| 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.
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.
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.