Aruba Serves Up an Amazing 2007 Calendar of Events
Bursting With Incredible To-Do's!
2007 Boasts Carnival Celebrations, Music Festivals, Volunteer Programs,
Sporting Events, Gaming Extravaganzas & More
Oranjestad, Aruba "“ January 12, 2007 "“ Aruba kicks off 2007 with an exhilarating calendar full of to-do's sure to thrill the island's new visitors and loyal devotees alike! The lineup includes new and improved activities and attractions, incredible music festivals, thrilling sporting events, unique volunteer programs, spectacular gaming extravaganzas, major tourism industry conferences and much more.
"We are very much looking forward to an exciting and successful 2007. The island is again offering travelers an extremely comprehensive calendar of events designed to meet the needs of our diverse travelers," said Minister of Tourism and Transportation, Edison Briesen. "In 2007, the island will finalize major investments and expansions to the tourism sector. These developments will reinforce the quality of travel offerings and enhance travelers' experiences while they are on island."
Following is a highlight of Aruba's 2007 notable events:
January 1 "“ February 20 "“ Aruba's 53rd Carnival Celebration
The year starts off right with the island's biggest party serving up "jump-ups" (street parties), parades and contests. Thousands of people from across the island participate in this magical event.
January 14 – 16 "“ Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) Marketplace
The island is hosting the 28th Annual Caribbean Marketplace. Caribbean Marketplace attracts nearly 2000 industry professionals including noteworthy hoteliers from the region, representatives from nearly 200 international tour operators, ministers and directors of tourism from other Caribbean destinations and nearly 50 members from the worldwide travel press.
February 17 "“ Jouvert Morning
Carnival’s biggest “jump-up," this extravaganza features local musical bands on floats making their way through the streets of San Nicolas (Aruba's oldest city.) The parade starts in the middle of the night and continues until sunrise.
February 20 "“ Old Mask Parade and the Burning of King Momo
The burning of "King Momo" is an Aruban tradition that symbolizes the finale of Carnival.
March 18 "“ National Anthem and Flag Day
This year Aruba celebrates the 30th anniversary of the island's Flag and Anthem Day with nationalistic shows and folkloric presentations.
April 27- 28 "“ Garage Centraal Extravaganza Drag Race
The Aruba Drag Race Foundation (ADRF) celebrates 23 years of drag racing on the island with this spectacular international event.
June 27 – July 3 "“ 21st Annual Aruba Hi-Winds Amateur World Challenge
One of the most celebrated amateur windsurfing competitions in the world happens in Aruba with participation from a number of countries. Windsurfers, depending on skill level and age, can compete in six different categories: men, women, juniors, masters, super masters and free style.
July 6 – 7 "“ 18th Heineken Music Festival
This live concert, which features bands from Caribbean and Latin America, teems with energy and is loaded with excitement. Past appearances have included Elvis Crespo, Eddy Herrera and other popular Latin American stars.
July 6 – 7 "“ 14th Annual Aruba Reef Care Project
Aruba is known for its annual marine environment awareness efforts. This campaign, which allows volunteers to participate, focuses on the preservation of clean underwater sites and the island's beaches.
August 23 – 27 "“ 12th Aruba International Pro-Am Golf Tournament
Professional and amateur golfers team up in a two-day, 36-hole tournament featuring gifts, prizes and special events.
September 25 – October 2 "“ UlitmateBet.com Aruba Poker Classic and Blackjack
A no limit Texas Hold’em Poker and Blackjack tournament brings together sun seekers and card-sharks from all over the world will to compete for millions of dollars. Prior celebrity participants have included Ben Affleck and Jennifer Tilly.
October 5 – 6 "“ Sixth Annual Aruba Music Festival
This two-day star-studded concert, taking place Columbus Day weekend, in the past has included performances by Lionel Richie, STYX, Peter Frampton, John Mayer and more.
November 2 – 4 "“ Aruba Beach Tennis International Championships
Aruba is among the first to host an international beach tennis tournament and the island was the birthplace of the sport.
"We are thrilled about Aruba's 2007 roster of event as it truly offers up something for all of the island's wide ranging visitors," said managing director for the Aruba Tourism Authority, Myrna Jansen. "From vibrant Carnival celebrations and renowned music festivals to outstanding sporting events and educational volunteer initiatives, the island's 2007 is sure to be a hit."
For more information on Aruba's 2007 Calendar of Events, please call 1.800.TO.ARUBA or visit www.aruba.com.