3rd, 2009 6:09 pm

      Carpe wrote: “Like an Aruban would ever tell the truth?

      They are knee deep in swine flu. Just quarantined
      another hotel on Friday. Nelson ODuber gave a speech last week that said if you are planning
      to attend Soul Beach, bring the necessary implements to bury yourself if you should
      die, because nothing bad happens on Aruba.”

      Hmmm. Doesn’t sound like it’s Arubans that are having problems telling the truth around here.

    29. ANewGirl on May 3rd, 2009 8:09 pm

      Anita & Paulus VDS are pathetic liars who have to live with the fact that one of the children they created is a lying, psychiopathic MURDERERING/RAPIST. Oh, isn’t that SPECIAL? Kalpoes suck. Every corrupt Official on that Island sucks.

      Don’t give a rat’s ass about that stinking hell hole that is Aruba. Will never go there again and neither will millions of other Americans. Swine Flu epidemic in “paradise”? Good, couldn’t have happened to a “nicer” place. lol

      We Stand by the Girl. We will never forget you, Nat.


    30. Carpe on May 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm

      Typical Aruba -

      They change the name from swine flu

      to the Mexican flu to try and distance themselves.

      Good news though:

      Tourism is in the punch bowl and electricity and

      water just went up by 2.6 percent.

    31. Carpe on May 3rd, 2009 10:32 pm
    32. JORAN IS A FAT PIG on May 3rd, 2009 10:57 pm


      what a bunch of pathetic killers

    33. HOPE on May 4th, 2009 3:25 pm

      Poor Grasshoppers…

      No justice.


      Boycott, Aruba!

    34. crossbow on May 4th, 2009 4:52 pm

      They should have checked for Menengitis when that cop died from it about 18 months ago.
      No quarantine or family blood work, nothing. That is why I do not believe the cop died from that disease, maybe lead poisoning but not Menengitis.

    35. crossbow on May 4th, 2009 4:58 pm

      Do you posters think Joran is THE perpetual liar? or is he being told what stories to tell to keep us off the track of what really happened?
      He knows what happened and he is being told what tales to spin.
      Eventually we will piece it together.

    36. Carpe on May 4th, 2009 10:41 pm

      The only good Aruban is one that’s legs have
      stopped wigglin’ after you zapped it with a
      shot of RAID.

    37. vhj on May 5th, 2009 2:07 am

      I found this old gem on another page,so how this angle coming along?it seems to have faded and replaced with something a little less informative.# Scared Monkeys on January 25th, 2007 1:19 am

      Hey Frank … so that’s what it takes Bacchus from going from we need the FBI in Aruba this is no common runaway …

      U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, said Saturday there were circumstances surrounding Holloway’s disappearance that warranted the FBI being heavily involved. He declined to give details.

      The circumstances were disturbing,said Bachus, who formally requested the FBI’s involvement. I can’t get into it, but it’s something the family is aware of. There was an immediate recognition that this was not simply a teen who wandered off.

      to oh everything is fine and Aruba is investigating the disappearance.

      nice 180 … nice lobbying.

      Rep. Spencer Bachus said he came away from a Friday meeting with Aruban officials with the sense that they plan to vigorously pursue leads in the disappearance of American student Natalee Holloway.

      “Their intention going forward … is not to shut this case down, but to continue to pursue it vigorously,” Bachus told reporters. “They do not consider it a closed case nor do they consider that they have a dead end. They continue to develop information and pursue leads.”

      Gives a whole new meaning to, you dont know Jack.


    38. ANewGirl on May 5th, 2009 2:51 am

      #35- Hi, Cross—I concur that he has also been being “coached” and has been since day one. Of course, this is actually part of the reason why the case continues to remain “unsolved” so-to-speak.

      While many have already been able to piece the case together accurately, I still do not believe that any real justice will ever take place for Beth & Dave Holloway. So sad, but true. Joran/Papa VDS and every corrupt Official on the Island knows exactly what happened, true. They have known all along…and yes, together- they continue the tale spinning. Joran still can’t live back in Aruba now though, they don’t want the Sporter there anymore….HMNNNNNNNNN…wonder why? He’ll end up placing his feet back on Aruba’s sandy beaches again one day though. If he makes it until then…..

      I think Joran is (eventually) going to die a ruined, alcoholic, drug-riddled, mentally unstable and VERY lonely young man. He’s already halfway there and he’s not even out of his early Twenties yet. He deserves every ounce of that, too.

