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Curacao’s annual dive festival attracts thousands of divers to the island, many of them in time to save hundreds of dollars during this year’s Curacao Now promotion

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – March 3, 2009 – Known for its superior dive sites, experienced dive instructors and well-respected dive schools, Curaçao has, for many years, been a top destination for divers all over the world. Those divers will be on-island again this year for the annual Curaçao Dive Festival from May 23-30, 2009. Not only will they enjoy great workshops and speakers, but this year’s Dive Festival will also run in tandem with Curaçao Now, the island’s twice-yearly promotion that offers discounts on everything from hotels and car rentals to shopping and dive sessions.

In addition, this year the Dive Festival welcomes several well-respected figures in the dive community who will speak on a variety of subjects: Professional photographer, publisher of popular underwater images and co-author of the “Images” column in Sport Diver magazine, Jason Heller; President of Oceans for Youth Foundation and experienced Dive Instructor and Trainer, Captain Wayne Hasson; and airbrush painter and instructor of the Marine Art Paintbrush sessions during the Dive Festival, Peter Evers.

“Everyone in Curaçao looks forward to the Curaçao Dive Festival. It’s a time when we can show off all of the great attributes that make Curaçao a top-notch dive destination,” notes Brenda Benjamin, Director of Marketing for the Curaçao Tourism Corporation. “This year’s Dive Festival runs concurrent with our well-received Curaçao Now promotion that allows divers to save over $700 on their trip. There’s never been a better time to visit Curaçao.”

In order to take advantage of Curaçao Now savings, divers and travelers to Curaçao should book their travel between now and March 15, 2009. Travel to the island must take place May 1 to July 1, 2009. Travelers who book their trips to Curaçao during the selected time period will be eligible for these savings:

·         A $100 per person credit on airline tickets

·         Free nights at a participating hotel

·         $140 food & beverage credit

·         A free dive day

·         A free car rental day

·         Discounted admission to Curaçao’s many museums

·         Half price attractions, tours and transfers

·         High value shopping discounts in downtown Willemstad


Stretching across the entire south coast, Curaçao has over 60 identified dive sites. Curaçao is known for its stunning coral reefs that draw divers from Europe, the U.S. and other Caribbean islands. The island’s coral reefs have been compared to beautiful gardens, with delicate corals that are home to brightly colored tropical fish and other marine life. For more information on the Curaçao Dive Festival, visit


Curaçao Tourism Corporation
(973) 353-6200

Andrea Thompson                                                                  

Hill & Knowlton SAMCOR                                        


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