Hilton Naples Announces A Commissioned Holiday Themed Sand Sculpture Under Way

A Sand Sculpture Will Welcome Guests and Local Community of Hilton Naples Throughout the Holiday Season

This information originated in American English.

November 20, 2012

NAPLES, Fla. - Hilton Naples today announced they commissioned a holiday themed sand sculpture in their lobby for the holidays.

A story of a mythical holiday in Naples, Florida will emerge in the lobby of Hilton Naples this week. Two master sculptors will spend the next three days turning piles of sand into a magnificent seven foot tall crowd-wowing statement of art. The sculpture, slated to be completed on Wednesday evening, will stand front and center in the lobby to greet guests of Hilton Naples and Shula's Steak House.

"We wanted to show our appreciation to the entire community for their support of Hilton Naples and Shula's Steak House so we commissioned a unique sculpture that will be created with a magical holiday theme," Clark Hill, general manager said. "We invite everyone to stop by and enjoy the festivities surrounding the sculpture as we celebrate the season".

Hilton Naples worked in conjunction with the Sand Lovers, a company specializing in Master/Professional Sand Sculpting and Event Management to handpick the award-winning champion artists, Bouke Atema from Germany and Joris Kivits from Portugal. Both artists are currently competing in the 26th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship in Fort Myers Beach.

For onlookers, it's a spectacle to watch Atema and Kivits work together to create the custom sand sculpture. Over the next three days, guests who enter the lobby will be greeted by the artists while in their "sandbox" with their own version of sand tools including the ever present chisel, pointed trowel and corded blowtube. The sand creation will feature a mythical version of Santa Claus, a replica of Hilton Naples and many of the sea life creatures found in the waters off the beaches in Naples.

"We were looking for a fun way to capture memories of Naples for our guests to reflect back on their time spent here during the holiday season," said Niccole Neebling, director of sales, catering & marketing. "Our hope is that both our hotel guests and our local community use our sand sculpture as a backdrop for their holiday photos and share the experience via facebook, twitter and other social media outlets. "

Hilton Naples invites the local community to stop by and witness the creation of the spectacular sculpture. While taking in the show, enjoy the holiday signature libation, the Sand-tini. One dollar from every Sand-tini sold through December 14, 2012 will be donated to the Marine Corps League of Naples Toys for Tots Campaign.

About Hilton Naples
Hilton Naples is a full service, four diamond luxury hotel in Naples Florida. Only 30 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), the hotel is near shopping, dining, attractions and one-half mile from the beautiful beaches in Naples. Hilton Naples is a popular venue for both business and leisure travel, offering 18,000 square feet of corporate meeting space with a full conference, catering and audio-visual team. Guests of Hilton Naples enjoy complimentary wireless high speed internet access as well as free-of-charge on-site garage parking. Hotel amenities include the award winning Shula's Steak House, heated, tropical pool with waterfall, hot tub, 24-hour business center and fitness center. For more information visit http://www.naples.hilton.com. Media can download images and access additional information at http://news.hilton.com/naples.


Clark Hill
General Manager, Hilton Naples
+1 239 430 4900

Niccole Neebling
Hilton Naples
+1 239 659 3132

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