The island of Aruba has always remained confident over the last 15 months, believing it would fully recover. The question was: How fast? After three months of complete lock-down, Aruba reopened to tourism in July 2020, and visitors slowly began returning to One Happy Island.
Last week Friday, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino proudly celebrated being at 100% occupancy, almost one year since its post lock-down reopening last year. It happened at a much faster recovery pace than predicted. What a wonderful feeling for the resort Team Members, eager to welcome guests back to their home away from home.
In recognition of the valuable support from Team Members at all levels of the operation, General Manager Vasco v. Baselli donned his chef’s apron, and headed to the kitchen.
What better way to show appreciation, than a sumptuous cook-out for lunch?
Baselli, has made it a tradition to cook for Team Members on special occasions, and the projected 100% comeback, was one. On the menu, two great favorites, Piri Piri Chicken and grilled Ribs, accompanied by a tangy, homemade BBQ sauce, and Baselli’s special baked bean recipe, which he credits his mother for.
Team Members enjoyed their lunch at the Team Members’ cafeteria, feeling a great sense of satisfaction over the prospect of being back at full capacity while future occupancy numbers remain very reassuring.
The resort retained all of its Team Members throughout the pandemic.