Ribbon cuttings are in general joyous occasions, and yesterday’s business event was handled very well by the crew of the brand new Hyatt Place, Aruba Airport Hotel & Business Center.
From what I gathered from the friendly speeches of General Manager Marta Raven, Contractor/Investor Stefano Pellizzari, Pelca Development Company, brand representative Luciano Julio, MinTour Dangui Oduber and Developer/Investor Luis Cano, the project began with the purchase of the terrain 4 years ago.
The buyer, Luis Cano, relocated with his family from Venezuela. He has been established in Aruba for a while, running a number of local businesses, also agent for Caterpillar Aruba. Cano initiated the planning and construction of the project in partnership with his fellow-countryman Stefano Pellizzari.
Pelca Development Company, was put in charge of the project and in January 2017 outgoing ministers Mike de Meza and Paul Croes, got to lay the cornerstone.
A different set of ministers showed up proud for the 2019 opening MinPres Evelyn Wever-Croes, MinTour Dangui Oduber, MinInfra Otmar Oduber and MinEdu Glenbert Croes, who popped in late and managed to catch all photo opportunities while skipping the speeches.
MinTour remarked it was his father that cut the ribbon on the Hyatt Regency and that he was pleased, twenty years later to do the same for Hyatt Place.
Cano whose name did not appear on the original program, asked to address his invitees anyway. He was visibly emotional and moved to tears, by the realization of his dream, a stylish hotel and business center, in the heart of the island. If you recall his brother AIS Aruba Industrial Services business partner Carlos Cano, was gunned down in Venezuela in 2015, as a result of a botched robbery or kidnapping attempt. Cano’s joy over the project completion was mixed with profound sadness.
The Hyatt Place Aruba Airport Hotel & Business Center was an investment of $50 million of the investors’ own money, I understand. They built 116 rooms, that’s $431,000. – per room, they obviously spent generously, and it shows. The property is understated, elegant, and distinctly user-friendly.
The hotel recruited 43 employees, and one of the highlights of the morning speeches occurred as Raven addressed her team, they were all standing on her left, lined up on the staircase leading up to the hotel’s second floor, she turned to them, looked into eyes, and expressed her heartfelt gratitude for their many contributions.
Brand representative Luciano Julio, a trim man with a slight Portuguese accent, Regional Vice President of Operations, spoke about the brand: 305 Hyatt Place locations around the glove, and growing by the minute, offering modern, comfortable accommodations, breakfast included.
The hotel, with great two-level parking, will also offer a food court, spa, bank, car rental, and various retail stores, on the ground floor, business and meeting spaces on the second, while the lobby, restaurant, pool and bars, may be found on the third, overlooking the Haystack.
The hotel will easily connect to the airport, and with 2 million passengers passing through AAA annually, and more than 20 airlines, I am confident it will reach synergy faster than we think.
Check out their very affordable rates.
Hyatt Place Aruba Airport Wayaca 6-B Oranjestad, Aruba
Website: hyattplacearubaairport.com, for questions: [email protected] +297 523 1207