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Coconut Telefax April 8, 2019

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Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort and MVC Eagle Beach Promote the International Day of Happiness

As residents of One Happy Island, the people of Aruba recognize that happy people and happy organizations are more successful, and in light of happiness being an important success indicator, the island again observed International Day of Happiness on March 20, 2019.

The Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort and MVC Eagle Beach engaged in happy activities throughout the day, flying smiley-face balloons, wearing smiley-face pins, and posing for pictures. They also announced a Facebook contest inviting guests to share their thoughts about what happiness means to them, showering the winner with a free-stay certificate for a return trip to the resort.

One Happy Island Aruba
One Happy Island
One Happy Island

According to the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort and MVC Eagle Beach, Aruba positioned itself as a destination that stands behind the importance of happiness as a sustainable development goal. The resort has been promoting the day since 2016.

Another reason to celebrate?

The award-winning intimate resort on Eagle Beach has just celebrated its 30th anniversary.

One Happy Island


World Autism Awareness Day Observed by the Government of Aruba

Special efforts were made this year by Fundacion Autismo Aruba to commemorate Autism Day. Their efforts included a visit to Aruba’s parliament building and a meeting with the prime minister and her cabinet, all dressed in blue in honor of the day.

autism Aruba

In her welcome address regarding autism, the prime minister talked about the “life cycle approach” of her government, in which funds and support are dedicated to each stage of the life of “our special people,” and that they are encouraged, appreciated, and included from Pre-K to their integration in the work force.

The government here is taking measures to raise awareness about people with autism spectrum disorder, ASD, at all walks of life, she reiterated.

In Aruba, the local autism organization has been hard at work for the past two decades, fundraising, researching, and facilitating diagnoses, treatment, and acceptance.


Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort—First Carbon Neutral/Net Zero Property in the Caribbean

Just recently, in Seville, Spain, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) honored Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort with its first-ever Climate Action Award during the WTTC Global Summit.

Featuring former U.S. President Barack Obama as the keynote speaker, the Global Summit brought together 1,500 global heads of state and ministers, CEOs, and tourism officials for the tourism sector’s pinnacle annual meeting. Tourism accounts for 10.4% of the world’s GDP; however, in Aruba, tourism provides 90% of the GDP, and the island is on the front lines of mitigating climate change. Bucuti’s sustainability commitment, particularly its achievement of becoming the Caribbean’s first carbon neutral/net zero property, was honored on the global stage for setting an example the world can follow. The Bucuti team is proud to have achieved this success on Aruba.

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Also in March 2019, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort added to its accolades an honor bestowed by U.S. News & World Report, which named Bucuti the “No. 1 Hotel in Aruba,” as well as one of the “Top 20 Best Hotels in the Caribbean.” USA Today 10Best ranked both the resort and its restaurant among the “Top 10 in the Caribbean.”

Congratulations to the Bucuti team from the When in Aruba team!


The 19th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival

The 19th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival will unfold on our beautiful island Memorial Day week, May 22-28, 2019. The festival was voted one of the “Top Five Caribbean Celebrations” by USA TODAY, as well as the “#1 Caribbean Summer Festival” by Jetsetter Magazine.

The 19th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival will offer a unique combination of excitement and sophistication in a number of fun settings, and guests are expected to be part of the action during daytime and evening events. Some of the hottest internationally renowned artists in music and comedy are expected to perform, with John Legend, Charlie Wilson, Ella Mai, H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed), Deon Cole, and DJ Jazzy Jeff among them.

At a recent press conference at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Conference Center, concert organizers outlined the star-studded lineup:
Friday, May 24: COMEDY – DEON COLE, Aida Rodriguez, Host – Rudy Rush
Saturday, May 25: MUSIC – CHARLIE WILSON, H.E.R., Host – Doug E Fresh
Sunday, May 26: MUSIC – JOHN LEGEND, Ella Mai, Host – Doug E Fresh

Festival sponsors include the Aruba Tourism Authority, Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Divi Resorts, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino, and the Aruba Airport Authority, among others.


Earth Hour Event by The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints Board

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, invited its extended island community for a recent walk from the resort to the California Lighthouse on March 30, right before sunset, honoring Earth Hour.

More than 300 people dressed in white registered for the memorable pilgrimage to Hudishibana Hill, on the northwestern tip of the island.

Yahira Santoni, communications manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, shared the resort’s goal of creating awareness for the international Earth Hour, a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF.

The annual event encourages individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, on that specific day in March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet.

Earth Hour has been commemorated around the world since 2007.

The Ritz-Carlton invited both local and tourists for a complimentary experience, concluding with a short bus drive back to the resort.