    39. Dolf on May 5th, 2009 8:32 am

      @38:I think Joran is (eventually) going to die a ruined, alcoholic, drug-riddled, mentally unstable and VERY lonely young man. He’s already halfway there and he’s not even out of his early Twenties yet. He deserves every ounce of that, too.

      I would like to add some nasty illness to that

    40. vhj on May 5th, 2009 9:57 am

      if the F.B.I is unable or unwilling to help natalee,I strongly suggest the holloway family use these contact links to other government departments.
      U.S. State Department:

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:



      The White House

      Department of Justice

      Department of Labor

      Department of Homeland Security

    41. Sweet_Thang on May 5th, 2009 1:59 pm

      “@38:I think Joran is (eventually) going to die a ruined, alcoholic, drug-riddled, mentally unstable and VERY lonely young man. He’s already halfway there and he’s not even out of his early Twenties yet. He deserves every ounce of that, too.

      I would like to add some nasty illness to that”

      Dolf, I think it’s more than appropriate that Urine die slow and painful death from….of course: SWINE FLU!!!

      It can’t happen soon enough…

    42. Mike on May 5th, 2009 2:14 pm

      Hey Tamikosmom. Good work on the Lifetime TV board.

    43. Carpe on May 5th, 2009 2:43 pm

      New Havana
      The previous owners of Havana Beach were deeply in debt, under the restaurant because Ambianz completely flopped and the doors had closed. The astronomical rent was paid, however, continue to be the expense and the tent the head. A new owner thought the better opening and after a thorough renovation and renewal of the interior in October 2008 New Havana. With many bombarie and restaurants were a big party and Chillout Wok Asian Grill opened to the public. Over 200 guests, including Minister Edison breeze of Tourism came to the opening. More than 15,000 florin was donated to charities like the Red Cross, Casa Cuna and Animal Rights Aruba. Over half years later closed the beach once again its doors.


      ORANGE CITY – Some staff have today, from frustration with the lack of payment of their salaries, furniture and drink stolen from the beach Havana. The owners of the property, already some time ago herd had placed on these articles, because the manager Richard van Doorn rent not paid, the authorities have been enabled. The beach is closed today.

      John Oster owner of the nearby dive Fly ‘n Dive has done everything and immediately called the police. He was stunned and furious about their reaction. He said the police against him that he had to call management. When Oster then informed the agent that helped with the management steal, he was told that ‘there is nothing they would do. ” Wild about so little cooperation he saying that he just as well could do with steal. This situation, the police officer laconic ‘that I would do. ” Eventually he called the owners of the building, some staff directly to the case sent.

      Hello? Yes ummmm Aruban Police, I am calling to report a robbery in progress….

      uhhhhh… I have to call MANAGEMENT?

      This is the POLICE DEPARTMENT, right?

      You’re kidding me, right?

      You’re not.

    44. vhj on May 5th, 2009 4:39 pm

      on the F.B.I WEBSITE,THEY HAVE A poster that says seeking information for natalee holloway.and yes from all accounts the arubans have kept them out of the investigation,but the arubans only have juristiction in getting back to that seeking information poster on the F.B.I that poster you will find a sentence that clearly states that natalee might have bien taken off the island,this sentence is a clear reason for the F.B.I or another level of law enforcement to start a investigation of thier own.outside of aruba.they after all have offices and liasons with other governments and other law enfocement agencies in the area.this way the arubans could play thier currupt style of investigating ,while a real investigation went on around them.this can still happen if someone is actualy interested in finding’s all well and good to be bitter about her missing and assumed dead,but what if she is alive and waiting for her fellow citizens to save her,

    45. Maggie on May 5th, 2009 4:42 pm

      Kinda like sending the parents of a missing daughter out to crack houses with money to try to find their daughter , that had no history whatsoever of drugs, while they were getting together making up stories, to tell the family and media.

      Gawd..what a place..

    46. Carpe on May 5th, 2009 10:40 pm

      Natalee is not missing, she is dead and thrown away in a secret location that only the raping
      and murdering Joran Vandersloot and his father,
      Paulus Vandersloot know about.

      Only a person with the mentality of an Aruban would still call her missing.

      The only thing missing, would probably be the gunshots for some nasty people who could really be in the most desperate need for some at this time.

      F ARUBA long and hard, with great endurance and

      absolutely no mercy.

      Mercy is very valuable and should always be reserved for the people who are deserving of it.


