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DEAL OF THE DAY – Jamaica Vacation – 4 Nights From $399

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Jamaica Vacation
4 nights from $399*

WEB ID: 197939/GoGo

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INCLUDES 4 nights, Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 60%. UPGRADE to a Superior Room for only $16 more. Airfare Additional.

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 Travel Dates Departure City Pricing
  01 May 13  –  30 Jun 13 Land Only from $399.00*
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Sandals Caribbean Vacation Promotion

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Sandals Caribbean




  • Resort accommodations
  • All meals at up to 15 restaurants per resort
  • Unlimited premium brand drinks including Beringer® Wines
  • All land and water sports including scuba diving for certified divers
  • Red Lane® Spa options (additional cost)
  • Roundtrip airport/resort transfers
  • Resort tax and service charges
  • Entertainment and much more!

Don’t forget to get there on American Airlines

American AirlinesAmerican Airlines offers daily service from Miami
to Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia and The Bahamas
allowing for seamless connections to many US gateways.

Tours operated by Travel Impressions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. *Advertised air credits are awarded per room, per stay at all Sandals Resorts. Offer valid in all room categories with a required minimum stay of 3-,4-,5- or 6 paid nights as indicated above. The air credit is in USD, applied to air-inclusive or land only packages including taxes. Limit of one Instant Air Credit per booked room and up to two rooms allowed per booking. May not be applicable to groups. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time. †PADI dive courses and night dives additional. Blackout, weekend, holiday and peak season surcharges apply. Promotion is accurate at time of posting and is subject to changes, exceptions, cancellation charges and restrictions. Not responsible for errors or omissions in the posting of this information. Valid for new bookings only. Travel Impressions materials (including, but not limited to, names, trademark, service marks, logos, marketing materials, etc.) shall not be used, reproduced, transmitted or distributed in any way, except with the express written consent of Travel Impressions. Sandals® is a registered trademark. trc3010_sc_3/12/13

Couples Resorts $1000 Air Credit Promotion

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Contact us today for a Quote! 1.888.551.7077 or fill out form to Get A Quote!

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Hotel(s):Couples Barbados
Travel Dates:06/15/13- 10/31/13
Book By:04/03/13


$1000 Instant Air Credit Promotion
Book your stay at the new Couples Barbados for 7 nights or more and receive a $1000 instant air credit per couple.

  • Couples Barbados
  • All Room Categories
  • Booking Dates January 31, 2013 thru April 3, 2013
  • Travel for June 15 – October 31, 2013
  • No Blackout Dates
  • 7 night minimum stay
  • $1000 off per couple

Couples Barbados to Launch June 15, 2013

Effective June 15, 2013 the Casuarina Beach Resort will be rebranded as Couples Barbados® and will become the island’s first and only all-inclusive resort exclusively for adult couples. Couples Resorts will embark on a $3 million facilities and property upgrade program designed to bring the resort up to the Couples Resorts standards. The upgrades will include:

  • New décor and amenities in public areas and guest rooms
  • New pool and Jacuzzi
  • New Spa and Salon
  • New Gym with state-of-the-art equipment and designated Yoga gazebo
  • New piano bar/lounge

Couples Barbados guests will enjoy several brand standard inclusions:

  • Complimentary internet café and WIFI
  • Unlimited premium brand drinks
  • Gourmet dining options
  • 24 hour food service
  • Personalized mini-bars
  • Ipod/MP3 docking stations
  • Piano/sports bar/lounge
  • Tennis with instruction
  • All taxes and gratuities

All set in a stunning beachfront location with lush gardens certain to reignite the spark that first brought the couple together.

The FedEx Panda Express – China to Canada

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Travelers can enjoy a new Panda at the Toronto Zoo!  You can read more on Fedex blog by Kathleen McCutcheon.

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Mar 18

The FedEx Panda Express – China to Canada


Toronto panda logoThis spring the Toronto Zoo welcomes two giant pandas as part of a new giant panda conservation initiative that they entered into with China in February 2012.  This will be the first time since 1985 that pandas have visited the Toronto Zoo and will strengthen the long-term conservation partnership agreement between China and Canada.

Er Shun (female) and Da Mao (male) will arrive in late March/early April at the FedEx Express tarmac at Toronto Pearson International Airport before being carefully transported to their quarantine area at the Zoo.  These two pandas were selected to come to Canada as they are an excellent genetic match for breeding.  They will spend five years in the Toronto Zoo before residing in the Calgary Zoo for an additional five years.

