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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:51 am 
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This just in:
Construction for Thousands of Hotel Rooms Cancelled
Although a moratorium is still not in place, the government is currently canceling the contracts of thousands of hotels rooms that were already approved in the past 8 years.
Over 7000 hotel rooms were promised to several hoteliers and developers under the power of the previous government. However, the current infrastructure minister already disapproved of more than 3000 rooms that were in the pipeline to construct, because the developers did not reach the requirements. One of the requirements being starting construction within 6 months after receiving permit.
According to the minister, there’s over 1000 more rooms that will be disapproved in the upcoming months. But there’s about 3000 rooms that can’t be disapproved because hoteliers and developers already have notary papers in place and complied with government requirements, which makes it almost impossible to cancel the contracts.
If these rooms (which are expanding of current hotels or new resorts) do move forward, the minster will modify them to minimize their impact on the island by changing certain aspects like:
From all inclusive to European Plan (pay as you go, not all inclusive)
Condominium to apartments
Reduce number of rooms
Change the location of the hotel (move to San Nicolas)
A list of pending projects was released by the infrastructure minister this week during a press conference. The document shows how many more hotel, condominium and apartments are in the pipeline, but most of them will be disapproved (30 condominiums 1000+ rooms , 11 hotels 4000+ rooms , 10 apartments 80 rooms).
According to the Director of Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, if there’s any hotels to be constructed on Eagle or Palm beach area, it has to be 5 star or highest possible quality! She also advocates to build boutique style properties in the district of San Nicolas to attract millennial travelers and visitors interested in experience and culture.
The popular AirBnB concept is also continuing to gain popularity on the island which caters to visitors looking for other accommodations on the island.
The next hotel to start construction in Aruba is the St.Regis Resort, if not stopped by a moratorium.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:34 pm 
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BeachBunny wrote:
arubajoey wrote:
Finally how do you Eagle Beach snobs feel now. You were all so quick to knock Palm Beach and complain about the overbuilding and that "would never happen on Eagle Beach". Yes I accept your apology.


Don't speak so quickly my friend. Paradise Beach Villas is in the works to add a Phase 3 to their resort. To which I am totally against for the record!!!

Aruba is busting at her seams!!! :(

How many rooms would that add? PDV is quite small to begin with and I believe the original plan was for 3 separate buildings which were approved years ago. Still lots of room at the resort and the beach, not sure if I see the problem.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:57 pm 
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shark5 wrote:
This just in:
Construction for Thousands of Hotel Rooms Cancelled
Although a moratorium is still not in place, the government is currently canceling the contracts of thousands of hotels rooms that were already approved in the past 8 years. Lot of lost money all the way around. Where's eddy complaining about the loss of jobs?

Over 7000 hotel rooms were promised to several hoteliers and developers under the power of the previous government. However, the current infrastructure minister already disapproved of more than 3000 rooms that were in the pipeline to construct, because the developers did not reach the requirements. One of the requirements being starting construction within 6 months after receiving permit. 7000-3000 leaves 4000. That is still a LOT of development

According to the minister, there’s over 1000 more rooms that will be disapproved in the upcoming months. But there’s about 3000 rooms that can’t be disapproved because hoteliers and developers already have notary papers in place and complied with government requirements, which makes it almost impossible to cancel the contracts.
If these rooms (which are expanding of current hotels or new resorts) do move forward, the minster will modify them to minimize their impact on the island by changing certain aspects like:
From all inclusive to European Plan (pay as you go, not all inclusive)
Condominium to apartments. What does this do?

Reduce number of rooms

Change the location of the hotel (move to San Nicolas) Yeah Right. Like anyone will schlep all the way there.

A list of pending projects was released by the infrastructure minister this week during a press conference. The document shows how many more hotel, condominium and apartments are in the pipeline, but most of them will be disapproved (30 condominiums 1000+ rooms , 11 hotels 4000+ rooms , 10 apartments 80 rooms).
According to the Director of Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, if there’s any hotels to be constructed on Eagle or Palm beach area, it has to be 5 star or highest possible quality!

She also advocates to build boutique style properties in the district of San Nicolas to attract millennial travelers and visitors interested in experience and culture. Will the government offer free tours of the refinery?

The popular AirBnB concept is also continuing to gain popularity on the island which caters to visitors looking for other accommodations on the island. Will the government look to regulate this?

The next hotel to start construction in Aruba is the St.Regis Resort, if not stopped by a moratorium. Is this a 5+ Star hotel?

sharkman


Sounds like to me that the developers didn't grease the palms enough of the new administration. Once they do wait and see how things change.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:59 pm 
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I hope the St. Regis goes ahead....that area is so dark at night....a hotel between Riu and the Phoenix may eliminate some of the people who hang around in that darkened area at night. It is unsettling walking in that area.


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