| Yet another Aruba hotel and casino
closed its doors, once again blaming the U.S. recession, but it is far more
than that. Hotels in Aruba need about 75% occupancy to make money, but the
hotel occupancy rates have fallen to 70% or lower at various hotel properties
since the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, all due to the boycott inspired by
it. Boycott Watch was first to break the story about Aruba lying about their
tourism rates, and as we later learned,
blocked off many
rooms to make people think the hotels were booked solid when they were not.
The current economic problems in Aruba started with the boycott and the
problems are being exasperated by the U.S. economy, not the U.S. economy alone
as Aruba claims.
After reporting that the
Aruban Hotel and Casino
missed their payroll December 3, 2009, Boycott Watch notes a report in
Amigoe.com, the Aruba newspaper which, which reported later that same day that
Radisson Aruba closing down". In our report, Boycott Watch noted that the
economic situation in Aruba is bad, as the island nation recently had to borrow
one sixth their GDP to stay afloat, and most significantly that people planning
to vacation in Aruba need to bring extra money along in case the hotel in the
vacation package they purchased is suddenly closed. It looks like the
prediction by Boycott Watch President Fred Taub was 100% correct. "I posted
that story at midnight December third, and the next morning a hotel closed. My
predictions about Aruba are once again right."
Boycott Watch also notes a
Department Travel Warning about Aruba, plus we reported how a
an Aruba jail because someone was so incompetent that they left a large
ladder in the jail. In an appearance on
Fox News, Fred Taub
spoke about underage drinking and rampant drug usage in Aruba and asked the
question "would you send your kids to Aruba?"