Video Contest Winner Starts His Aruba Adventure!

The winner of the 2012 video contest has arrived in Aruba and is very excited to begin his total Aruba experience!

Between August and October of 2012 held an online video contest with the theme “What would YOU do to get to Aruba?”. The first prize that David Kohlmeier from Austria has won is a vacation for two including airfare credit of US$1,000 offered by, a 6-night stay at Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Casino, a 1-week Car Rental offered by Budget Car Rental, dinners at Simply Fish, Las Ramblas, El Gaucho, Matthew’s, Papillon and the Blue Lobster, and enough activities to fill the vacation such as a De Palm Sightseeing Tour, Pelican Adventures Sail and Snorkel Cruise, Horseback Riding Tour from Rancho La Ponderosa and a Kayak Tour offered by Aruba Kayak Adventures.

Thanks to all the participating sponsors David Kohlmeier from Austria has received his Gift Certificates for tons of stuff to do in Aruba. It’s no wonder that upon receiving the gifts David exclaimed “This is the biggest prize I have ever won!”.

David has come to Aruba armed with two Go-Pro cameras and other photographic equipment and we are sure he will be documenting every minute of his super vacation to further expose Aruba to the as-yet-untapped Austrian market!

In fact, most of David’s circle of 800 or so Facebook friends have never even heard of Aruba, so it is a great opportunity for them to learn about the island, and what it is about, and get extremely tempted to visit! David told us “My friends didn’t know where Aruba was, until this contest.  At least now +/- 800 of my friends know where the island is located.” One of David’s childhood friends, Achim Passath, was lucky enough to be asked to join the trip, and he too had never heard of the destination before.

David is an avid videographer, enjoying a strong following on YouTube with around 10,000 subscribers. Upon seeing his video and looking Aruba up, many commented that Aruba is a beautiful place that they were not previously aware of and would like to visit some day too. David’s video was well produced and acted out, with some original and noir bits to it as well, but all tongue-in-cheek and creatively composed. At time of writing this release, his video had garnered over 190,000 views! To see David’s winning entry, visit

David decided to get a preview of Aruba before his actual prize vacation started and arrived in Aruba ahead of time, on April 22nd, and spent a few days exploring on his own before checking into the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, on April 25t.

You can follow updates of David’s Aruba trip on the VisitAruba Facebook page at!