We are excited to have these two pandas visit Toronto for the next five years.  More about pandas:

  • At birth they weigh only .113 kilograms (four ounces) which makes moms 900 times larger than their newborn cubs.
  • It takes four years to be able to determine whether the panda is a male or female.
  • Their diet mainly consists of bamboo and they have opposable digits to help hold the bamboo while their strong teeth chew through the tough stalks.
  •  They spend most of their time sitting and eating, but they don’t hibernate like other bears because their food source is available year-round.
  • They can swim and climb trees
  • They make a bleating sound similar to a goat or lamb.
  • The Chinese call them “Big Bear Cat” because their eyes have vertical slits, similar to a cat’s
  • As per ancient Chinese tradition cubs are not named until 100 days after birth.


All About Bamboo – March 18, 2013

One of the most important things the Toronto Zoo needed to consider for the two giant pandas that will arrive on March 25th was how to maintain their finicky diet.  The Zoo will need to supply fresh bamboo for 80-90% of the panda’s diet and leaf eater biscuits, dog chow, apples and vitamins to make up the rest.

Giant pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo, but they’re not very efficient at digesting plant materials.  Their digestive system is more similar to a carnivore’s, with large muscular walls, and because of the pandas’ lazy lifestyle, not much protein is absorbed and little energy is provided from the bamboo diet. In order to get enough nutrients pandas have to eat, on average, 14-20 kilograms of bamboo every day, which takes them approximately 10-16 hours to eat!  As a result they often defecate up to 40 times each day.

Eating this much bamboo is no simple task!  Bamboo stalks are tough to chew through, but pandas have large, flat molars that allow them to crush and grind bamboo stalks and a thick mucus layer in their stomach to avoid getting splinters from the woody diet.  They also have an enlarged wrist bone that acts like an opposable digit similar to that of a human thumb, and helps them get a good grip on the stalks.

So where is all of this bamboo going to come from?  FedEx will be supplying continued support to Er Shun and Da Mao during their stay at the Toronto Zoo by transporting bamboo up from Memphis three times each week.  Pandas are picky eaters so FedEx will need to supply 600-900 kilograms of bamboo every week to sustain their diet.  The bamboo will be grown and harvested at the Memphis Zoo, which happens to be close to the main FedEx Hub, and will be carefully packaged in bundles, delivered and placed in cold storage once it arrives at the Toronto Zoo.


Getting Ready for Travel! – March 15, 2013

Written by Maria Franke, Curator of Mammals, Toronto Zoo

Panda enclosureThe giant pandas are coming and we are so excited to work with FedEx Express to bring them to the Toronto Zoo. FedEx has transported several pandas around the world in the past and they are now helping us bring Er Shun and Da Mao to Canada. There is so much to do before receiving these amazing creatures and one of the most important things is the safety and welfare of the animals. Several steps are taken including getting the animals use to their shipping enclosures so they feel comfy for the journey.

FedEx has crafted and built panda shipping enclosures specifically for giant pandas to ensure safe and easy handling. The enclosures are 198 cm L x 142 cm W x 137 cm H and weigh approximately 360 kg with removable side panels for easy access to the pandas for the on-board attendants.

Er Shun and Da Mao will have their own enclosures for the transport so no sharing on this trip! Each enclosure is already on its way to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (for Da Mao) and Chongqing Zoological Gardens, China (for Er Shun). The enclosures will be placed into Er Shun and Da Mao’s habitats so that they can see, smell, enter and overall get use to them well before the big departure date.

Partnering with FedEx on this very special shipment gives us peace of mind and we can’t wait for Er Shun and Da Mao to arrive and make their debut at the Toronto Zoo.


Creating the Panda Express – March 14, 2013

The FedEx® fleet includes 64 MD-11F aircraft and this month we have turned one of these planes into our very own Panda Express!  A huge panda decal was applied to the front end of this aircraft and this spring it will carry the pandas from Chengdu, China to Toronto, Canada.

The decal is almost 5.5 metres high and over 5.7 metres long and sits beside decals from the Toronto Zoo.  Check out the video of the decaling process of one of our previous Panda Express planes, which takes four days to complete between washing and drying the aircraft, applying the decals and the decal curing process.


The story of “Panda Diplomacy” – March 9, 2013

This spring the Toronto Zoo will be welcoming two giant pandas from Chengdu, China – and FedEx will be flying them into the country and delivering them directly to the Zoo.  It will mark an important day in our history here at FedEx, as it will be our first time being part of a Canadian state visit – considered one of the highest forms of diplomatic relations between two nations.

