Travel Industry Group Unveiled Results of Economic Impact and Jobs Study

(ORANGESTAD, ARUBA) The travel alliance of vacation rental operators and employees, Vacation Rental Professionals of Aruba (VRPA), launched its Association during a policy summit about the economic and jobs supported by the vacation rental industry. 

The policy summit featured internationally-renown speakers who outlined changing industry trends, and best practices and model examples for policies to gain the best from vacation rental activity for the island.

“Vacation Rentals bring considerable economic impact to Aruba while supporting jobs,” said VRPA founder Stuart de Vries. This summit announced the outcome of a recent economic impact and jobs study and show the importance our industry brings to Aruba. “The vacation rental industry brought in 2021, an estimated $248.6 million USD in direct vacation rental visitor spending, translating into $478.7 million USD in total economic activity, creating just over 5,600 jobs.”, de Vries emphasized

The VRPA policy summit also outlined best practices and model examples for developing policies that apply to the vacation rental industry.

“Policies that show the greatest success are always created through stakeholder engagement. Our goal as Association is to raise awareness and have conversation with stakeholders together with the government, show best practices, model examples and achieve compliance,” said de Vries.

The Vacation Rental Professionals Aruba (VRPA) policy summit included travel industry leaders, policy experts and travel data companies to examine changing traveler trends, best practices, and compliance solutions. Speakers included longtime vacation rental industry policy advisor Matt Curtis, former City Manager Jeff Coffee and Andrew Bate CEO of Safely.

“Our goal is to bring information to the community,” said Matt Curtis, founder of Smart City Policy Group and author of the soon-to-be-released book ‘Long-term Solutions for Short-term Rentals’.

“Understanding the economic and jobs data while reviewing the policy options will help Aruba create a good environment for everyone in Aruba. This summit offered valuable information for policy makers to capture the best of this vibrant industry”, said Curtis.

Vacation Rentals Professionals Aruba (VRPA), is a newly formed association committed to rightfully advocate and represent the best interest of vacation rentals owners in Aruba, in a professional and diligent manner.

We are dedicated to the education of the benefits associated with professionally managed vacation rentals, and to the unity of the vacation rental industry in Aruba.

VRPA board consist of President Mr. Stuart de Vries, Secretary Mr. Alberto Perret-Gentil, Treasurer Mr. Alex Cybul and board member Mr. Francis Saladin.

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