Saturday, May 18, 2013
ORANJESTAD - This past weekend De Palm Island launched an activity that encourages family fun for all ages: SNUBA Doo®. Like SNUBA (SNorkeling + scUBA diving) for adults, SNUBA Doo® allows for 4-7 year olds to participate in a unique underwater experience. The specialized gear for kids is designed so that they wear floatation devices while breathing through a 2nd stage regulator with a mouth piece that fits accordingly as they slice through the water with fitted fins.
ORANJESTAD - Princess Cruise Line, the largest provider of cruise passengers to Aruba recognizes the tour companies at the end of every cruise season whose tours scored the highest passenger ratings. Princess offers seventeen different types of tours and excursions in Aruba from seven different companies. Atlantis Submarines, owned and operated by de Palm Corporation won the Princess Cruises' high-volume tour, and De Palm Tour's Jeep Adventure won the low-volume tour award for the season. To mark this occasion, a ceremony was held yesterday on board the Crown Princess where representatives from the cruise line presented the awards to members of De Palm's staff. This is the second time Atlantis Submarines has won this award and the first time for the jeep adventure tour.
Recently, the Social Committee of De Palm Tours organized a flea market to raise money for Hende Muhe den Dificultad, a non-profit organization that assists women facing difficulties such as job loss and physical battery. Not letting rain stand in their way, the Committee, along with volunteers from numerous De Palm Tours departments, raised Afls. 3575 ($2042) for the group while hosting the event in front of the De Palm Tours main office on L.G. Smith Blvd.
At the start of the New Year, Mr. Harold Malmberg, CEO and Chairman of the Board at De Palm Tours, announced his retirement after 42 outstanding years with the company. Keeping it in the family, Mr. Malmberg passed down the reins to son Mr. Ricardo Malmberg as President and CEO of the Corporation, while daughter Ms. Lisette Malmberg will remain with a key position on the Board of Directors. Mr. Warren Stanley will continue to serve as General Manager where he oversees the day-to-day activities that are run by a professional management team. Mr. Harold Malmberg acquired the Corporation in 1971, and under his innovative and entrepreneurial leadership the company has since served Aruba in the tourism industry for both locals on and guests to the island.
ORANJESTAD - De Palm Island was busy this past weekend training its nine water staff members in water-rescue procedures. A whole day event, Amy Spagnola, the Safety Officer for De Palm Tours, headed the training by implementing drills on assisting active and inactive victims in the water. A rescue tool new to the island, the foam-composite, eleven-foot long surf board
ORANJESTAD-The buzz about De Palm Tours' new Baby Beach Jeep Safari says it is a hit. This popular excursion takes you through the island's land and sea gems, with stops at sites including the Ostrich Farm, Donkey Sanctuary, Arikok National Park, and Aruba's caves. Lunchtime on this tour is no bag lunch-it's a visit to the popular Hollywood Smokehouse Diner.
Gloria Vega is the Recipient of the First Annual Malmberg Family Award
Oranjestad -- The University of Aruba, the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies, FHTMS, is proud to announce that Gloria Vega is the winner of the first annual competition, vying for the Malmberg Family award of excellence.
The family, in conjunction with the university, decided to establish an annual contest for the best defended thesis, presented by FHTMS graduates.
As travel companies gear up for their busy Winter season months, they also reflect on accomplishments achieved in previous seasons, taking the time to acknowledge superior service levels at premier destinations.
De Palm Tours was on the receiving end of such season-end award as Thomas Cook, a giant multi-national travel organization presented compliments for a job-well-done, in a special ceremony which took place just recently.
Twelve months ago, De Palm Tours, Aruba's largest tours and transportation company made a commitment to care for the Alto Vista chapel and its environs.
The chapel and its surrounding natural garden are a historical site, and a national heritage landmark. Located on the island's North Shore the Alto Vista chapel is flanked by five, equally popular and charming inlets - bocas in Papiamento, which are frequented by locals and visitors, on island tours.
De Palm Corporation officially purchased 100% of the shares of Atlantis Submarines Aruba N.V. and took over the running of the Atlantis Aruba company as of February 1, 2011. "Atlantis is a good fit for us," said Harold Malmberg, who is chairman of the board of De Palm Corp., "because we have been selling the Atlantis products for 20 years. It was just a matter of identifying the synergies and making sure the transition into the De Palm operations went smoothly."
Over 50 years serving Aruba's tourism