The opportunity to be a part of this monumental event all began in 2003 when the Chongqing Zoo and the Toronto Zoo signed an animal trading agreement with the vision of launching a giant panda conservation program here at the Toronto Zoo.  It took 12 years and the dedication of Zoo staff, board members and the Giant Panda Task Force, but in 2011 everything was finalized and two years later we are patiently awaiting the arrival of Er Shun and Da Mau.

Not only will the panda move make FedEx history, but it will also contribute to the history of “Panda Diplomacy”, or the use of pandas as diplomatic gifts, between the West and China.  These relationships stem back to the 1970’s and have made pandas a global symbol of diplomacy and lessened barriers to free trade – something that FedEx actively advocates – and something that is vital to Canada’s economic success.

Join us in welcoming the pandas to Toronto, Canada this spring where they’ll stay for the next five years before moving to the Calgary Zoo for an additional five years!


Why is Panda Conservation Important? – March 6, 2013

Pandas have been a strong candidate for wildlife conservation over the years, and the involvement of the Toronto Zoo in breeding programs and conservation efforts of these magnificent animals piqued FedEx’s interest.  We are looking forward to contributing to the panda population by making the technology advancements at the Toronto Zoo accessible to Er Shun and Da Mao.

Conservation of pandas has become increasingly important over the years.  When the giant panda was first discovered in China many were killed by Western museum collectors and hunters.  Then, in 1936 the first panda travelled across the world to the West because of the high interest in these animals.  Over the next 15 years 16 pandas were transported to Western Zoos, but none of them survived past 10 years because of the lack of expertise around their care and lack of access to dietary requirements, such as bamboo.

In 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was formed exporting pandas came to a halt.  It wasn’t until 1972 when diplomatic relations softened between the two nations that the shipment of pandas started up again.

Giant pandas are still listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species and there are just over 2,000 left in the wild.  They have become a worldwide symbol of wildlife conservation, and have been made famous by their inclusion on the WWF logo.

The reason for the endangerment of giant pandas is mainly habitat destruction from human population increases and infrastructure expansion.  Today only six isolated mountain regions exist where pandas reside in central China.  With their natural habitat spread thin they face the risk of starvation and also have greater challenges when trying to mate.  Conservation programs have expanded as a result, and there are now 63 giant panda reserves in China.  These reserves are supported by global conservation efforts to preserve the natural habitats and promote breeding amongst pandas, of which the Toronto Zoo will now be a significant contributor.


The FedEx Newsroom has more information about the Toronto panda transportation.

*FedEx has a unique history of transporting pandas and other rare creatures around the world. Photos, video, and stories from recent panda transportations to Edinburgh, Scotland and Paris, France.


Kids Sail Free – March 17-23

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Call us today to book your Fall Cruise – KIDS SAIL FREE + FREE Balcony Upgrades.  Offer Valid on Select Sailings.  Call us for details at 1.888.551.7077.


Sample Cruise Sailings:

7-Day Western Caribbean, Round-trip Miami

7-Day Western Caribbean, Round-trip Miami

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Departs: Roundtrip from Miami
Departure Dates: 2013: Nov sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_green.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_blue.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_kidsSailFree_orange-v2.png 10 sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_yellow.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_green.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_blue.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_kidsSailFree_orange-v2.png 17Dec sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_yellow.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_green.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_blue.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_kidsSailFree_orange-v2.png 1 sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_yellow.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_green.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_upgrade_blue.png sites/default/files/images/merchandising/icon_kidsSailFree_orange-v2.png 8
Ports of Call: Miami; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico
  • Cruise fares from:
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Travel Deal: Save up to 58% + $200 Resort Credits + 7th Night Free In Jamaica

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Save up to 58% + $200 Resort Credits + 7th Night Free

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Departure City(s):All
Hotel(s):Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Negril, Couples Swept Away
Travel Dates:03/01/13 – 12/25/13
Book By:03/20/13


Save Up To 58%,   FREE night and Resort Credits
Book by March 20, 2013; Travel between February 18 and December 25, 2013.

