Boycott Watch  
February 6, 2008
Dutch Newspaper Reports Aruba's Tourism Caused Economic Loss In The Tens of Millions
Summary:Boycott of Aruba hurts Aruba big time.
    Today, Dutch News reported that Aruba has lost tens of millions of dollars due to the Natalee Holloway inspired boycott of Aruba.

    The report states:
"The disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway and the ensuing police investigation has cost the former Dutch colony of Aruba tens of millions of dollars in lost income from American tourists.

    "The comment was made by the island's prime minister Nelson Oduber on the Dutch tv current affairs show Nova on Tuesday evening. Aruba's economy depends for 70% on US tourists, he said."

    Boycott Watch has previously reported that Aruba has been trying to cover up their tourism losses and we have little confidence in their current projections of growth. At the moment, the family vacationers are avoiding Aruba for the same reason Spring Breakers are going there - Aruba looks the other way at underage drinking, rampant and easy access to drugs and the lack of any real safety and police enforcement.

    Aruba is popular for students on Spring Break because they can get away with things they can't in the US, and not just the alcohol and drugs - because Aruba is not part of the US, arrests made in Aruba will never appear on the students criminal record in the US.

    In a February 4, 2008, interview (See Below) with Neil Cavuto on Your World on the Fox News Channel, Neil Cavuto asked Boycott Watch President Fred Taub if he thinks Americans should vacation elsewhere, and Fred Taub simply replied "Yes." Taub did not make any recommendations of where to go in the interview, but notes that "this is a big world and there are lots of places to vacation to."

    Taub is formerly an Emergency Medical Technician who volunteered at hundreds of special events and has been in many life-saving situations. Taub has also assisted in teaching new EMT's as well as proctored the skills exams of EMT candidates. Based on his experience, he has a theory about the Holloway case based on the Peter R. De Vries undercover investigation.

DISCLAIMER: The following paragraph is strictly a theory and is graphic in nature.
    Taub stated: "In the video, Van der Sloot stated Natalee was drunk. Van der Sloot indicated Natalee probably passed out drunk, but to me, the convulsions indicate drugs were involved. I used to be an EMT and although I have not dealt with this exact situation, I have had the training and medics talk to each other about cases. So, assuming that drugs were involved, I suspect Natalee was alive and unconscious after the convulsions, but she was clearly in bad shape medically. I think Van der Sloot raped Natalee which is why he wanted to make her body vanish - there was probably bruising from the rape, and bruising can only happen with a person who has blood circulating, meaning Natalee was alive. So, I theorize the trauma of rape mixed with drugs and being drunk raised her heartbeat, all contributing to a seizure. Again, that's just my theory, but what I saw in the Peter R. De Vries undercover investigation leads me to believe that Natalee was most probably alive at the time of she was dumped into the ocean. Van der Sloot must have felt he needed to hide Natalee's body for some reason, and to be that means her body was the crime scene, meaning she was raped."

    In the mean time, the IMF has warned Aruba to diversify their economy because they are vulnerable to "outside forces" which can only mean the boycott inspired by the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. One look at blogs such as Justice for Natalee indicates the boycott is going strong. The "tens of millions of dollars" loss reported by Dutch News proves the boycott was working. Considering all the recent news, especially the news of the effect of the boycott on Aruba, the boycott against Aruba will continue indefinitely.

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