      -Justice for Natalee Holloway

    47. Dolf on May 6th, 2009 1:54 am


      no not swine flu, more like Ebola (think of the movie Outbreak, slowly turns your organs into liquid)

    48. babyblue on May 6th, 2009 1:49 pm

      #12….whatever the reason, i’m sure most of here are dancing a gig!! hooray! may that cesspool of an island sink into the ocean once and for all. good riddance. (but before it sinks make sure all the players in the game (dompig, paulus van der scum, vocking, van straaten, oduber, jannsen, etc.) are present, chained and weighted down with cinderblocks.

    49. vhj on May 7th, 2009 7:04 am

      Through the 1990s and into the 21st century Aruba posted growth rates around 5%. However, in 2001, a decrease in demand and the terrorist attack on the United States led to the first economic contraction in 15 years. Deficit spending has been a staple in Aruba’s history, and modestly high inflation has been present as well, although recent efforts at tightening monetary policy may correct this. Oil processing is the dominant industry in Aruba, despite the expansion of the tourism sector. Approximately 1.25 million tourists per year visit Aruba, with 75% of those from the United States. The sizes of the agriculture and manufacturing industries remain minimal.this info can be found on the state department website
      SM: Aruban officials admitted themselves that the disappearance of Natalee Holloway greatly impacted tourism.

    50. Carpe on May 8th, 2009 5:33 pm

      Justice Minister Rudy Croes, “I know the gangs’
      May 8, 2009

      ORANGE CITY – Justice Minister Rudy Croes (MEP) has on Tuesday denied under oath that he has not been involved in an arrest list of the sons of Michael Williams would be put. Moreover, he denies knowing of the existence of a ‘list Dakota and a list Madiki. “I know the way because I’m curious to what happened,” he said. Croes had witnesses in the case that Williams has been against the Land Aruba.

      Michael Williams was in a fighting incident between him and Minister Booshi Weaver at the airport in 2003, the victim of reprisals from the government. Williams stretched therefore a trial and wanted the treatment of witnesses Justice Minister Croes, Prime Minister Nelson Oduber, Booshi Wever Minister and Minister Marisol Lopez-Tromp. The court found it unnecessary, however, that except Croes Minister, other government members had to testify. Williams could not tell exactly what their involvement in this was.

      Alberto Peralta
      Minister Croes was heard on his own initiative because the sons of Williams on the list of names of members of the jeugdbende of Dakota would be placed. This at least says Michael Williams. The minister would have done after the acttienjarige Alberto Peralta at the end of the Lighting Parade in 2006 was murdered. The ex-wife of Williams and mother of two sons Dalila Maxwell was heard as a witness in this case. She stated that Calvin Sulbaran, a bodyguard of Minister Croes, its time had told her sons on the orders of Croes on the list were of children who should be arrested. ” Moreover, Sulbaran stated that if Michael Williams’ had not done what he had done that was not accrued. In other words, the conduct of Williams father would impact on the arrest of his sons.

      This is strongly denied by the Justice Minister. “The statement of Maxwell can not correct,” says Rudy Croes. The testimony of Williams speaks against this. He has Detective Carlos Hodge told him that after the shooting on Peralta made a list of boys, who were arrested. The sons of Williams, according to Hodge on the orders of Minister Croes were added to the list, at least so says Williams.

      “The involvement of my sons with Peralta does not go beyond that she knew from the neighborhood,” said Williams. He explained that his sons go with him went. After the shooting, they have gone to the hospital and are photographed. “I might have a big mouth, but it is unacceptable that my children are punished by my behavior,” says Michael Williams.

    51. PWS on May 8th, 2009 9:45 pm

      To Whom It May Concern,
      I was just @ the website for Kings Dominion VA and saw an ad for Coke and then it flashed to an ad saying you can win a trip to Aruba! I went to Coke’s website trying to find an email for someone to express my disgust, but could only find a mailing address. Just wanted to pass this along in case someone knows another way to contact them.

    52. vhj on May 8th, 2009 11:01 pm

      Well,well,well.will wonders never cease.all information availible in north america and i’m talking about the net is now availible anywhere in the just need to google in whatever country you want and it will translate to that countries language plus english.evan scared monkeys is now in every language in the world.try it you will a real search for natalee can more blocking her picture or restricting it to north america.So you see a little yelling and screaming somtimes pays off.well thats all for now,time for beer and celebrate.THANK-YOU VERY MUCH GOOGLE AND INTERNET GODS

    53. PWS on May 9th, 2009 8:25 am

      I found a place to send a message to coke:

      If we all send them an email letting them know about our feelings on Aruba and Natalee, maybe they will reconsider the “Win a trip to Aruba” contest. If not, maybe someone @ Coke will be educated!

