Aruba allowing couples to book events with pandemic postponement policy

May 14 2020, 6:38 am

The Aruba Tourism Authority is providing couples with the opportunity for a postponable booking program with a new “Happily Ever After Guarantee” to provide peace of mind for those wishing to book a wedding or honeymoon in 2021, but have concerns regarding COVID-19’s impact on future travel.

Now, couples can book their special occasions with participating hotels and resorts with the reassurance that they have the option to postpone should there be any coronavirus-related issues by supplying 30 days notice.

According to a press release, per the “Happily Ever After Guarantee” offering, weddings and honeymoons set to occur in 2021 can be postponed for up to one year from the initially planned date.

“With nearly 316 million people under lockdown in the US alone, the travel and wedding industry has been massively impacted,” CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes said in the release.

Tjin Asjoe-Croes continues that the tourism authority is empathetic to couples who have their hearts set on a destination wedding and honeymoon but are debating whether booking the event is a plausible option.

“We curated our ‘Happily Ever After Guarantee’ to offer peace of mind during these times of uncertainty for couples to start planning the wedding or honeymoon experience of their dreams on our One Happy Island,” she said.

The offer began on May 13 and will extend until the end of December 2020. Couples looking to learn of participating hotels and resorts locations can do so online. It does not extend to costs surrounding airfare and other transportation expenses.

The Government of Aruba announced a conditional re-opening of its borders for inbound travellers on May 8. At the moment, this reopening will take place between June 15 and July 1, 2020.

However, these dates may change to reflect additional precautionary protocols and government regulations.

Planning a wedding and honeymoon is stressful enough without having to worry about the logistical strains and pressures of a global pandemic looming over what is supposed to be a happy, momentous occasion.

Now, couples can take solace in having the flexibility to operate on their own terms and make the decisions regarding their trip based on what makes them feel most comfortable while focusing on what matters most, each other.