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Billionnaires Compete Over Protecting the Planet's Seas.

(Dive Travel Business - Monday March 24, 2014) -- Long known for their super-competitiveness in business, some of today's superrich are engaging in a far worthier competition - protecting the worlds oceans and islands.

Swiss biotech billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli appears to have the early lead having helped create two marine reserves. Chagos, in the Indian Ocean, is the biggest in the world; Turneff Atoll in Belize, although smaller, may be the more critical given that 70% of the Caribbean's reefs are threatened.

Egypt Beefs Up Security in Sharm El Sheikh

(Dive Travel Busines -- Friday March 21, 2014) -- CAIRO, Egypt - According to a new report, Egypt has seen a 28 per cent drop in tourists so far this year, when compared to 2013 figures.   One of the biggest losses was from the Asia and Pacific markets, with 42 per cent less visitors venturing to Egypt than during the same period last year.

The country's tourism sector accounts for roughly nine per cent of GDP, but has experienced several setbacks since President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in the social upheaval that marked 2011.

Travel’s Contribution to the World Economy Grows for the Fourth Year in a Row

(Dive Travel Business - Tuesday March 25, 2014) - The World Travel and Tourism Council released it’s annual economic impact report this week, and according to the WTTC’s numbers, travel — made up of airlines, airports, hospitality, cruise lines, and tech players large and small — contributed 9.5% of the world’s economy in 2013.

New "Road to Happiness" Travel Study reveals 4 parts of a happy trip

Just in time for the second annual International Day of Happiness (the March 20, 2014, United Nations-inspired celebration dedicated to spreading happiness worldwide), Monograms and Shawn Achor, positive psychology researcher and international bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage, unveil results from a NEW Road to Happiness Study.

Siren Fleet Gives Update on Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

(Dive Travel Business - March 11, 2014) -- On the 8th of November, 2013, Hurricane Haiyan swept through Philippines affecting 16 million people. Worldwide Dive and Sail's Siren Fleet has been assisting the typhoon ravaged areas of the Philippines, offering S/Y Phi Siren as a support vessel in relief efforts. Four months after the devastsation, the Fleet offers this update on the situation in the Philippines:

Search Continues for Malaysia Airlines Flight Lost Over China Sea

(Dive Travel Business - March 10, 2014) -- Two days after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER disappeared over the South China Sea, no confirmed debris from the plane had been found, and the final minutes before it disappeared remained a mystery. Flight MH370 was carrying 239 people when it left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 12:41am local time Saturday on its way to Bejing.

The plane lost contact with ground controllers at 2:40am somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam. The last radio contact and position on FlightRadar24 shows it traveling on course at 35,000 feet.

New Book is the First to Investigate the Impact of Global Tourism

(Dive Travel Business - March 7, 2014) -- Tourism, fast becoming the largest global business, employs one out of twelve persons and produces $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy. In the groundbreaking expose,  Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, journalist Elizabeth Becker investigates the effects of the world's top industry, both positive and negative, uncovering how what was once a hobby has become a colossal enterprise with profound impact on countries, the environment, and cultural heritage.

Four Killed During Antigovernment Rallies in Thailand

(Dive Travel Business - February 26, 2014) -- The Tourism Authority of Thailand 's consistent message during the political upheaval in Bangkok has been that the protests are a local affair, concentrated in a number of sites, well away from the city's most popular tourist attractions.

But all that changed over the weekend when four people were killed, including three children, and more than 50 injured at antigovernment protests in Thailand over the weekend as the country’s protracted power struggle gave rise to more violence.

Major Earthquake off Barbados: Tourists Warned to Leave Beaches

(Dive Travel Business - Feb 18, 2014) -- Residents and visitors in parts of the Caribbean, including Barbados, Martinique were literally shaken out of their sleep this morning, as an earthquake affected the islands.

A major 6.7 earthquake was measured East of the French Island of Martinique and Barbados in the Windward Island region in the Caribbean Ocean at 5.27 am local time on Tuesday.

The exact location: 14.694°N 59.015°W depth=17.5km (10.8mi)

Palau to Ban Commercial Fishing, and become 100 Percent Marine Sanctuary

(Dive Travel Business - February 14, 2014) -- The president of Palau has declared that his Pacific island nation will ban commercial fishing and become a marine sanctuary. President Tommy Remengesau Jr., announced the ban at a keynote address to a U.N. meeting on “Healthy Oceans and Seas”.

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