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Aruba Officially Bans Plastics and Oxybenzone
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
donderdag 21 november 2019 16:39

November 19, 2019 marked a very important day for Aruba’s future! The Parliament of Aruba has officially banned single use plastics and Oxybenzone, a chemical found in many sunscreens that contribute to the
deterioration of coral reefs.

This means that any disposable, single use plastics, such as: plastic cups, straws, utensils, containers, and stirrers are now prohibited.

Starting July 2020, all import, sale and production of any single use plastics or Oxybenzone will be penalized.

The island started to take a great step in the right direction back in 2017, when single use plastic bags were banned. Now, taking it even further with this great achievement, the island can look forward to cleaner and healthier coral reefs, beaches and landscape!

Photo by Artmando Multimedia


Boardwalk Officially Re-opened as Boutique Hotel
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
maandag 18 november 2019 15:23

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba officially re-opened on November 15, 2019 with a festive opening ceremony, attended by Aruba’s Minister of Tourism Dangui Oduber, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A.), and Tisa LaSorte, CEO and President of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association (AHATA). Along with Boardwalk’s hotel owners, the Aruba-born twin sisters Kimberly and Stephanie Rooijakkers, Minister Oduber assisted in the ceremonial ribbon cutting, declaring the expanded property officially open, with the entire hotel staff in attendance.

Minutes later, the very first quests, Kenneth Navarro and Lupe Leito from Curaçao, were checked-in to the brand new property.

The family-owned and operated hotel added 32 new casitas on the lush grounds of a former coco plantation know as Plantage Tromp, along with a multi-experience pool, fitness & spa facility, an inviting Lobby and intimate Lobby Café. The property’s existing 14 spacious casitas were recently refreshed and refurbished. “We have tried our utmost in the design and lay-out of the extended property, to keep our unique Caribbean character and laid-back vibe intact and integrate as much local touches as we possibly could�, says Kimberly Rooijakkers, one of the hotel owners. “All new casitas are so-called Green Houses, constructed with Nudura and Insuldeck insulating materials, using solar panels, ultra-efficient energy management systems and 100% LED lighting. All of this to enhance our eco-friendly hotel operations�, adds Rooijakkers.

The expansion of the Boardwalk Boutique Hotel was realized in two and a half years, at an investment of $10 million US dollars, in collaboration with many local contractors and partnerships such as Coburg Construction (project management), Claudia Ruiz-Vasquez (interior and conceptual design), Fantastic Gardens and Caribbean Drip (landscape design and landscaping services), Ecoled (lighting) and Crystal Pool (pool installation), Banjolux (all bathrooms) and Berloni (all kitchens). Aruba Aloe provides all bathroom products in eco-friendly dispensers and local art by Arte Sano Foundation and other local artists contribute to the casitas’ interior décor.

Guests can stay in various intimate suites called Coco Casita, in oversized One and Two Bedroom Casitas, a stand-alone Private Plunge Pool Casita, and a Palapa-style Lodge offering stunning sea views and a wrap-around terrace. Four Coco Casitas feature one-of-a-kind, hand-painted murals depicting Aruba’s local flora and fauna, as well as outdoor showers just off of the indoor bathrooms.

The boutique hotel’s signature patios, barbecue grills and hammocks are featured with every casita, as well as large living spaces and fully equipped, modern kitchens and kitchenettes. The addition of 32 new casitas extends the Boardwalk’s lush coco oasis, adding more outdoor seating areas for reading and relaxation. The new multi-experience pool caters to the entire family with intimate pool-decks, over-water hammock, water features, a kid-friendly pool entry and daily poolside bar service. A second pool offers secluded indulgence in a lush oasis, while the brand-new gym facilitates wellness options such as yoga.

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is consistently ranked on TripAdvisor as the #2 Aruba Hotel in Palm/Eagle Beach and in their Top 25 Best Caribbean Hotels for Service. The hotel is family-run and operated by Kimberly and Stephanie Rooijakkers since 2011, and employs 20 local staff members.

