(Dive Travel Business News - May 1, 2012) -- Popular Dive Hotel in St Thomas USVI, the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort has partnered with the Humane Society of St. Thomas for an island pet adoption program. Guests who “Paws for Vacation” and adopt a cat or dog from the Humane Society of St. Thomas will receive a 30% discount on the room-only plan in both Oceanview and Beachfront rooms, located just steps from the sand.
Available CATS and DOGS can be viewed at the Humane Society of St. Thomas website. On the first day of the guest's vacation, the resort also provides complimentary roundtrip taxi to the Humane Society of St. Thomas to meet the new furry family member and begin the adoption process. The process typically takes three business days. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - March 10, 2011) -- According to Thomas Stanley, chief head and chief operating of tour operator Cox & Kings USA, travelers are seeking more value and more unique experiences during their vacations. Here we've outlined some of the top travel trends Stanley cited for 2011.
1. Multi-Destination Vacations
Stanley believes that because clients have become more interested in experiencing multiple cultures, cuisines, etc. during their vacations, multi-destination traveling affords travelers the opportunity to discover exactly what they want from a combination of countries. Instead of visitng one dive destination, dive travelers are looking for combinations that are convenient , offer exceptional diving yet won't break the bank - such as a Saba/Statia dive vacation.
(Dive Travel Business News - October 20, 2010) -- Palau Pacific Resort is a 5 Star Resort tropical getaway in Micronesia on the western shore of Arakebesang Island, Koror, Republic of Palau. Awarded “2007 Best Dive Resort in Asia” by World Travel Awards and 2010 Best Diving Resort by Dive & Travel Awards, Palau Pacific Resort is an island haven for divers and non-divers alike.
The Palau Pacific Resort is nestled in 64 acres of lush tropical gardens on a pristine white sand beach. This luxury resort features 160 rooms decorated in an island motif setting including amenities of a world class resort. Palau Pacific Resort offers an array of leisure activities and resort facilities right on the property making it convenient for staying guests.
The resort's 2011 Stay-Dive-Spa Package 2011 includes diving with Splash, a PADI 5-Star Dive Center and Photo service located at the resort, and the ultimate Spa treatment, Mandara Massage, at the Elilai Spa by Manadara, also located at the resort. read more »
(DiveTravelBusinessNews.com -- January 16, 2010) -- Known by divers for such wonders as the humuhumu-nukunuku-a-pua’a – Hawaii’s state fish, Hawaii offers more than undersea adventures. The Telegraph provides tips for topside activities on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island in this recent article by Alexandra Ferguson. Also available are resource links.
(May 6, 2008 - Modern Agent) -- This is an excerpt from an editorial by James Ruggia of Modern Agent:
The Cayman Islands famous dive market is going through unusual times as PADI is reporting a decrease in the number of people taking the course for scuba certification.
But dive operators here are seeing a possible return to the Caribbean by divers as more exotic dive locales are priced out of the market. “Such exotic destinations as Fiji, Tahiti and Palau were doing well until about six months ago,” says Yvonne Oyler, a dive travel specialist with Cape Coral, Fla.-based Aqua Dreams Travel. “As the fear of a slowing economy took roost we’ve seen those travelers come back to the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands has great beaches, solid infrastructure, shopping, easy air access and really great diving. So it appeals to divers and their non-diving spouses.”
The Cayman Islands dive market, which is naturally attracted to the superb reefs and the far ranging visibility under water, is also trending away from strictly diving towards soft adventure activities ranging from deep-sea fishing to sea-kayaking. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - May 13, 2008) -- Singles Travel International created a social networking website that helps single travelers find a travel companion, get to know group trip members before the trip, and stay in touch with friends from previous trips. The social network community for single travelers is at www.singlestravelintl.com.
Applying Facebook-style networking to single travel lets Singles Travel Community members post personal profiles including photos, find people with similar travel interests in their neighborhood or worldwide, or find a compatible roommate for a group trip. This is a bonus for single divers looking for a dive buddy or someone to share savings on dive packages typically sold based on double occupancy. read more »
(March 28, 2008 - DTN) -- Are you planning a family dive trip with non-diving children? TripAdvisor has conducted a family travel survey of more than 2,400 respondents worldwide, and discovered that more than half of travelers surveyed (51 percent) said money is the biggest barrier when it comes to taking family vacations.
The hardest part of taking a family vacation is staying on budget, according to nearly one-third (30 percent) of respondents who take trips with their children. Forty percent of travelers said they sometimes include the grandparents on a family vacation and 10 percent of those travelers said it’s so they can pay part or all of the tab (beyond their own expenses). Sixty-three percent of respondents with children sometimes leave the kids behind when it comes to leisure trips. Forty percent of travelers surveyed said they are willing to leave their children at a kids’ program while on vacation.
(May 14, 2008 - DTN) -- Couples who enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling will want to check out the latest offering from Antigua and Barbuda: This two-island dive destination will host its first International Music Festival, Romantic Rhythms June 12 to 15.
The Ministry of Tourism and its travel partners will launch a special promotion called “Kiss and Make Up in Antigua and Barbuda” that offers discounted summer rates and a range of packages that include air, accommodations, concert tickets and other entertainment. Visitors can also receive a $100 credit to be used towards this romantic experience. Delta Airlines will begin non-stop service from New York’s JFK on June 12 with service on Thursdays and Sundays. Visit www.antiguamusicfestival.com.
(February 27, 2008 - DTN) -- Here’s a way to add value to your Jazz-loving divers' and snorkelers' vacations: Tell them about the 17th anniversary of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, slated for May 2-May 11. This year’s festival includes the Jonathan Butler, Dianne Reeves, Dionne Warwick, Ledisi and Angie Stone, along with the musical talents of instrumental performers such as the Juilliard Quartet, featuring Ron Blake, Eddie Henderson, Carl Allen, Ben Wolfe and more.
St. Lucia’s 10-day jazz celebration marks a return to the festival’s core by focusing more on the straight jazz category. In addition, the festival will have multiple complimentary daily shows of acoustic, new age, jazz, soul, fusion and R&B sounds held in a variety of locations and venues around the island, including Jazz on the Square in Castries and Fond d’Or Jazz in Dennery. Call 888-4-ST-LUCIA or visiit: StLuciaJazz.org or StLucia.org.
(Dive Travel Business News - February 26, 2008) -- With more water lovers adding rounds of golf to their surface intervals, we’ve been getting questions about where to find golf travel information. We found an excellent source at ForbesTraveler.com called the Golf Deluxe Guide. An expert panel of golf professionals contributed to the guide, including journalists, course designers and travel agents. It features articles, videos, slideshows and maps, plus a “gear guide” offering the year’s best gadgets. Both you and your client will find valuable information at: ForbesTraveler.com/golf.html.