Friday, May 27, 2011

Speaking Engagement: BC Association of Travel Writers Annual Symposium

We have been invited to present at the BC Association of Travel Writers Annual Symposium this Saturday. Here's the schedule:

Date:  May 28, 1- 4 pm
Location: Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street,Vancouver.
Fee: Members $20, Non-members $40; payable at the door.

Jett Britnell (one of Canada's most frequently published underwater photojournalists) & Kathryn Britnell a professional husband and wife diving photojournalist team who specialize in underwater photography, dive travel, and marine related subjects and stories. They will have a slideshow of their work and discuss getting published.

Jayne Lloyd-Jones or Liz Sperandeo of Spectacular Ink a travel industry PR specialist, whose clients include Echo Valley Ranch and Baddrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz.  The focus will be on how they see the tourism industry, impact of the recession from the media / PR angle, the role of local travel writers, changes in expectations, how social media now plays a far more important role.

Carolyn Walton, member of the Travel Bloggers Exchange, will look at the role of travel blogging in our industry - tips on what to do/what not to do.

Ruth Kozak has been instructing writing classes for over 15 years. One of her specialties is travel memoirs. Learn how to truly capture the feel of a place, whether for your own personal diary or a published piece. If you fell in love with a place, if it changed your world or came at a particular time when your world was changing, learn how to draw the reader into your experience.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Scuba Diving The Island Nation Of The Philippines - by Stewart Sy.

Our good friend Stewart Sy has published a great article about diving in the Philippines over at  Stu knows these exotic reefs like few others. A "must read" if you are contemplating a diving vacation to this wonderful island nation.

Scuba Diving The Island Nation Of The Philippines

Monday, May 9, 2011

Who Woulda Thunk? - Sea Urchins Can Sing!


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, May 10, 2011

IF WHALES are the lead singers of the ocean, sea urchins are the back-up vocalists.

While it may surprise some that these spiky marine creatures make noise, a Sydney marine biologist plans to measure the contribution they make to the soundscape of the sea. Natalie Soars, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, said sea urchins produced a loud clicking noise as they fed or scraped up against rocks.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Vancouver Canucks Green Men Vs Nashville Predators

May 7th 2011 - Kathryn and I attended Game 5 of the Vancouver Canucks vs Nashville Predators Stanley Cup Semi-Final on Saturday Night.  While the Canucks went down to defeat, the infamous "Green Men" provided a few laughs for all in attendance a few days after a complaint was filed with the NHL, asking the Vancouver Canucks' "Super Fans" to tone it down, according to a report.

From Canadian Press:
"Sully and Force, who wear full neon green bodysuits, have been asked to stop touching the glass and doing handstands. The popular paying fans usually sit close to the Canucks' opponents in downtown Rogers Arena and their act has been described as a circus sideshow."

Needless to say, Vancouver Canucks fans support the Green Men! They even have their own website: Green Men

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mothers Day! ~ This Video From Annie Crawley Deserves To Be Shared.

Our friend, Annie Crawley, posted a very inspirational video she made in honor of Mothers Day.  Annie's shout out to her mom was, "Love to all of our Mothers and of course to Mother Ocean. Thank you Mom for the spirit you gave me."
Watch & enjoy...

Annie is such a talented woman who happens to be one of the nicest people you could ever meet. You can "Dive Into Your Imagination" at her website to see more of the brilliant and spirited caring work she does.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Beyond Vanuatu" ~ My Story Published In ScubaDiver Australasia!

Scuba Diver Australasia magazine (Singapore) has published my story, "Beyond Vanuatu ~ Bali Ha'i in the South Pacific" in Issue 2, 2011. The story is also posted online. Place your cursor over the picture for link.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Single Reef Shark Can Be Worth Nearly $2 Million In Tourism Revenue Over Its Lifetime.

Discovery News has posted an informative story about how a single shark can bring in millions of dollars worth of revenue over its lifetime as a tourist draw.  Follow the link below: