Tourism Industry News

Tourism in Aruba since Holloway’s disappearance

21/05/2009 16:17

It’s been four years since Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba. The negative attention from that tragedy put a serious dent in the island nation's prime industry: Tourism.


“Don’t worry, be happy…” It’s kind of the theme song for island paradise get-aways. But with the Natalee Holloway tragedy looming over Aruba like a black cloud, are vacationers feeling the care-free vibe?


Tourist Evelyn Nedeau said, "Not worried about a thing. First impression, it is beautiful, it is safe, the weather is gorgeous. The beach is phenomenal."


"We have a certain affinity for the island. We know there are decent people here…hardworking and industrious," said Ron Conway. And tourism has begun to re-build in Aruba, the Natalee Holloway affect has weakened and cruise ships and planes have begun to dock and descend on this destination.


"We come here every year, last year we came here twice. We bring our kids here," said Donna Nedeau. "It was very unfortunate and our hearts go out to her family, but it didn't stop us from coming out and having some fun," said Joe Boccuti.


Tourists say they feel safe on the island of Aruba. In fact they feel so safe they have no problem walking down the street at two or three in the morning as long as they are with a good group of friends. "We stay together, we walk together and that's how we do it," said Evelyn Viera.


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