| Boycott Watch has been on the
cutting edge of reporting about how the disappearance of Natalee Holloway
inspired a boycott of the island nation and how that boycott affected Aruba.
Our reports have been recognized by people like
Fox News Channel's Neil
Cavuto who said "Fred Taub was on this before anybody was" and we are still
on top of the case. Today, with the help of true crime blogger, victims' rights
advocate and the person who drove the Aruba boycott Michelle Simonsen, we have
a report from Aruba which if even only partly true, it speaks volumes about how
Aruba is still in financial trouble due to the Aruba boycott.
It would be easy to dismiss the following email as a
result of the bad economy, but this is a report from cruise tourist whose ship
happened to stop at Aruba, and what other cruise passengers did or in many
cases didn't do when their ship was docked in Aruba. Boycott Watch has been
reporting how business continues to be down in Aruba, that cruise ship
passengers have reported down tourism and that Aruba has been removed as a port
of call from some cruise lines in
The Aruba boycott still lingers.
Simonsen, Boycott Watch has received a report indicating exactly what is
happening in Aruba. The following is what we were sent:
tell Fred Taub that Aruba is almost dead as vacation resort.
The people I talked to on the cruise ship about
Natalee refused to go ashore because of what Aruba did or did not do. At most
ports of call there where at least 50 to 60 excursion buses; in Aruba maybe 8
Hardly any taxis came up to the ship and
those that did complained if the ride was short and did not cost a lot. There
have been 1000 workers laid off at the Valero Refinery and production is down.
However and this is a first for you and it is no where on the internet. Aruba
has installed 9 or 10 wind generators near Arikok National Park. The last set
of props was being installed when we were there. I was right under them as
close as they would let me.
Half of who I talked to
were split between she was murdered and dumped in the sea to she was sold as a
When Aruba says look how crowded our
beaches are; there is a reason. If two ships like ours is in port they usually
allow liberty for about 300 crew members. Where do they go; but to the beaches.
So for six hours their beaches are crowded with about 600 non paying cruise
ship crew members.
I asked a few Arubans about
Natalee; the one's I asked did not recognize the case or know her name.
There are no street signs outside of Orangestad so
it is difficult to maneuver unless you know the area.
The pond that Dave went to in March 2009 was dry.
(Monserat Pond) I was there and it is full of broken bottles and glass.
Ask me if you or Fred have any questions. You can
quote a (FRIEND as gathering this info for you.
Regards (Name withheld by request)
This is one
of the most revealing reports about Aruba we have found, and it comes weeks
before the winter and spring break tourist vacation sales seasons for Aruba.
Indications from reports of previous years combined with this report indicate a
bad tourism year for Aruba which explains why Aruba may have hired comedian
Lewis Black for their newest round of television ads. Aruba is going for big
guns, so to speak, in their ads to sell their island tourism during the peak
Boycott Watch President Fred Taub said
"Considering today's report from a cruise ship passenger, Boycott Watch doubts
Aruba will benefit much from their new ads."