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DEMA Announces Leap into Consumer Show Arena

(Blue Ocean Network - November 3, 2011) --- Known for its cornerstone trade-only event "DEMA SHOW", the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) announced its leap into the consumer show arena today at the annual DEMA Member Meeting and Update held at DEMA Show 2011. Executive Director Tom Ingram announced that the "Be A Diver Adventure Sports Festival" will be a city-wide consumer event that will take place April 26-28, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The Festival will be an annual event.

Avid Diver/Sailer Feared eaten by Cannibals in Marquesas Islands

(Blue Ocean Network - October 28, 2011) -- A round-the-world sailor and avid scuba diver is feared to have been eaten by cannibals during a visit to a South Sea island. Remains found in the embers of a camp fire are believed to be those of 40-year-old business adviser Stefan Ramin. He apparently arranged to go on a traditional goat hunt in the forest after dropping anchor at Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia.

Whalers Whooing Travelers with Whale Meat

(Blue Ocean Network - November 3, 2011) --  Icelandic whalers are trying to win tourists over to their point of view, offering them the chance to go to see with them, feel harpoons and eat whale meat and blubber.

Now after being alerted to the fact that whale meat is on sale at an Icelandic airport, the British Foreign Office has issued a stiff warning to Britons not to bring home any whale meat, saying to do so is in breach of international law protecting endangered species.

Bahamas New Carib Dancer added to Dancer Fleet in May 2012

(Blue Ocean Network - November 2, 2011) -- At the first day of the DEMA Show 2011, worldwide liveaboard company Dancer Fleet, has announced its latest dive yacht: The 100-foot custom luxury Carib Dancer will launch her maiden voyage May 12, 2012, allowing 14 divers to explore the best of the Bahamas each week out of Nassau each week.

Bonaire’s Hotels & Partners Plan Huge Splash with DEMA 2011 Show Specials

(Dive Travel Business - October 27, 2011) -- With many of Bonaire’s businesses offering DEMA Show specials, this year’s show floor is the ideal place for attendees to meet with Bonaire’s hoteliers and dive operators to plan and book their group travel for 2012. “We are very pleased to continue Bonaire’s tradition of a strong presence at DEMA,” said Lara Chirino, Director of Tourism. “I would like to welcome everyone to visit the Bonaire Pavilion - you’ll find us under the “Divers Paradise” license plate banners.

Shark Massacre at Malpelo Marine Sanctuary World Heritage Site.

(Blue Ocean Network - October 23, 2011) -- Colombian environmental authorities have reported a huge shark massacre in the Malpelo wildlife sanctuary in Columbia's Pacific waters, where as many as 2,000 hammerhead, Galápagos and silky sharks may have been slaughtered for their fins.

Consumption and Trust in Online/Offline Travel Info Varies by Age Survey Says

(Blue Ocean Network - October 24, 2011) -- The young have a different perspective on life in general than their elders, and this distinction carries through to the consumption -- and trust in -- travel information. Different generations trust different sources for information about destinations and travel suppliers, according to the Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2011 Portrait of American Travelers.

Hurricane Rina churns towards Cozumel, Cancun

(Blue Ocean Network - October 26, 2011) -- Mexico issued a hurricane watch along the Yucatan coast and readied 1,130 storm shelters in Quintana Roo, the state that includes Cancun and Cozumel.  Authorities are evacuating fishing communities on Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast and some tourists began to leave, as Hurricane Rina took aim at Cancun and the island of Cozumel on Wednesday. 

Bangkok's Domestic Airport Closed Due to Flooding

(Blue Ocean Network - October 26, 2011) -- Flooding in Thailand has closed Don Muang Airport, the country’s domestic airport, but the international airport, Suvarnabhumi, is assuming the domestic flights. The airport might remain closed for a week, until Tuesday Nov. 1st.  The floods across Southeast Asia that began in July 2011, due to unusually heavy Monsoon rains, have taken the lives of some 800 people and displace many more.  Floods have wreaked havoc on almost a third of Thailand.

People "Spending on their Passions" Leisure Trends Group Outdoor RetailTRAK™ Sur

(Blue Ocean Network - October 22, 2011) -- Preliminary Outdoor RetailTRAK™ data from Leisure Trends Group report that core outdoor retail sales totaled approximately $462M this September, a full $62M more dollars and a solid 17% increase over September 2010.

"This is the strongest September on record since Leisure Trends Group began tracking Outdoor Sales in 1998" states Senior Retail Analyst, Scott Jaeger, who has been with the firm since 1999.

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