Ocean Encounters, Hilton Curaçao And SUDS To Sponsor Program for Disabled Soldiers In Curaçao

This information originated in American English.

August 16, 2010

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao -  Ocean Encounters, a premier family owned and operated dive facility, in conjunction with Hilton Curaçao, will sponsor a dive program with SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba) from Oct. 13-19. The program will take place at Ocean Encounters' Hilton facilities, located on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. Accommodations and boat diving excursions will be provided to the soldiers. Other sponsors for the program include Breezes Curaçao, Curaçao Tourism Board, the USFOL and the U.S. Consulate.

SUDS is a charitable and educational non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of bettering the lives of disabled veterans through participation in SCUBA diving. Earlier this year, representatives from Ocean Encounters approached SUDS president John Thompson and SUDS representative, Carla Chatterton with the idea of bringing the group to Curaçao.

"This initiative will provide our hotel with the opportunity to give back to these heroes and we are honored to be a part of the program," said Maritza Molina, director of sales & marketing at Hilton Curaçao.

"The majority of the soldiers were severely injured during their tour of duty. This will not only be a rewarding experience for them but for all of us at Ocean Encounters," commented Christian Ambrosi, manager and owner of Ocean Encounters.

For more information about Hilton Curaçao call +5 999 462 5000 or visit www.hiltoncaribbean.com/curacao. For more information about Ocean Encounters call +5 999 461 8131 or visit www.sudsdiving.org or www.oceanencounters.com.


Christian Ambrosi, Ocean Encounters Diving
+5 999 461 8131

Maritza Molina, Hilton Curaçao
+5 999 462 5000 


About Hilton Curaçao
Hilton Curaçao boasts two white sand beaches and is set on 23 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Just five minutes from Willemstad, the island's business, cultural, and historical capital, the resort offers 196 guestrooms including 13 suites, two wheelchair accessible rooms, and two rooms for guests with allergies. All rooms feature island or stunning ocean views, private balconies, satellite television, direct dial telephone, in-room safe, coffee maker, clock radio, iron and ironing board, and high-speed Internet access in all rooms. Hilton Curaçao features the ultimate spa experience at the Color of People Spa with ocean view treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, and relaxation area. Additional facilities include, a Gold Palm PADI certified dive center, extensive water sports, a freeform infinity pool, two restaurants, two bars, weekly HHonors manager's cocktail reception, casino, the first LivingWell Health and Beach Club in the world, children's pool, and Kidz Paradise activity center.

About Ocean Encounters
Ocean Encounters is a family owned and operated diving business, and Curaçao's premier 5 Star PADI IDC and National Geographic Dive Center. With 7 custom dive boats and 6 facilities, Ocean Encounters is the biggest dive and water sport operator in Curaçao an offers a comprehensive array of diving services from all of its facilities, including boat dives, gear rental, Padi dive courses, guided shore dives, snorkel and dinner cruises, fishing charters and other water sports.

Ocean Encounters has been presented with Awards by PADI, CHATA, Sport Diver Magazine, and others for their commitment to the diving and tourism industry on Curacao.

About Curaçao
Selected as one of the top 10 Destinations for 2010 by Bing.com, Curaçao - a UNESCO World Heritage site - boasts an eclectic mix of history and culture that welcomes visitors to this unique island paradise. With its pristine dive sites, secluded beaches, championship golf and rich local cuisine, Curaçao offers a little something for everyone - from the adventure traveler to those who simply want to unwind and enjoy its perfect climate. To learn more about the island of Curaçao call toll free 1.800.328.7222 or visit Curacao.com.

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