    54. vhj on May 10th, 2009 8:30 am

      I have a question for so called investigators.about the casino was said that natalee was impressed with joran vandersloots card playing abilities when he won a hundred dollars for that tape should be reviewed vandersloot was given the hundred dollars by the dealer,but did the cards he played actauly constitute a winning hand.if not that implicates the dealer and the casino with the beginings of con.meaning this would be part of a set-up to gain natalee’s trust and attention.go over that tape to see,

    55. Lisa in Maryland on May 14th, 2009 6:02 pm

      A picture of Joran spiking Natalee’s coke with a win a free trip to Aruba is at hand for our art work dept.! How can even consider that a prize?

    56. Lisa in Maryland on May 14th, 2009 6:05 pm

      What’s the latest news on that punk anyway? Is he still in Holland? Is he working, is he going to school? I keep praying that he will eventually slip up and bring justice for Natalee. It will come one day.

    57. Susan on May 19th, 2009 10:02 am

      Aruba Four Years Later: Financial Impact
      Reported by: Kimberly Rankin
      Reported by: Cynthia Gould
      Last Update: 5/18 3:55 pm

      (CBS 42) Four years after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the story is still very much on the minds of the people of Aruba.

      Evert jan van Versendaal has lived on the island of Aruba for more than a decade. He came here to run a restaurant, but ever since the Natalee Holloway disappearance, he’s seen the country he loves turn into the black eye of the Caribbean.

      “There is still a little cloud over Aruba, and still people are going to doubt like I am not going to go there.”

      And it infuriates him.

      “How many people are missing in Alabama? Is there every day a big show in Alabama? Is the whole world watching Alabama? But now the whole world was watching Aruba.”

      And then to add insult to injury, Beth Holloway’s plea for a tourist boycott…Evert says only affected the innocent mom and pop shops.

      “They were the first ones that were hurt. The big companies, there were a lot of money behind the big hotels, they will survive. But if tourism is down like 25%, that’s a lot with a small business.”

      But it’s been four years, and Evert says the tourists have returned. While many businesses say they are recovering from the Natalee Holloway situation, others say they are still affected, especially in this bad economy just like everyone else.

      “Right now the business is going down. We are in high season, but we don’t have the high season in two years already.”

      Tony Matilda runs a small business on the beaches of Aruba, showing tourists there is more to do than lay by the water.

      “I do the jet skiing, the water sporting, the para sailing, the jet skiing, skuba diving, snorkeling.”

      But it seems like in past few months he’s done a lot less rentals and a lot more sitting around, just like many restaurant servers.

      “They see that the place is so calm, no not that much business, and why it so calm. I start to tell them about the economy and they jump at the Natalee thing. I personally think its part of the economy and it has something to do with Natalee too,” said Elston Peterson.

      Peterson says when the tourists are here he makes $130 a day in tips. When they aren’t, a measly $20… That’s why Aruba locals hope that people learn from this tragic situation, and next time punish those responsible for the crime and not the entire country.

    58. bloodhound on May 23rd, 2009 9:57 pm

      no, not next time mr peterson.right now.

    59. bloodhound on May 23rd, 2009 10:01 pm

      this isn’t about a puppy peeing on the floor.your government is letting enslavement of a young girl continue by letting this charade continue.there will be no let and in fact as time goes on the pressure will increase.

    60. bloodhound on May 23rd, 2009 10:03 pm

      this isn’t about a puppy peeing on the floor.your government is letting enslavement of a young girl continue by letting this charade continue.there will be no let-up and in fact as time goes on, the pressure will increase.

    61. Rowie Percoco on October 29th, 2009 9:17 pm

      Good article, we are involved in Timesharing in Sint Maarten, so many problems down there. Many of the resorts have new management companies, they all appear to violate the terms of the leases all the time as there are no consumer protection laws there.  We have started a Timeshare Association to bring our problems to the publics eye.
      Sint Maarten Timeshare Owners Association.

      We also have an Ad driven website to sell or rent timeshares for free as so many of the owners just want to get rid or rent their units.

      The timeshare industry could be a great business if they would just treat the customers right. It was a scam to sell these and they continue to scam the owners at every opportunity.

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