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. In 2019 new emphasis will be made to renew the "Visibility Team" efforts in the Palm Beach and Eagle Beach areas.

The budget is currently funded by the Aruba Tourism Authority, from accommodation taxes collected from visitors to the island. 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)
  • Patrick Melchiors – Director (ATA)
  • Andy Osbourne – Director (ATSA)
  • Sue Ann Lin - AHATA (Holiday Inn)

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 4 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose, among the hotels, government and the public in general.

Committee Members:

  • Aurelia Croes, Barceló Aruba
  • Javier St Jago, Grape Holding- Divi Resorts  
  • Rodrick Croes, Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
  • Mitchell Tromp, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa
  • Dagmara Avavindra,  Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort 
  • John Wardlaw, Tropical Bottling Company
  • Astrid Winterdal,  De Palm Corporation 
  • Ryan Bareño, Marriott's Aruba Surf Club 
  • Daniel Aguirre, La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino 
  • Anoushka de Cuba, Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino
  • Julian Jaramillo, Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort 
  • Vanessa Rasmussen, Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association
  • John Wardlaw, University of Aruba 
  • Astrid Muller, Kenas
  • Edith van der Wal, Turtugaruba
  • Rene Leonora, Sustainable Solutions
  • Roy Maduro, Fantastic Gardens
  • Laura Molina, Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association

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

Casino members are:

  • The Casino @ Ritz Carlton - Axl Ismail
  • The Casino @ Hilton - Marc Charley
  • Wind Creek Crystal Casino - Glen Weber
  • Wind Creek Seaport Casino - Queta Werleman
  • Stellaris Casino - Ben Figaroa
  • Glitz Casino - Maarten Jan van Romondt
  • The Casino @ Hyatt - Ricky Tromp
  • Liv Casino - Marc Charley
  • Alhambra Casino - Johannes J. M. ten Howe
  • Orchid Casino - Urban (Lino) Croes