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Coconut Telefax December 23, 2019

Amsterdam Manor Recognized by the ATA on Its 30th Anniversary

Developed by the van Schaijk family, the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort opened on December 14, 1989, with 72 rooms in a style reminiscent of this island’s Dutch heritage.

This week, ATA CEO Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes and CMO Sanju Luidens-Daryanani presented a token of appreciation to the resort’s general manager, Jurgen van Schaijk, in the presence of his father and the original developer, Piet van Schaijk, flanked by resort employees.

Located opposite Aruba’s beautiful Eagle Beach, this hotel offers Dutch colonial architecture, relaxing facilities, and spacious studios and suites with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, free WiFi, and parking on site.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort features an outdoor pool and a children’s pool. Guests can take advantage of the available snorkel equipment or relax in a complimentary lounge chair on the poolside or beach.

Mango’s restaurant offers an extensive buffet breakfast with live cooking and international cuisine for dinner. You can enjoy cocktails, fresh fish, and grilled steak on the beach at Passions Beach Bar & Lounge. Free snacks are offered at the Manager’s Cocktail Party every Thursday.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort has achieved the master level of Certification from EarthCheck and also the Golden Travel Life Award.


Gloria is Back with an Investment of 38 Million

At a recent press conference, Eduardo de Veer, board president of MetaCorp, announced that the new IMAX under construction on the boulevard will be named after one of his company’s early movie theaters, opened by MetaCorp in the 1920s.

The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and decided to make an investment in an entertainment center with shops and restaurants on Saskiweg. They decided to go “over the top” and present their public in Aruba with fantastic cinemas with VIP rooms and everything digital and state of the art, from 12-track sound to laser images.

The press conference revealed for the first time what the complex will look like and its name, Gloria, named after an old, now-defunct cinema on the main street.

MetaCorp can trace its roots to the cinema, when Shon Eddy convinced his neighbor Nadi to sell him his 35-millimeter projector.  Nadi didn’t want to hear of money, but did show interest in the pianola Shon Eddy’s wife, Irma, had received for their wedding six years earlier.  Shon Eddy didn’t hesitate and agreed immediately to the swap, and that is how Eduard de Veer, the late grandpa, exchanged his (wife’s) pianola for Nadi Henriquez’ movie projector, and a company was born. He starting showing movies on an open field next to Pension Aruba, a place known today as Hotel Colombia.  Opening night in the courtyard next to Hotel Colombia saw Arthur Beaujon lending a hand and providing a makeshift generator, a car on blocks, as the energy source for the dynamo. Dan van Kock operated the projector, and the audience brought their own chairs and crates to sit on as they experienced Shon Eddy’s first showing of a silent movie. It was “The Passion of Christ,” which drew a large audience.

Pictured here, 100 years later, a gorgeous development, opening mid 2020.


A Token of Appreciation for the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino enjoyed a rush of celebrations in 2019 commemorating its diamond anniversary.

Long before becoming the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, the iconic resort, originally named the Aruba Caribbean Hotel, delivered six decades of history as Aruba’s most-loved Palm Beach property. It was the first one to be built, in 1959, heralding the birth of tourism on the island.

Conceived by two island politicians, Oscar Henriquez and Juancho Irausquin, it laid the foundation for the island’s tourism economy.

The Aruba Caribbean Hotel was Aruba’s first luxury resort when it opened its doors, and it quickly became a favorite getaway for world-famous jet-setters.

Nicknamed the “Grand Dame,” it was built by one of America’s most famous hotel architects, Morris Lapidus, who designed landmark resorts such as the Fountain Blue and the Eden Roc, on Miami Beach. When opened, it was Aruba’s first large resort, still considered one of the island’s best, and in 2019, it celebrated its 60th anniversary, on July 18!

Following its sale in 2015 to the Aruba Growth Funds, the resort, newly reflagged as the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino, embarked on a complete multi-million-dollar renovation.

In appreciation of the resort’s many contributions to the island’s tourism economy, the Aruba Tourism Authority CEO Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes and CMO Sanju Luidens-Daryanani visited General Manager Vasco Baselli to present him with a token of appreciation. Congratulations, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, on you diamond anniversary.


AAA Holds Third Christmas Lighting Event

On December 11, 2019, the Aruba Airport officially lit up the AUA sign and street in front of the terminal building with Christmas lights. AAA employees were invited, together with their family and friends, for the official launch event, which included some snacks and beverages with live entertainment by Grupo Di Betico, in the holiday spirit. Holiday magic is in the air, and the Aruba Airport invites locals and visitors to admire the Christmas lights as they drive around, take pictures, and share on social media.


AAA Clothing & Food Drive

AAA celebrated Thanksgiving Week, November 25-28, with airport employees holding a Clothing & Food Drive as part of the program. Employees were encouraged to donate clothing in good condition for both adults and children, as well as canned goods and household products, to be donated to families in need. The generous donation went to Fundacion Pa Nos Comunidad (FPNC), where Director Gianaika van der Biezen gratefully accepted it. AAA is proud of its corporate social responsibility, giving back in ways that touch our community, reflecting on our shared values.

About AAA: Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean region, with 29 different airlines contributing in processing over 2.5 million passengers per year.  Aruba Airport services 30 non-stop destinations. Over 85% of all visitors are leisure guests, 71% from the United States & Canada, 16% from Latin America, 7% from Europe, and 6% from the Dutch Caribbean.

AAA’s aim is to always look to improve its offering to its valued airline partners and passengers. To keep up with the remarkable capacity growth, it continues to invest in the future by embarking on an extensive expansion project, named Gateway 2030. The expansion project will facilitate the air traffic & passenger growth while also improving the passenger experience with the right blend of technology and customer service.