Episode LXIII (63): Island guardians

The intrinsic nature and indispensable quality of this travel destination, relies on its age old desert landscape, its surrounding oceans, beaches and its cultural heritage, but most of all is its friendly and proud native protagonists of our tourist industry, being key factor of its success.

At this time Aruba stands at that point, where government, commerce and the general public should determine our character and make their unconditional choice for the island’s future, considering demographics and Aruba’s geo-physical limitations.

We emphasized the on issues such as loyal return visitor complaints and native Aruban`s dissatisfaction with product saturation. Loss of charm from the moment the Aruban friendliness in services and attention has been substituted by cheaper imported labor force, add to that the destruction of nature and ecosystems, the dramatic demographic growth and influx of migrants and illegal aliens. All this devalues the quality of service; elevates taxes, affects spending, diminishes healthcare, the economy and life as a whole.

The answer is in redefine the product destination. Reconsider all assets. Recognize and respect local essences of existing cultural aspects and all native species, since these last two are at risk of becoming endangered, even extinct as endemic species. It is in hand of the general public to requesting legislative protection safeguarding and demanding guarantees for our ecosystem’s for the good of our next generations of visitors as well. We must create awareness of our, yet unfathomed, assets which could be lost without ever knowing of their advantages.

Our tourism needs to uncover nature and island culture, through an educated and mind -opening session for those curious and bohemian souls, the adventurous in spirit and of course each tourist needs interact and be contaminated with a good predisposition to share our concern in conserving our fragile travel destination. Here is where cultural thematic tours help to tell a lot about the history of a certain people’s way of life or about a place and things.

It is time to realize what one should do regarding over-exploiting just for the sake of making a profit, and not considering a sustainable existence on an eco-conscious territory. This way of doing business has proven to feed disastrous results, when happy-go-lucky will cost you an eye, in a figure of speech.

Etnia Nativa`s goals as a privately operated cultural awareness center and advocators of bio-consciousness, receives special enthusiasts every morning at our atelier, Promoting, encouragement and educating upon valuable assets, how to protect renew and reinvent.

To get to know more regarding Aruba’s and its origins, its animals and culture, we highly recommend you to book your visit concerning our cultural encounter session which has been entertaining curious participants for decades. Mail us at etnianativa03@gmail.com to participate. Our facilities and activities take place close to your hotel.