Huckabee Joins Alabama Governor in Calling for Ban on Travel to Aruba

NOVEMBER 29, 2005 - Posted at 2:09 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Mike Huckabee today said he is joining with Alabama Governor Bib Riley in requesting that Arkansans consider avoiding travel to the Carribean island of Aruba on behalf of the family of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway.

"I have received a letter from Governor Riley explaining the situation and requesting that I join him in urging this boycott, and I agreed," said Huckabee.  "Out of respect for the Holloway family, including several members who live here in Arkansas, and out of concern for the safety of our citizens, I believe the prudent course of action is to avoid travel to Aruba for the time being."  Natalee Holloway's father is from Bono, and several members of the Holloway family live in northeast Arkansas.

Recently, Riley publicly urged all Americans to refrain from travel to Aruba in an attempt to force the Aruban government to be more forthcoming with information on the investigation.  On November 18, he sent a letter to each of the nation's governors requesting that they join him in urging a travel boycott to Aruba.

Riley said in his letter, "The point has now been reached where Aruban authorities are no longer communicating with Natalee's family and are not providing information about the status of the investigation into her disappearance.  This is unacceptable to me as their governor, and it should be unacceptable to all Americans."

Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared on May 30 while vacationing in Aruba with her recently graduated high school class.