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According to the trade registry ordinance, art. 4, every business in Aruba, whether a sole proprietorship, a legal entity, or a branch of a foreign legal entity, is required to register at the Aruba Chamber of Commerce within one week after their commercial activities have begun (NL). 

The process required

Depending on the legal form selected, the method to be followed in order to open a tourism business in Aruba may change:

Business permit

Before beginning their operations, businesses must get a business license in accordance with the Ordinance on the Establishment of Businesses. The only exception to the need for a business license is a sole proprietorship or general partnership made up of adults who were born in Aruba and have Dutch nationality. In any other circumstance, a business license is necessary. After hearing from the Aruba Chamber, the Department of Economic Affairs issues the company license. The Chamber will take into account its Business Establishment Ordinance Guidelines, which were created to assist the Chamber in this matter. In accordance with the Guidelines, the Chamber will advise the Minister positively or negatively regarding the issuance of a business license to a corporation in which at least 60% of the shares are owned by locals, or by someone who has the same status as a local, or to a legal entity that has been incorporated under Aruban law and whose shareholders are all locals.

Choose the area of tourism you want to concentrate on

When it comes to starting a tourism-related business, you have a number of options to consider:

Service for moving people

This industry deals with getting visitors to, from, and around the tourist site.

Travel companies

Travel agencies serve as a one-stop shop for all aspects of traveling, including lodging, meals, and activities.

Tourism management organization

 A DMC specializes in the planning and execution of events, activities, tours, transportation, and program logistics, and has substantial local knowledge, skills, and resources.


Hotels, guesthouses, bed & breakfasts, hostels, rental homes, lodges, and any other accommodations that travelers might utilize are included in this category.

Tourist guides and guided tours

A tourism company that specializes in giving educational and entertaining tours of a region’s local attractions is a guided tour service or professional tourist guide.


A hospitality business is any restaurant or bar that visitors might frequent.

Consider your geographical location

Local tourist attractions might provide you with a solid idea of what would and wouldn’t create a profitable tourism business. For instance, guided winery tours, local bed & breakfasts, and airport transportation services are all potential business possibilities if your area is remote from the population and abundant with wineries.

Analyze the opposition

Before deciding which tourism-related business is best for you, do an extensive study on the local tourism industry. You should pick a less-crowded area of the tourism industry where you can make a valuable contribution.

Create a business plan 

The following sections should be included in your business plan, which is the blueprint for your tourism company:

A brief summary

Provide a brief description of your company’s goals, name, location, personnel requirements, management team, industry, competitors, marketing strategy, and projected profits.

Summary of the tourism industry

This should include information about the ownership structure of the company and the prerequisites for starting it up (funding, assets, and location). either goods or services. You must describe the goods and/or services your company will offer to tourists.

Research about the market

Give details about your competition and target market. Commercial tourism strategy. Describe your business’s operations, marketing strategy, and proposed prices for your goods and services.

Financial overview

Describe your estimates for the costs and revenue of your company.