Value added Benefits:

  • $200 resort credit at Couples Tower Isle for travel August 19 – December 25, 2013 and Couples Sans Souci December 1 – 25, 2013 (except CSS Prime Minister Suite and Hibiscus Cottage)
  • 7th Night Free** in all Categories at Couples Tower Isle and Couples Sans Souci (except CSS Prime Minister Suite and Hibiscus Cottage) April 8 – December 25 and at Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away August 19 – December 25, 2013
  • **7th night free is not cumulative.  Certain category restrictions may apply
Our five all-inclusive resorts are designed as the ultimate escape for two to the most idyllic beach settings-on the islands of Jamaica and Barbados. The quality of our personalized service, facilities, cuisine, activities and excursions is exceptional. That’s because we feel “all-inclusive” should first and foremost evoke a five-star luxury experience—that also happens to be a fantastic value.
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Top Travel Deals

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We have so many great travel deals this week!  Please look at latest travel deals can call Tweet Travelers Concierge at 1.888.551.7077  if interested in  latest deals or fill out a “Get Quote” form for faster service with your travel dates and destination.    All deals must be booked by March 16, 2013



Deal of the Day
Puerto Vallarta
4 nts from $715
+ taxes and fees
Now Amber Resort & Spa Now Amber Resort & Spa  Star Rating Information - Now Amber Resort & Spa

INCLUDES 4 nights, Now Amber Resort & Spa, Unlimited-Luxury® & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 60% & $400 resort coupon. Airfare additonal.
Cancun  – 3 star from  $255*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Oasis Cancun, all-inclusive, fun-filled entertainment & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 47%, guaranteed double room upgrade & $200 resort coupon. Must be booked with air. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 3.5 star from  $315*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Grand Oasis Cancun, all-inclusive, fun-filled entertainment & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 47%, guaranteed double room upgrade & $300 resort coupon. Must be booked with air. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 3.5 star from  $335*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Grand Oasis Palm, all-inclusive, family-friendly & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 47%, guaranteed double room upgrade & $300 resort credit. Must be booked with air. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 3.5 star from  $355*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Oasis Sens, all-inclusive, adults-only, gay & lesbian friendly & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 47%, guaranteed double room upgrade & $300 resort credit. Must be booked with air. Airfare additional.
Cancun  – 4 star from  $405*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Riu Palace Las Americas, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 24% & guaranteed room upgrade. Must be booked with air. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 4 star from  $419*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Riu Palace Peninsula, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 28% & guaranteed room upgrade. Must be booked with air. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 3.5 star from  $429*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Unlimited-Luxury® & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 47% & up to $400 resort coupon. Must be booked with air. Airfare additional.
Cancun  – 4.5 star from  $495*
INCLUDES 3 nights, The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres, boutique all-inclusive, family-friendly & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 35% & room upgrade. Airfare additional.
Mexican Baha  – 4 star from  $509*
INCLUDES 4 nights, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. EXCLUSIVE $300 resort credit.BONUS save up to 40%. Must be booked with air. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 4 star from  $625*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Hard Rock Cancun, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. BONUS reduced rates, room upgrade & $500 credit to be used towards spa, golf, room upgrades, sightseeing & more. Plus 2 kids 12 & under stay & eat free. Stay 5 nights or longer & receive a $1500 resort credit. Airfare additional.
Cancun  – 4 star from  $685*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Beach Palace, all-inclusive & resort transfers. EXCLUSIVE guaranteed room upgrade. BONUS reduced rates & $500 credit to be used towards spa, golf, room upgrades, sightseeing & more. Plus 2 kids 12 & under stay & eat free. Stay 5 nights or longer & receive a $1500 resort credit. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 4 star from  $685*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, all-inclusive & resort transfers. EXCLUSIVE guaranteed room upgrade.BONUS reduced rates & $500 credit to be used towards spa, golf, room upgrades, sightseeing & more. Plus 2 kids 12 & under stay & eat free. Stay 5 nights or longer & receive a $1500 resort credit. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 4 star from  $685*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Sun Palace, all-inclusive, couples-only & resort transfers. EXCLUSIVE guaranteed room upgrade.BONUS reduced rates & $500 credit to be used towards spa, golf, room upgrades, sightseeing & more. Stay 5 nights or longer & receive a $1500 resort credit. Airfare Additional.
Cancun  – 4.5 star from  $715*
INCLUDES 3 nights, Secrets The Vine Cancun, Unlimited-Luxury®, adults-only & hotel transfers. BONUS save up to 51% & up to $400 resort coupon. Airfare additional.
Cancun  – 4.5 star from  $929*
INCLUDES 4 nights, Live Aqua Cancun, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. EXCLUSIVE $400 resort credit. BONUS save up to 40%. Must be booked with air. Airfare Additional.


