Aruba Tourism Authority and the tourism industry are working closely together to reduce the effects of cancellations.
This week, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention released their travel advice adapted to specific destinations. Where Aruba used to be classified as level 3, now has become level 4, a piece of bleak travel advice to Aruba for non-essential travel. If someone still has to travel to Aruba, they are urged to be fully vaccinated. The CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A), Mrs. Ronella Croes explains that this announcement from CDC did not come as a surprise.
The progress of the Coronavirus is monitored and published daily, and the agencies are continuously adapting to the projections for tourism, to limit the impact of the pandemic on travel. According to the CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority, they continue to focus on the strict prevention protocol to prevent infections from abroad and to prevent and reduce those in Aruba itself. There are already several measures set since December 2021, including through the protocol of changing the PCR test for immigration and the test period for traveling to Aruba from 3 to 2 days. The CDC’s decision is based on several factors, with the number of positive cases in a country during 28 days as one of the most influential factors.
The current situation is not exclusive to Aruba and was likely, since the Omicron variant is highly contagious in many countries, including the United States. The US represents a majority of more than 80% of the tourism in Aruba. The United States urges its inhabitants not to travel, and especially not to areas of high risk.
The A.T.A is trying to quantify the cancellations and will continue to do so, even when Aruba is classified as level 4. The A.T.A. will simultaneously, for the remainder of the 2022 peak season, continue to monitor the overall impact of the latest developments for the principal pillar of the Aruban economy. The current situation is regretful but is a reality for many countries. A.T.A will be together with its partners to do everything to avoid the consequences of cancellations.