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Safety, location and general environment

The pillars of the Aruban economy are tourism, oil refining, manufactured exports and offshore financial services. Tourism is the island's principal industry, employer and foreign exchange earner. Constant warm weather and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world attract over one million visitors a year, 57% being American. Hotel capacity has expanded fivefold since 1985 and will continue to grow in the coming years to meet the market demands.
Aruba's characteristics create a "total package" as a tourist and business destination: safety, location, general environment, business environment and infrastructure.
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Aruba has a very low crime rate and the island breathes a general sense of security. This has been and is an important contributing factor to the steady growth in tourism. Safety is also of great importance to the business community in general and particularly for those using Aruba as a distribution hub. The island lies outside the hurricane belt and so avoids the effects of tropical storms.


Aruba is located just 19 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the southwest of the Caribbean. It serves a unique position as the most westerly of the OCTs (Overseas Countries and Territories holding a special status within the European Union) in the Caribbean, an ideal place in the east-west, north-south trade corridors.

General environment

Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands (Holland) and the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius). This guarantees a stable, business-friendly legal system and unique trade possibilities with the European Union. The population of Aruba enjoys one of the highest levels of education and per capita GDP in the region, and the quality of life is high. "Where happiness lives.." is more than a slogan for the tourism brochures!