A franchised Hard Rock Resort & Casino
Aruba at the former Bushiri Beach Hotel property has been shelved. The
developers did not meet the Government's deadlines for starting the project. The
area has now been designated as a public beach, once demolition and cleanup is complete.
The Bahia Principe project is still alive.
The 1,000 rooms resort on Baby Beach
would also include a casino.
The AM Resorts' Zoetry Isla di Oro project
is scheduled to open in 2018. It is located
in an area of dense mangroves. The
rooms are being constructed on stilts.
The 'wellness' resort is relatively small
and there has been no talk about a casino being part of the project.
The Barcelo Group bought all the
Occidental hotels, but did not immediately change their name. In Aruba, however, the former Occidental is now a Barcelo
Resort. The Aura Casino at the resort
closed down rather suddenly and the
owners fled the Island, leaving the casino employees up in the air. Liv Casino is the
new casino lessee and has opened with a reduced number of the former employees
due to the casino being downsized by the
'all-inclusive' resort to accommodate an expanded lobby bar!
The Radisson hotel is now under new ownership; has changed to the Hilton
brand and has undergone an extensive
and tasteful renovation. The casino is unchanged.
The casino at the Tropicana Resort was working with a temporary license whilst
the former Royal Cabana Casino building
was being demolished, but there are no
signs of a new casino despite the original temporary license having expired. The
current casino has 5 table games and 120 slot machines. Similar in size to the Glitz Casino (La Cabana Resort) and Liv Casino, they are currently the smallest on the
The Renaissance Resort & Casino in
Aruba and Curacao have both been sold
to a Native American casino group. The former ownership will continue to oversee
the management of the properties in the short term.
The Casino Association, as part of the
Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association
(AHATA), has elected a new Board; with
Ben Figaroa (General Manager, Marriott's Stellaris Casino) taking over the
President's role from Ricky Tromp
(Director Casino Operations, Hyatt's Copacabana Casino) with Marc Charley (Owner, Liv Casino) also elected to the