(Oranjestad)—On Thursday, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A.), Mrs. Ronella Croes, presented the award for “Destination Resilience Award” to the Minister of Tourism and Public Health, Mr. Dangui Oduber. This recognition was given by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) to the island, recognizing Aruba’s resilience during the pandemic. This is the first time that this type of award has been granted to any country.
The award was presented during a ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a part of CHTA Caribbean Travel Marketplace’s 40th anniversary.
Aruba was recognized for its management and its recovery programs which were implemented to allow visitors back on the island after closing its border during the pandemic. Aruba was awarded for its excellent management in making decisions and taking action during the pandemic that resulted in one of the best recoveries in the world.
The compiled documentations clearly show a range of other achievements as well, such as the digitalization of customs and the introduction of the Aruba Visitor Insurance. This was difficult yet successful work on Aruba’s part and A.T.A. is honored to have received this recognition. This was a merit for both the private and public sectors, and the entire A.T.A. team that work together for the wellbeing of our tourism.
Minister Oduber is sure to be honored to receive this award; this further motivates him to keep up the good work for the wellbeing of the Aruban community. Aruba can be proud of this recognition, which honors the work and effort put in by the minister.