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Article written by Boardwalk Hotel Aruba


The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Launch Brand New App
Source:  Aruba News by Visitaruba
vrijdag 15 november 2019 11:43

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives have launched their brand-new official app. Designed to enhance the guest experience by helping them get the most of out their visit before, during and after their stay on property, the new app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play for free download and installation.
In this digitally-connected world where everything is just a click away, our new app will help us to ensure that we are meeting the demands of today’s tech-savvy travelers with a mobile-first, touchscreen enabled, user friendly app,” said Aracely Sansone, Vice President of Marketing for Divi & Tamarijn Aruba. “From booking their stay to helping them physically navigate their way around the resorts to learning about activities and entertainment or staying up-to-date on new contests to enter, the app is intended to augment our guests’ engagement with and experience of the two sister resorts.
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Fun and easy to use on smartphones and across all devices, the app performs a number of functions for guests. Upon opening the app, users are prompted to create a profile. Users’ profiles include their name, photo and email with options to add a description of themselves, their location, to receive message notifications from Divi & Tamarijn Aruba and to connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Once a user’s profile is complete, the app features a scrollable homepage with a tappable menu button appearing at the top left.
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Upon scrolling through the homepage or menu, users have options to book their stay at the Divi Aruba or Tamarijn Aruba with a flight or hotel-only. The Book Here page also includes a booking option for travel agents, phone numbers to call for reservations, past guest comments, images of the properties’ awards and recognitions, links to Divi & Tamarijn Aruba’s websites and buttons to connect to the properties’ social media pages, call or book now. Users can also book tickets to Guy Bavli’s “Master of the Mind” show, learn more about all the facilities, amenities and services available at the resorts, book golf tee times at The Links at Divi Aruba golf course conveniently located just across the street from the properties, book tennis court times, reserve car rentals, learn about island excursions offered by De Palm Tours, book a spa treatment at the Indulgence by the Sea spa located at Divi Aruba, learn more about the adjacent Alhambra Casino or view the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba Instagram feed.
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In addition, users can learn about activities available at the properties and a Geo-locator button at the bottom right provides the option to view their location on a map and route themselves to easily navigate to where they want to go. They can also check out the properties’ restaurants and premium restaurant upgrades, which also feature Geo-location and routing along with hours of operation, theme nights and menus (premium restaurant upgrades also include a link to book reservations). Further, users can view the weekly fun schedule or the nightly entertainment schedule at both Divi Aruba and Tamarijn Aruba with options to leave a comment or share with a friend, contact the manager, or simply tell the properties about their stay.
Smart room connection is coming soon and will allow a user to control the lights in their guest room directly through the app.

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*Article written by Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives
*Photos by Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Dominica PM recognises LIAT’s socio-economic impact
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
woensdag 08 mei 2019 14:24

By Melanius Alphonse Caribbean News Now associate managing editor melanius@caribbeannewsnow.com ROSEAU, Dominica – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has reiterated Dominica’s commitment to contribute to the “sustainability and sustenanceâ€� of LIAT. This recognition is also significant to the economic impact on Dominica’s housing revolution, citizenship by investment and the tourism industry, together, the most vital components […]

St Kitts-Nevis authorities deny plan to arrest former prime minister
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
woensdag 08 mei 2019 14:20

BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Scores of supporters of the opposition St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) converged outside the private lounge at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport Saturday after word spread that leader of the opposition, Dr Denzil Douglas, would be arrested by police on his return to the Federation. Although the high […]

Media vital to democracy, says ACM president
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
woensdag 08 mei 2019 14:17

By Jermine Abel BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) – One leading regional journalist believes that the media is a vital component in democracy. That view is being expressed by president of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Anika Kentish. Kentish in an address that recognised May 3 as World Press Freedom Day suggested that the media […]

Guaidó ‘considers asking US to intervene’ in Venezuela crisis
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
woensdag 08 mei 2019 14:11

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has said he is considering asking the US to launch a military intervention in the embattled country. He added that he would “evaluate all options” to oust President Nicolás Maduro. Last week he launched a failed attempt to spark a military rebellion and force Maduro out of […]

A mixed welcome for Trinidad and Tobago’s plan to regularise Venezuelan migrants
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
woensdag 08 mei 2019 13:56

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – As Venezuela continues to grapple with its political and socioeconomic crisis, the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is also struggling to manage the resulting influx of Venezuelan migrants. Trinidad lies just north of Venezuela — at the closest point the distance between the two land masses is only 14km […]

Greater Caribbean cooperation needed to combat cyber crimes
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
woensdag 08 mei 2019 13:50

By Gerard Best BRIDGETOWN, Barbados —The Caribbean is under virtual siege as incidents of cyber-attacks and cyber-crimes surge across the region. “The sophisticated use of technology by highly incentivised criminal organisations has created unprecedented opportunities for transnational crime elements that no one region, country or entity can fight on its own. More inter-regional cooperation and […]

New opportunities for Caribbean tourism industry discussed at ECLAC meeting
Source:  Caribbean News Now! Daily Headlines
woensdag 08 mei 2019 13:46

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Caribbean countries have taken important steps toward upgrading and diversifying their tourism sector. Efforts have also focused on diversification, with the development of new product niches in areas such as eco and nature tourism, health, sports and culinary tourism, while new opportunities have been sought by penetrating markets in Latin […]

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