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De Palms Tours awarded 'Caribbean leading Tour Operator' Award

March 10, 2016

For the second year in a row De Palm Tours has received the prestigious award for "The Caribbean's Leading Tour Operator" from Carnival Cruise Line which makes De Palm the leading provider of shore excursions for Carnival Cruise passengers visiting Aruba.

 

Every season Carnival Cruise Lines recognizes the company that receives the highest ratings from both their passengers and onboard shore excursion staff for shore excursions conducted the previous season.

 

“Carnival ships call year-round to Aruba so you have to be on top of your game constantly and consistently. All credit to our cruise planning and operations staff as well as to our guides and other frontline staff who are responsible for delivering the experiences to our customers. Without them this would have been possible”, says Warren Stanley, General Manager of De Palm Tours.

 

A ceremony will be held on board one of the Carnival ships where representatives of de Palm will receive the actual award from Carnival.

Minority seeking complete independence

March 09, 2016

A minority of the inhabitants of Curacao and Aruba have complete independence for their countries in mind. In the long run (25 years) more people support independence, but with 14 percent in Aruba and 30 percent in Curacao they are still a minority.

 

The other extreme – becoming a Dutch public entity – has hardly any support. This appears from the first results of a survey by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean studies (KITLV).

 

Aruba is more satisfied about its status as autonomous country within the Kingdom than Curacao, the survey results show. Fewer than 40 percent of the respondents in Curacao want to keep their island as an autonomous country within the Kingdom and around 32 percent wants a return to the Netherlands Antilles. In Aruba, 70 percent stands behind the autonomous status within the Kingdom and just 7 percent want to have the Netherlands Antilles back.

 

Between September 14 and December 1 of last year the institute executed a large-scale survey on the six islands of the former Netherlands Antilles. The researchers asked islanders about the position of their island in the Kingdom, the relationship with the Netherlands, local politics and media consumption.

Aruba and BVI discuss adaptation to climate change

December 28, 2015

Aruba has held discussions with the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on approaches to cope with climate change in the wake of the recently concluded 21st  Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris.

 

Aruba’s Prime Minister, Mike Eman, has held talks with the BVI's Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering.

 

The Deputy Premier shared with the Prime Minister the various climate change and wider environmental challenges facing the BVI, including a prolonged drought earlier this year and the groundswell of sargassum that has inundated the Caribbean basin.

 

Pickering also underscored the main features of the Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund as a mechanism by which to generate sustainable financing for climate change adaptation activities and other measures to protect the environment.

 

“The great challenge for small island developing states in addressing climate  change is securing sustainable financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation activities,” Pickering said.

 

“The Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund will help to overcome this problem in the BVI context, and we are prepared to share the legal and financial framework that has been developed with other islands such as Aruba in the Caribbean and those in other regions,” he added.

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