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Curacao Island News



Hello, and welcome to the first issue of Curaçao's monthly newsletter!

In this newsletter, you'll find the latest news from the island, as well as information on recent and upcoming events and information that will help you to discover Curaçao - the Caribbean's hidden treasure.

Hot Deals

Curaçao’s $500,000 Treasure Hunt
Curaçao is giving away $500,000 to one lucky winner of its on-island Treasure Hunt later this year. In a bid to increase the awareness of Curaçao in the US Market and to ultimately drive more American consumers to the island, the Curaçao Tourist Board is giving away 70 trips per day to the island. This will be administered through a dedicated microsite which will go live on March 16th. In addition, 10 online winners will be given the chance to travel to Curaçao to participate in an island-wide Treasure Hunt. The Grand Prize winner will take home a half million dollars. The campaign will be launched on March 16th with a number of high-profile media and consumer events sure to get the public’s attention. Curaçao Treasure Hunt. Look for it soon!

Curaçao Now is Back
Curaçao's popular and successful "Curaçao Now" promotion is back for a second year, with deals worth over $700 being offered by the island's government agencies, hoteliers, car rental agencies, and dive and tour operators.

During the promotion, travelers to Curaçao will again be able to enjoy valuable savings on their vacation packages. The 2009 Booking Windows are January 15 to March 15, 2009 and May 15 to July 15, 2009. Travel Periods are May 1 to July 1, 2009 and August 15 to December 15, 2009.

Travelers who book their trips to Curaçao during the selected time periods will be eligible for a $100 per person credit on airline tickets; $140 food & beverage credit; free nights at a participating hotels; a free dive day; a free car rental day; discounted admission to Curaçao's many museums; half price attractions, tours and transfers and high value shopping discounts in downtown Willemstad. Go to to learn more.

Renaissance Sneak Peek Rate
The brand new Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino is offering a 'Sneak Peek' Opening Special through April 15. The Sneak Peek rate starts at $199 per night (exclusive of tax) - more than a 40% savings!

Avila 60 Rate
The Avila Hotel is offering the Avila 60 special - $60 off the rack rate per night. Regularly $280 (double occupancy) per night is now $220, so for a week's stay a traveler would save $420.00!

Island News

Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino Makes Its Official Debut
The Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino made its official debut on February 1, 2009, representing the newest full-service, branded resort to open on Curaçao in more than 15 years. Located on Willemstad's picturesque historic waterfront and connected to the legendary Rif Fort, a 19th century landmark and UNESCO World Heritage site, the resort boasts 237 rooms and suites, including 14 suites and two, one-bedroom Majestic Suites. These large corner suites are located on the top floor and offer spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, the historic stately bridge, the 'Swinging Old Lady' and 'Handelskade,' Willemstad's famed harbor front street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings. The Majestic Suites also feature a lounge area with flat screen television, a reading area, dining area and separate bedroom. The suites have a fully-equipped bathroom with separate shower and whirlpool bath plus a separate half-bath. On the spacious balcony guests can relax while enjoying amazing views of the surrounding area. The Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino, which seamlessly blends contemporary Caribbean style and traditional European design, offers nightlife, entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping all in one place. For more information, visit

Avila Hotel Celebrates 60th Anniversary
The timeless Avila Hotel celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, making it Curaçao's oldest hotel in continuous operation. While the old Governor's Mansion, dating back to the late 1780s, remains the heart of Avila, significant changes have taken place on the premises since it opened as a modest 45-room family hotel in 1949. Today, Avila has 150 guest rooms and has opened its latest addition - the Santai Spa and wellness center - earlier this month. "With the completion of our new spa we are confident that Avila has all the facilities needed to be able to offer our guests the service they expect from a first class hotel in 2009," said Director of Commerce Tone Moller. For more information visit

New Pool Makes Debut at Lions Dive & Beach Resort
Last month, a brand new 50-meter training pool at Lions Dive & Beach Resort officially opened. The pool, named in honor of the famed U.S. swimming coach Doug Stern, is the first of its kind in the Caribbean. The pool was dedicated by neurologist and bestselling author Oliver Sacks in the company of the entire Doug Stern Swimming Clinic, of which Oliver Sacks has been a member for a number of years. "This pool, in combination to the other great facilities we have available, makes Lions Dive a complete training resort, welcoming divers, mountain bikers, cyclists, swimmers, exercise enthusiasts and all others with an active lifestyle," said G
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