Committees

In 2001 AHATA founded the AHSF with the strategic assistance of the Aruba Police Department, with the purpose to address safety and security in tourism.

Our mission is to consistently develop facilitate strategic hospitality and security initiatives through sustainable partnerships in the public and private sectors that are designed to keep Aruba safe, secure and environmentally friendly.

The first project was to develop a “Visibility Team” to patrol the hotel area, consisting of members of the police force, civil police officers, and private security officers.

Eventually, the AHSF transitioned from staff support to material support, by purchasing equipment for police mobility and patrolling on land and at sea, such as boats, wave-runners, vehicles and quad-racers.

The budget is currently funded by the Aruba Tourism Authority, from room taxes collected by Aruba hotels. As security continues to play an important role for tourists choosing a travel destination, safety has stepped up in the ladder in importance. In Aruba, AHSF “marries hospitality + security” to provide tourists, neighbors and citizens with a great place to visit and live.

AHSF Board

  • Tisa LaSorte – Chairperson (CEO AHATA)
  • Raymond Habibe – Treasurer (Director of Finance Marriott Aruba)
  • Michelle de Groot – Secretary (ATIA)
  • Andrew Hoo – Director (Chief of Police, Aruba)
  • Patrick Melchiors – Director (ATA)
  • Andy Osbourne – Director (ATSA)
  • Paul Seute – Director (AHATA – Tropicana Resort)



The AHATA Environmental Committee has been active for approximately twenty years. The committee consists of volunteers from member companies, including hotels and the goal is to create as much awareness as possible in the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, among the hotels, government and the public in general.

The committee also organizes the annual AHATA Coastal Clean Up. 

Committee Members:

  • Vanessa Rasmussen, AHATA
  • Sylvania O’Niel, Divi Phoenix Beach Resort
  • Jamaal Solomon, Divi Aruba & Tamarijn All Inclusive
  • Astrid Muller, Caribbean Beach Village
  • Nathaly Stanley, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
  • Roy Maduro & Rebecca Maduro, Fantastic Gardens
  • Rene Leonora, Sustainable Solutions
  • Nikki Shetty, volunteer
  • Andres Montoya, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
  • Julio Wever, Ecotech
  • Daniel Aguirre & Frank Sabajo, La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino
  • Gerard Puts, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino
  • John Wardlaw & Giovanni Lew Jen Tai, University of Aruba
  • Jane Braafhart, Barceló Aruba
  • Jessica Dirkz, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
  • Urvin Leest, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
  • Walter Mohamed, Paradise Beach Villas
  • Astrid Winterdal & Miriam van de Plassche, De Palm Tours
  • Edith van der Wal, Turtugaruba
  • Nigaima Ascencion, Playa Linda
  • Sylvia Dennert, Essential Health Supplies

The AHATA Casino Committee represents the casino members in advocacy efforts.

Casino members are:

  • Tropicana Resort & Casino - Wilfred Trimon
  • The Casino @ Ritz Carlton - Axl Ismail
  • The Casino @ Hilton - Marc Charley
  • Crystal Casino - Glenn Wever
  • Seaport Casino - Queta Werleman
  • Stellaris Casino - Ben Figaroa
  • Glitz Casino - Chris Scott
  • Cool Casino - Sandro Lacle
  • The Casino @ Hyatt - Ricky Tromp
  • Liv Casino - Marc Charley
  • Alhambra Casino - Rick Ingrassia