Help Protect The Rainforest At Caracol Eco Resort and Spa

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Guest can help the Mexican Rainforest while staying at Caracol Eco Resort and Spa in Cancun.  The Sandos Caracol ECO Resort and Spa  is where there is plenty for your family to discover and teach your children to help save the rainforest as well and environmental other activities for children.


It’s the perfect destination and resort for eco adventure families.  The resort focuses on teaching children to live in harmony with nature and to take care of the environment.  They offer an Eco -Tour for kids to teach them to respectfully interact with the environment. Kids can also bike ride on the trail, plant a tree (give back to nature), or attend an interactive eco-talk.   My favorite about the resort is that they help support the rainforest!

Adventure Activities
Bike Path: Take a trip through the property’s abundant natural attractions, including a nearby authentic Mayan archeological site.
The Underground Springs Route: This wilderness path leads through the jungle and past a series of natural underground springs.
Mangrove Path: Explore one of the most important coastal habitats along the Mexican Caribbean.
Mayan River: Take a tranquil boat ride through a winding river and encounter native plants and animals along the way.

Nature Activities
Bird Sanctuary: Admire a multitude of multicolored birds in a lush environment.
Deer Encounter: Observe white-tailed deer in a natural jungle habitat.
Discover the Mayan Jungle: An abundance of local wildlife permeates the jungle—over 60 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Turtle Lagoon: Several species of freshwater turtles sun themselves in our lagoons.
Iguanas: These prehistoric jungle reptiles are present throughout the property.
Mangrove Crabs: These eye-catching crustaceans delight guests with their bright colors and peculiar scampering.
Plant a Tree: Sandos supports the conservation of Mexican rainforests in Quintana Roo. Guests are invited to take part in this important program.

This sounds like a great resort for families looking for a relaxing eco vacation.


Travel To Maldives For The Underwater Festival

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diving, corals



Maldives Promotion House – LUX* Maldives will host the second edition of the internationally recognised ‘Underwater Festival’, from 15 to 21 April 2013. Activities will include underwater photo and video courses, on-the-beach themed film screenings, film editing coaching sessions, as well as free diving and apnea courses. Courses will be led by experts including BBC film director Neil Lucas, television documentary editor Frank Spencer, free diving world record holder Sara Campbell and members of leading diving company Eurodivers.

LUX* Maldives is an active supporter of marine life conservation. For the last two years the resort been leading an extensive whale shark database program through its Marine Biology Centre and has initiated a successful research program within the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).

UK-based photographer and BBC film director Neil Lucas will run daily introductory classes for guests to improve their photography skills and learn new underwater shooting techniques. Neil will be joined by Britain’s foremost underwater cameraman Michael Pitts, helping attendees translate their photography into an underwater reportage.

Top television documentary editor, Frank Spencer, will work closely with attendees from their first cuts, through to the rough cuts, music and sound. Participants will be able to identify the key stories, learn ‘fill and flood’ lighting techniques, shooting disciplines as well as sequence skills through storyboards and creative editing.

Free diving expert and four-time world record holder Sara Campbell will offer insights into breath holding and apnea techniques. Capable of diving unassisted to depths over 100m, Sara will oversee free diving classes, focusing on participants’ inner ‘sleeping dolphin’ through simple breathing techniques, which aid relaxation and mind control.

General Manager of LUX* Maldives Dominik Ruhl said: ‘The Maldives is the perfect place for this underwater festival and we are very proud to welcome such a brilliant panel of experts. With this festival and our Island Light concept, we look forward to offering guests a different way of celebrating island life. We want to offer participants the opportunity to explore the marine life of our Atoll through a lighter learning experience.’

Rethinking the concept of an island holiday experience, LUX* Maldives will contribute photo and video material from the festival to SAMPA’s on-going research programs. Partnering with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) one the world´s oldest environmental organisations and a leading authority on the environment and sustainable development, LUX* Maldives also supports activities carried out within the South Ari Atoll through its newly appointed Marine Project Officer.


World’s Largest Floating Bookshop Docks In Bangkok

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A 400-strong crew of volunteers from more than 45 countries works aboard the Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book shop, currently docked at Bangkok’s Klong Toey port for the first time since 2009. The boat is run by GBA Ships, a Christian not-for-profit organisation based in Germany. The Logos Hope first set sail in 1980 and carries more than 5,000 discounted English titles, from college textbooks to cookery books. The ship will be docked in Bangkok until March 11 and is open to members of the public (admission costs 20 baht). Video by Chumporn Sangvilert and Pimchanok Phungbun Na Ayudhy