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by Jennifer Nicole Dienst | March 01, 2010
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Aruba
Local Update:The Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort added 140 suites last year for a total of 241 guest units. The new accommodations range from one-bedroom studios to three-bedroom penthouses, all with full kitchens and Jacuzzi tubs.

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino put the finishing touches on a propertywide, US$50 million renovation with the reopening of its redesigned pool last September. 

Meeting Hotels:
 Properties in Oranjestad include the 556-room Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

North of Oranjestad, resorts in Palm Beach include the 481-room Westin Aruba Resort; 411-room Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino; 360-room Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino; and 354-room Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa.   

Airport Transit: Queen Beatrix International Airport, about six miles from most hotels. Transfer cost by taxi, US$18 to Oranjestad, US$22 to Palm Beach/Eagle Beach

Taxes:
Room tax, 6.66%; Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association fee, 2%; hotel service charge, varies per hotel; sales tax, 1.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10.16% plus hotel service charge

Group Venues:
The new Palms Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino offers caipirinhas and mojitos prepared tableside, beach views, and an open kitchen whipping up beer-fried pork chops and chorizo-stuffed lobster. (011) 297-586-1234; aruba.hyatt.com

CVB Services:
 Aruba Tourism Authority, (800) TO-ARUBA; aruba.com