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Diving the “Sea of Seven Colors” - San Andres, Columbia

(Dive Travel Business - April 3, 2014) -- One of Colombia’s best-kept secrets is a small island that is just a two-hour flight from Bogota — the island of San Andres. Part of a trio of islands with Providencia and Santa Catalina, San Andres was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000 in honor of its extensive coral reef. Fifty-seven coral species, 12 mangrove species, three marine plant species and four types of sea turtles are residents here.

China's Ancient Underwater City becomes Divers' Paradise.

(Dive Travel Business - April 2, 2014) -- An ancient Chinese city, left to ruin after a dam flooded the valley it lay in, has become a paradise for divers, after an ingenious idea from a local tourist official.

Founded more than 1300 years ago during the Tang Dynasty, the ancient city of Shi Cheng stood at the foot of the Wu Shi mountain (Five Lion Mountain) and was a cultural, political and economic hub of the region.

Palau to become 100% Marine Sanctuary

(Dive Travel Business - April 1, 2014) -- The president of the tiny nation of Palau in the Pacific Ocean has declared that the entirety of the exclusive economic zone that surrounds it will become a marine protected area: Tommy Remengesau Jr announced at a UN meeting on Healthy Oceans and Seas that all commercial fishing will be banned in the region to combat overexploitation of the world's fish populations.

Hilton Worldwide Shark Fin Free at all 645 F&B Outlets.

(Dive Travel Business - March 31, 2014) -- Tomorrow Hilton Worldwide today will cease serving shark fin and stop accepting new orders for shark fin dishes. The ban covers all restaurants and F&B facilities operated by its 96 owned and managed properties across Asia Pacific.

See St. Thomas Under the Sea

(Dive Travel Business - Friday March 28, 2014) --The experts at the award-winning St. Thomas Diving Club at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort will lead guests to some of the US Virgin Islands’ most amazing dive sites, from plunging walls to shipwrecks to colorful coral reefs home to more than 500 species of fish.

Available now through August 31, 2014, the Stay & Dive package includes:

Dive Komodo this July on the Arenui with Liveaboard Adventures

(Dive Travel Business - March 27, 2014) -- It isn’t often the liveaboard dive specialists at Liveaboard Adventures have space on an upcoming departure that isn’t at least a year away.

The Guardian of the Reef to be Welcomed at his Permanent Underwater Home

(Dive Travel Business - March 26, 2014) -- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – He has traveled thousands of miles to arrive in Grand Cayman, and on Saturday, April 12 the bronze sculpture Guardian of the Reef will be sunk at his permanent home on a sandy flat at 60f/18m off the island’s Northwest Point.

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.

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.

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.

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