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Coconut Telefax April 22, 2019

Eric Wente Leads EPI Students in Wine-Tasting & Food-Pairing Experience

On his 2019 visit to the island to host the annual Wente Vineyards – Papiamento Restaurant Golf Tournament, wine legend Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards, California, spent some time with third-year hospitality students at EPI during a special wine-tasting class. Representing America’s first family of Chardonnay, Eric gladly shared his knowledge and vast experience with the younger generation.

Wente Aruba

The tasting he conducted on Thursday, April 11, included five distinctive wines from his collection.  While talking about the expertise and science of wine-making, Eric taught his young audience about wine appreciation and description, and also discussed his philosophy of food pairing, restaurant etiquette, sales, and the selection of proper glassware.

Wente Aruba

The wines sampled by the students were Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc, Morning Fog Chardonnay, Sandstone Merlot, and Southern Hills Cabernet, all from Livermore Valley, California, and Riverbank Riesling, Arroyo Seco, Monterey.


FHTMS Granted Full Accreditation Status by ACPHA

Aruba’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies (FHTMS) at the University of Aruba was granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) on March 5, 2019.

FHTMS Granted Full Accreditation Status - University of Aruba

According to the dean, this is a true milestone achievement, as the continued efforts to deliver quality education to the future leaders of Aruba’s hospitality and tourism industry came to fruition.

The accreditation is a tribute to the hard work and sacrifices of faculty and staff members over these past few years, and it is also testimony to their outstanding competence and commitment to excellence.

FHTMS is the first and only Caribbean university program to receive the honor of accreditation for meeting and exceeding the quality standards. Graduates can now seek employment in Aruba and the entire region relying on their prestigious credentials.

FHTMS Granted Full Accreditation Status - University of Aruba
FHTMS Granted Full Accreditation Status - University of Aruba

FHTMS offers a three-year bachelor degree program in hospitality and tourism. Its mission is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to assume leadership roles and to be successful citizens of character in the global hospitality and tourism industry and the community.

For more information about the faculty and the program, visit


Pop-Up Beach Expo: Recognize Your Impact

During the Easter camping season, locals are expected to have some impact on beaches and camping grounds as they celebrate the traditional holiday in the great outdoors. In order the mitigate that impact, a nationally sponsored campaign titled “Ban Serio!,” which could be translated as “Let’s Get Serious!,” prepared a pop-up beach expo to be viewed during the long vacation weekend.

pop-up beach expo Aruba Tourism Authority
pop-up beach expo Aruba Tourism Authority
pop-up beach expo Aruba Tourism Authority

The expo took place on Saturday, April 20, at Arashi Beach, and Sunday, April 21, on Eagle Beach. It will continue today, Monday, April 22, at Baby Beach, from 1 pm – 5 pm. It is available for viewing at no charge. The expo illustrates the kind of trash left behind on our beaches every day and visually represents the extent of the cleaning challenge. The visual confrontation is artistic and will hopefully make an impression strong enough to compel locals and tourists to keep Aruba clean.

As an initiative of the Aruba Tourism Authority, “Ban Serio!” raises awareness and focuses on behavioral changes contributing to Aruba’s long-term sustainability in the areas of environment, hospitality, and culture. Past initiatives sharing similar goals include plastic recycling at the Aruba Art Fair and the “Pimp my Cup” campaign during Carnival 2019.


Joost Meijs Appointed as CEO of Queen Beatrix International Airport Aruba

Joost Meijs, CEO of Eindhoven Airport, will start in September 2019 as the CEO of the Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba, succeeding James Fazio, who has served as the airport’s CEO since 2014. Mr. Meijs will be responsible for the development of management and the organization, maintaining contacts with external stakeholders, and will oversee the airport’s redevelopment as it starts a significant five-year capital investment and construction program with a value of 300 million USD.

Joost Meijs Aruba airport
Joost Meijs

Joost Meijs: “I look forward to contributing to new successes at the international airport of Aruba, and I am really impressed by all that has been achieved so far by James Fazio and his team.”

James Fazio: “I want to emphasize that I very much enjoyed my time in Aruba, and I feel honored to have been trusted to lead Aruba’s national airport for the past five years. I will continue to be 100% committed to AAA during my remaining time here, as we still have several important project-related milestones to cross in the coming months.”

AAA thanks Fazio for his efforts to further develop the growing airport and welcomes Meijs to the AAA team.