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Aruba’s New Ministers Officially Sworn in

All the new ministers from the recent Government elections have been officially sworn in. 

The traditional sworn-in ceremony was streamed live from the “Cas Ceremonial” from Aruba’s Governor on September 20,2021.

This ceremony obliges all ministers to take an oath or promise before accepting office as written in Aruba’s Constitution.

It took almost 2 months to form the new Government after the elections took place on June 25, 2021.

Cabinet Wever Croes II is the official name of the new Government. 

It consists of a coalition between 2 political parties (MEP & RAIZ), and includes 8 ministers that will govern the island for the next 4 years.

Here’s a look at the Ministers and their functions:

  • Evelyna C. Wever Croes

Prime Minister, Minister of General Affairs, Innovation, Government Organization, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning. 

  • Geoffrey B. Wever

Minister of Economic Affairs, Communications, Sustainable Development.

  • Ursell M. Arends

Minister for Integrity, Nature, Transport and Elderly Care

  • Xiomara J. Maduro

Minister of Finance & Culture

  • Rocco G. Tjon

Minister of Justice & Social Affairs

  • Glenbert F. Croes

Minister of Labor, Integration & Energy

  • Danguillaume P. Oduber

Minister of Health & Tourism

  • Endy J. H. Croes

Minister of Education & Sports

The Ministers of this island for the next 4 years.

New Game Room at Renaissance Marketplace

Aruba has a new arcade room located at the Renaissance Marketplace in Oranjestad.

It’s 180 square meter room with all modern arcade games managed by Wind Creek Casino.

There’s over 20 game machines, and 16 interactive games like air hockey, basketball free throws, and claw machines.

Game cards are available for 1 dollar and you can preload your game card to play at the machines with as much as you like.

The arcade games vary between $0.50 – $2.00

Kids and the young at heart can now play games, win points and save up for small and large prizes.

Arcade Aruba is open daily from 12:00 pm until 12:00 am midnight.

Food & Wine Pairing Event By Red Cross

Red Cross in Aruba is organizing a “food & wine pairing” fundraiser event and is asking for your help.

All the funds collected during the fundraiser will be used to create more programs to help the local community. 

The food & wine pairing event will take place November 6, 2021 at Quinta del Carmen. 

It’s a 4 course fine dine menu, including wines paired with every meal. 

The price for food & wine pairing event is $110

Tickets are available for sale at the Red Cross and H&H Fine Wines & Spirits.

Related Article – New Things in Aruba Newsletter

Food & Wine Pairing is Delicious

New Executive Chef at Hilton Resort

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino introduced their new Executive Chef this week, after former Executive Chef Matt Boland retired.

Oliver Falchi is the new Executive Chef that oversees all culinary operations at Hilton.

He is from France and has plenty of experience working in the best restaurants and hotels around the world.

His past work experience include: Relais Et Chateaux (a collection of gourmet restaurants at boutique hotels around the world) located in France, Argentina, Switzerland and French Polynesia.

Oliver is specialized in classic French dishes with a blend of Argentinean art of cooking in the kitchen with open fire.

The food at Hilton will be made under the supervision of Oliver, and it will no doubt taste excellent.

New Spot For Ribs & Seafood in Aruba

When is the last time you had the best ribs near Eagle Beach?

Or the best seafood dish?

If your answer is: a long time ago – let me show you this new place.

It’s a newfound gem near Eagle Beach.

It’s called – The Brownstone.

The Brownstone started as a simple bar concept.

A place where you can eat good food at the bar, share stories with the bartender, and watch a live game on a big screen.

It’s now a perfect spot for ribs and seafood on Eagle Beach.

No doubt one of the newest spot on Eagle for ribs and seafood, but there’s more options on the menu.

Read the newest restaurant review about the brownstone below.

Read more about “The Brownstone” – Ribs, Seafood & Daily Specials

JetBlue Celebrates 15 Years Operating Aruba Flights

JetBlue recently celebrated 15 years anniversary of operating flights to Aruba.

It all started in 2006 when JetBlue announced it will start offering daily flights to Aruba, out of John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. 

In 2007, one year after the initial flight to Aruba, Jetblue was offering flights to one happy island out of Boston. 

The demand for flights to Aruba out of Boston was so high that the initial weekly flights plan turned into daily flights. 

JetBlue hit a major milestone on the road to 15 years anniversary flying to Aruba, when the airline flew in it’s one millionth traveler to the island in 2014. 

The airline later added Fort Lauderdale (January 2017) and Newark (November 2020) on their flight schedule to Aruba. 

From offering its first Aruba flight in 2016, fast forward to 2021, JetBlue is now the largest market share holder (27%) for departing flights out of Aruba.

JetBlue in flight to Aruba.

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