(April 10, 2008 - Modern Agent) -- SMART, the St. Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow, is returning to the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin, May 20-22, for its seventh consecutive year.
Designed to showcase the islands of the northeastern Caribbean, which include Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts & Nevis, Barbados and St. Maarten/St. Martin, the event provides buyers and sellers within the tourism industry a venue to network and negotiate future business opportunities.
The SMART tradeshow will take place over the three-day period at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, which is located near the Princess Juliana International Airport. The show will offer inspections of select area properties; pre and post event tours of St. Maarten/St. Martin as well as area islands; guided tours of the newly refurbished Princess Juliana Airport; area updates on regional travel and island hopping opportunities and networking events with area/regional hoteliers and tour operators. Visit www.shta.com. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - April 8, 2008 -- Tourism Corporation Bonaire announced the program highlights for Bonaire Dive Into Summer 2008 (June 1 through Sept. 30). The program offers visitors the flexibility to enjoy their planned vacation on-island, and as an added bonus, the option to take part in interactive dives and seminars.
As a focal point destination for the International Year of the Reef, all of the summer activities in Bonaire will incorporate reef-friendly practices to increase awareness and understanding of coral reefs, and to further conserve and manage coral reef and associated ecosystems. read more »
(March 3, 2008 - DTN) -- The Kenya Tourist Board reported that a power-sharing agreement was signed between the country’s two political leaders, President Kibaki and Raila Odinga, to end the political impasse following the disputed elections two months ago and to restore peace and harmony to Kenya. The power-sharing agreement brings the two opposing sides together in a coalition government on terms agreeable to all, allowing the country to recover from the trauma and civil unrest which followed the announcement of the election results last December.
The Kenya Tourist Board reports the security situation throughout Kenya is calm and peaceful in all areas with a mood of relief and celebration following the announcement of the power-sharing agreement. The U.S. State Department has updated travel information for Americans traveling to Kenya at travel.state.gov. In addition, travelers can visit the U.S. Embassy site in Nairobi at kenya.usembassy.gov. US travelers into Kenya should register through the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi at: http://travelregistration.state.govread more »
(Dive Travel Business News - January 18, 2008) --The Micronesian Shark Foundation (MSF) will hold it sixth annual shark week at the Fish n Fins dive shop, in Palau between March 27 and April 3, 2008.
The Micronesian Shark Foundation is a Palauan-based, non-profit foundation whose goal is to research and monitor the many sharks of Palau as well as scientific shark data collection. Between February and April, hundreds of grey reef sharks migrate to the waters of Palau to mate. This generates a fabulous opportunity for shark lovers to dive with the world famous sharks of Palau and to participate in data collection. Following a dedicated day of shark diving, a full evening’s program of shark themed seminars and activities are conducted at the dive shop. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - June 13, 2008) — Bonaire's program for International Year of the Reef (IYOR) Week, part of Bonaire “Dive Into Summer 2008″ will feature activities, seminars, prizes and giveaways. Each day of IYOR Week offers visitors to Bonaire the flexibility to enjoy their planned vacation on island, and the option to take part in interactive dives and seminars.
The Coral Reef Alliance’s Program manager, Bryan Dias and EarthEcho International’s co-founders, Janice and Alexandra Cousteau, will lead specialized dives and conservation-related seminars throughout the week at Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, the host hotel of IYOR Week, and other Bonaire locations. read more »
(May 29, 2008 - DTN) --The Caribbean’s longest running scuba diving festival,Dominica’s Dive Fest is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the annual event to take place July 11 – 20,2008.
Many of Dominica’s dive centres are offering a ‘buy seven, get one free’ offer on diving and accommodation packages during Dive Fest. These include: Dive Dominica and Castle Comfort Lodge, Nature Island Dive and Evergreen Hotel, Al Dive, Sunset Bay Club, Cabrits Dive Centre and Anchorage Hotel & Dive Centre. Full terms and conditions, available dates, plus details of other special offers can be found at www.dominicawatersports.com.read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - January 17, 2008) -- The Fiji Islands Visitors Bureau launched a new website www.fijime.com. The website features an interactive map with search functionality for accommodation, activities and events.
The new website, which the bureau says also offers advertising and promotional opportunities to its Fiji partners, includes microsites for niche markets including weddings and honeymoons, dive, adventure, Fiji’s culture, affordable travel and the meetings, incentives and conference market, known as MICE.
The site also features an extensive tourism resources section, a high-resolution visual image/pictorial gallery for downloading and a streaming video library, as well as visitor testimonials and a print media section. For more information, visit www.fijime.com.
(May 30, 2008 - PlanetArk.com) -- Palau, the tiny Western Pacific Island nation is a place that has gained a lot of attention in recent years since being named one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World.
These are areas that marine researchers have deemed worthy of protection because of their rich underwater life. As a result, Palau has gained a lot of attention as a great place for divers interested in seeing one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Despite the efforts made to protect the area, Palau may end up changing significantly or disappearing altogether as a direct result of global warming.
Palau recently branded the Earth Summit a disappointment in fighting global warming, saying climate change was a growing threat to its people and myriad rare species.
But tiny Palau, which says it has more species of wildlife by area than any other nation, said it would not join the Pacific state of Tuvalu in a planned lawsuit blaming the United States for rising temperatures. read more »