ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (MAY 2015) – The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, was recently recognized as the top hotel in the Caribbean during the recent, annual Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence event held during the Luxury Travel ULTRA Summit in Orlando, Florida. The hotel was also recognized as a top hotel opening in 2014. On behalf of the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba we are pleased to share the news of this prestigious award that exemplifies our commitment to provide legendary service combined with the extraordinary warmth of the Aruban culture,” remarked Steven Redkoles, general manager of the hotel. In January 2016 it was confirmed that Zika virus infections acquired locally have now occurred in Haiti, St Martin and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. In March 2016, locally acquired infections were reported in Cuba and Dominica. Zika virus is a virus that is transmitted by mosquito bites. Symptoms are similar (but usually milder) than those seen with dengue. Prevention is by protection against mosquito bites as for dengue. See travel health reports and our Fact Sheets for further information.
During check-in, The agent did not specifically mention my status, although she did confirm that I wanted the bonus points for my on-property perk, and she also offered me a bottle of water. I did not receive an upgrade, and I did not receive the room type in my profile. I had reserved a room with two queen beds, because there were no king bed rooms available when I made the reservation. King study rooms were available, and I did not receive an upgrade to one of those (even after the agent offered to let me switch rooms).
Zika virus infections acquired locally have been reported from Brazil for the first time ever in 2015. Zika virus is a virus that is transmitted by mosquito bites. Symptoms are similar (but usually milder) than those seen with dengue. Prevention is by protection against mosquito bites as for dengue.
Malaria cases have been reported on Saibai and Dauan in the Torres Strait, leading authorities to limit travel between Papua New Guinea and the Torres Strait Islands effective as of 28 March 2011. Travel that is covered by the Torres Strait Treaty will not be affected. Seven cases of malaria have been diagnosed on Saibai Island, with the last case diagnosed on 10 April 2011. The risk of spread of malaria to the mainland of Australia is low. Antimosquito measures are recommended for travellers to the region. See the personalised Travel Health Reports and Fact Sheets for further information.
The cause of the disease outbreak in the central rural region of Artibonite was confirmed as cholera and, as of 12 November 2010, the outbreak had spread to other parts of Haiti including the capital, Port au Prince, and one of the main offshore islands (La Gonave). At 30 November 2010, the outbreak was widespread with over 70,000 cases and almost 2,000 deaths having been reported since the outbreak was first detected in mid-October 2010. Vaccination is recommended for humanitarian & aid workers & persons in close contact with local populations, but be aware that safe food & water precautions are paramount in cholera prevention. See the personalised Travel Health Reports and Fact Sheets for further information.