Boycott Watch
April 24, 2007
Revised Report: Boycott Watch Busts False Campaign to Discredit Boycott Watch Report About Aruba Boycott
Summary: Boycott Watch does not fall for PR campaigns.
   Boycott Watch was first to report that Aruba lied about tourism numbers when they reporting record growth as a result of the Natalee Holloway disappearance. In 2005, Myrna Jansen, the managing director of the Aruba Tourism Authority was quoted as saying "now everybody knows Aruba" to explain why they claimed tourism numbers were up. The facts, however, show a different picture as evidenced by a report by the Central Bank of Aruba (Here) which revealed that tourism numbers to Aruba were actually down, despite Aruban Tourism claims to USA Today and other publications.

   Ever since Boycott Watch reported false numbers by Aruban officials, our reports have been under fire mainly by Aruban officials, yet none of them have been able to refute our claims because we used their own actual numbers, including a report from the Central bank of Aruba in our reports. In fact, one such person who claimed via email to be a taxi driver while challenging our findings was actually the Aruba's tourism minister.

   The latest attack against our reporting about Aruba comes from someone identifying himself as "Peter van der Vliet," a person who runs a blog to which we will not dignify with a link, and coincidentally has the same name of a Hilton Hotels officer for the Benelux division, be we do not believe these are the same people. However, the veracity of the claims by the blogger makes Boycott Watch believe there may yet be some relationship or other interest in Aruba hotels by the claimant because the claimant's statements about the Holloway family and Aruba echoes the same wording of Aruba Tourism officials and their media statements.

   At Boycott Watch, one of our strengths is that we stand firm when we are right, and we do not bend to or fall for PR campaigns.

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