A man walks past a sign for a ‘no-money’ sightseeing tour in Aruba on December 10, 2018.
The ‘no cost’ tours offered in the country are meant to be cheaper than the national ones and offer the most tourist-friendly options, but they have not been able to attract crowds.
Aruba, which is located just west of the Gulf of Aden, has been on a slow slide of tourism since the end of the Second World War, as a result of the blockade and other hardships.
The island, which has a population of only 2.5 million, is a small but wealthy country, and has been hit hard by the economic crisis.
Arabian tourism has suffered as a consequence.
Tourism is down by about 60 percent since the Second War, and its share of the country’s GDP has been cut by 40 percent, according to the International Organization for Migration.
The Tourism Ministry estimates that Aruba lost at least 2 million tourists last year, a number that is expected to rise in the coming months.
The only thing the island has seen lately are tourists from the U.S. and Europe, but many of them have only paid $2,500 (about $300) for their tickets.
This has meant that tourists have to rely on locals to pay the ticket, and that has not worked.
“There are only so many tourists who can pay that much, and even they have to work hard to earn the money,” said Miriam Fazli, a tourist who has been traveling with her husband in Aruban for more than two years.
In the past two years, there have been two attempts by tourists to pay for the tickets through a local intermediary.
One was made by a man who paid $1,000 for a sightseeing trip to the island in May 2017, but it was rejected because it was in Arabic.
Fazoli and her husband have been traveling in the same boat for the past several months.
“I can see the potential that the islands has to attract tourists, but there are still a lot of challenges,” she said.
There are currently only two tour operators operating in Araba, but the tourist board is working to expand the number of businesses that can operate in the tourist area, so they can attract more tourists.
“We are working with the Ministry of Tourism to increase tourism in the area, as well as expanding the number [of hotels] in the village, which will be a good investment in the future,” Fazali said.
“The tourism industry needs to grow and prosper.
The government needs to invest in tourism to boost the economy,” said Ahmad Al-Khelaifi, an Emirati businessman who owns two restaurants and two bars in the Aruba village of Al-Waleed.
Al-Khaleefi, who runs the hotel group Al-Araa, said that tourism would be a vital element in the region’s economic development.
“I think tourism will have a big impact on the development of Aruba,” he said.
“Tourism has always been an important part of the economy and this is the reason why the island is thriving.”
According to the Tourism Ministry, tourism is the fifth-biggest source of revenue in the province, with an annual economic impact of over $50 billion.
However, with a shortage of local workers, the tourism sector has struggled to attract investors and has had to resort to other sources of income, such as renting out hotels and bars.
The lack of foreign investors has also put the tourism industry at risk.
As of last year’s end, there were only four private operators operating within the tourism area, which could not compete with the government.
“I do not know of any company in the UAE who has invested in tourism in Arbaas,” said Ali al-Bazlan, the head of the Tourism Department at the Ministry.
Al-Bazzlan said that a lot more money has to be invested in the tourism-focused industries to boost tourism.
He also pointed out that there is no guarantee that the businesses will stay open long enough to generate revenues.
With a shortage in local workers in the industry, Al-Bazaan said that the Government of Arubans would need to invest heavily in tourism, as it would require a huge amount of capital to sustain the industry.
Al-Khaledi said that he believes the tourism development will continue to grow in the near future.
“We are in the process of planning for a third tour company, and a new business model that will attract more people to the tourism business,” he added.