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Coconut Telefax July 1, 2019

A Magical Evening Ends with a Donation of $30,000

Wind Creek Hospitality, together with Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, exceeded all expectations with the third edition of Long Table Aruba, as the culinary event was completely sold out months before date. For just one night the team members of Renaissance Aruba served dinner at the longest table on the island. The table covered a large part of the L.G. Smith Boulevard, accommodating 1,000 people. This year all proceeds of the event went to one charity: Pasadia Infantil Te Aworo.

Pasadia Infantil Te Aworo is a daycare for children between the ages of 0-4, founded in 1962 in San Nicolas. The capacity at the daycare is 150 children, but due to its bad condition and urgent repair needs, they have currently only 39 children under their care. The plan is to get in full operation once the repairs are completed so that they can keep providing care for the children of Aruba, especially those from San Nicolas.

The Aruban community contributed to this good cause by buying a ticket for the Long Table Aruba event for $30. All 1,000 attendees enjoyed a three-course dinner accompanied by two glasses of wine. The Renaissance Aruba culinary team, spearheaded by Executive Chef Sebastian Cechet, once again did a fantastic job! At the end of the evening, a donation in the amount of $30,000 was handed over by Mr. Paul Gielen, General Manager of Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, and Mr. Glenbert Croes, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, to Mrs. Sheirla Pietersz-Cilie, Director of Pasadia Infantil Te Aworo.

Mr. Paul Gielen expressed his sentiments regarding the event: “This event fits perfectly within the philosophy of Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, which is now part of Wind Creek Hospitality, to give back to the community and contribute to the positive development of our people. I would like to thank all team members who have worked hard to make another edition of Long Table Aruba a success. I would also like to thank everyone who bought a ticket so that we could raise funds for Te Aworo this year. We hope to be able to count on you again next year!”


Top Honors for Belinda Engelhardt and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

At the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) annual meeting, known as CHIEF—held June 21-23, 2019, in Miami—Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort was honored with the Caribbean Hall of Fame Award as an excellent example of sustainable development, and Berlinda Engelhardt of the Renaissance Aruba Resort was named the Employee of the Year for the Caribbean for 2019, recognizing her exceptional hospitality skills.

Ewald Biemans accepting the award on Bucuti's behalf.
Belinda Engelhardt accepting her award.

AHATA, the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, would like to congratulate staffers at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort for earning the Hall of Fame Award, and is especially proud of Berlinda Engelhardt for outshining all other nominees. Berlinda is a role model for the tourist industry in Aruba and is part of what makes the island such a successful vacation destination.


ATA, AHATA, and Aruba Airport Authority Present ATCA 2019

The Annual Tourism Conference Aruba (ATCA) 2019 gathering brought key marketing players of the North American market to Aruba for four days of intense business sessions and three nights of tropical magic.

Our tourism partners mingled with Aruba’s sales representatives from major cities in North America & Canada, working during the day and enjoying extravagant evening productions at Renaissance Island, in San Nicolas, and at the new Boy Ecury Park in Oranjestad, all in honor of the 35th Annual Tourism Conference Aruba.

The official opening at the Renaissance Convention Center featured a number of important speakers, among them Evelyn Wever–Croes, Prime Minister of Aruba; Dangui Oduber, Minister of Tourism; Tisa LaSorte, CEO of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association; Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority; and James Fazio, CEO of the Aruba Airport Authority.

Tisa LaSorte, CEO of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association
James Fazio, CEO of the Aruba Airport Authority

The conference décor featured reclaimed wood geometrically framing the stage, reflecting the fact that Aruba is customizing and adapting, shrinking giant hospitality concepts to boutique scale, trading quantity in favor of quality, and seeking to recycle and go green.

The Goshen Sustainable Farm display reinforced the message of Aruba’s trajectory in the direction of sustainable tourism, as reflected in all speeches.

Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes assured the forum that business will continue to boom on a global scale, but that we should expect ongoing transformation in the way it is created, marketed, and consumed.


Divino NV Hosts Divine Wine 3, Summer Somms

The Divine Wine event recently introduced a local crowd of wine aficionados to the extensive wine portfolio of Divino NV, housed in a giant warehouse, owned and managed by local businessman Michael v/d Berg, in Eagle.

Each invitee received a tasting notes booklet and was asked to rate 40+ wines, served by a number of professional sommeliers.

Invitees had the privilege of tasting wines by Luc Belaire, France; Gloria Ferrer, Caves and Vineyards; Frescobaldi, Toscana; Beringer, Napa Valley; Copper Cane, Wines & Provisions; Linderman’s Wines, Matua Treasury Wine Estates, New Zealand; and Etude Winery, Napa Valley.

The event partnered with Lola Taqueria on Palm Beach to provide the food. Lola has an authentic taco menu, featuring the famous Al Pastor Taco as well as other mouth-watering options.

Divino NV is the official distributor of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and other popular brands.