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Friday, June 30, 2006

Over $230 Million in New Tourism Offerings in Aruba

Aruba has long been a favorite with our family thanks to its varied hotels and excellent weather (lying south of the hurricane belt, so it misses almost all the storms.) We just got word today from the Aruba Tourism Authority that the island is undergoing expansion and renovations totaling over $230 million--changes to just about every sector of the travel industry, from the airport and cruise terminal to hotels, spas and restaurants.

What's New in Aruba:

• The Airport. Look for $34 million in changes at the Queen Beatrix International Airport.

• New Park. About $16 million is being invested in the creation of the largest linear park in the Caribbean, stretching 10 miles from Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport to the end of the high-rise hotel corridor.

·RIU. The RIU Aruba Grand will close for a $40-million expansion to add 286 guestrooms. When completed, the new and improved resort with be the five-star, 451-room RIU Palace.

• Holiday Inn Sunspree Aruba.
This hotel is undergoing a $5-million renovation, the first phase of a three-year program. d/AUAAN>

· Divi. There's a lot of news with Divi Resorts! The Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort’s $20-million Divi Phoenix tower construction will start in 2006 and complete in fall 2007. The new development will more than double the size of the existing property adding 140 units, including timeshares, studios, one, two and three-bedrooms, in four buildings, bringing the total number of rooms to 241. Also, the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive will invest $5.5 million and deliver 55 additional rooms by December 2006. As well, the Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort, a $42 million endeavor, features 52 new units, which opened August 2005. Phase two will offer 52 additional rooms in April 2006, 56 units in December 2006 and 80 more by the end of 2007. The Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort underwent a $10-million renovation in 2005.

· Aruba Marriott. The Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino completed a casino expansion in 2005 and will spend $12 million renovating rooms in 2007. We stayed here on our last family visit and really enjoyed this expansive property on Palm Beach.

· Renaissance Aruba.
The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino is completing a $10-million upgrade with a new Presidential Suite, new lobbies in the Marina Hotel and Ocean Suites, the opening of a new restaurant and pool bar, new bedding in all 558 rooms and suites and more.

· Hyatt Aruba. One of our Aruba favorites, the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino is embarking on a $20-million refurbishment, scheduled to begin this month. Full renovation of the property’s 360 guest rooms, lobby area, ballrooms, Alfresco Bar and Palms Restaurant and Beach Bar is scheduled and the Stillwater Spa and Copacabana Casino will be updated.

·Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba. The Tara Beach Suites at the Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba just spent $5 million remodeling Bucuti wing rooms.

·New Waterpark! De Palm Tours is pumping $5 million into a new fleet of all-terrain vehicles and Land Rovers and a major renovation to its private island, De Palm Island. The addition of a water park on the island is scheduled for completion this summer.

For more information:
• call the Aruba Tourism Authority at 1-800-TO-ARUBA
• visit www.aruba.com


 

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