Belize to be included in National Geographic’s First World’s Top 50 Best Dive Destinations Travel Guidebook
Belize City, Tuesday, 29th May, 2018: Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor, two world renowned National Geographic writers, are currently on a one-week working visit to Belize gathering information for National Geographic’s first dive travel guidebook, which will cover the world’s 50 best dive travel destinations, including Belize.
The guide will highlight marine conservation in Belize; feature itineraries on land and at sea; include a wide variety of individual and shared experiences; share expert tips on where to go, what to see and where to stay.
Each destination will receive approximately seven pages of dedicated coverage in the guidebook and Belize will have its own chapter which will cover accommodation/hotels, travel and activities, diving/snorkeling; restaurants / eateries; points of interest/history/culture and conservation initiatives.
The National Geographic team’s visit to Belize is being sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board. During their stay, the team will visit several of Belize’s premier attractions in the Belize and southern districts. These include Altun Ha, Gladden Split, Bocawina, South Water Caye Marine Reserve, the Abyss/Fourth Cut, Tobacco Caye and Man O’War Caye among others. They will also conduct a Garifuna cultural tour in Dangriga.
BTB held a press conference on Tuesday, May 29, 2018; where Ms. Karen Pike, BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, welcomed the couple to Belize.
Mrs Jocelle Stephen, BTB’s Marketing and PR Manager, highlighted that their itinerary will ensure they experience the inland and the culture and diversity of Belize.
Chris and Carrie noted that their attraction to Belize was also due to Belize’s efforts towards conservation and protection of its marine resources and the reef.
The National Geographic team’s visit, in addition to creating greater awareness on Belize, is yet another example of the effective marketing efforts of both the BTB and its strategic partners in marketing Belize as a top world Curious Destination.
The National Geographic dive travel guidebook will be published by Random House in 2020, and will be sold in major outlets such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon, both in print and e-book form. Well known organizations such as the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest diver training organization, is supporting the project.
FACTS: Carrie Miller is an award-winning professional writer with more than 20 years of experience. She writes primarily for the National Geographic Society and is a Contributing Editor at National Geographic Traveler Magazine. She recently featured in a promotional campaign (appearing in videos and writing content) for National Geographic Travel and Pure New Zealand with actress Bryce Dallas Howard. Instagram: @carriemiller_writer/@thedivetravelers; Facebook: Carrie Miller Writer/The Dive Travelers
FACTS: Chris Taylor is a Dive Master who has completed nearly 1,000 dives, most of which are with sharks (particularly Great White Sharks), his favourite marine species. He has worked in diving in Australia, including Byron Bay, 1770, and for Rodney Fox Great White Shark Expeditions. Instagram: @christaylor_diver / @thedivetravelers; Facebook: Chris Taylor Diver/The Dive Travelers
FACTS: Founded in January 1888, National Geographic is the world’s leading multimedia destination for the best stories in science, exploration and adventure. It is a world renowned and trusted brand with which the Belize Tourism Board is pleased to be associated.
Editor’s Note: Geographic Traveler Magazine: 11.1 million readers, split equally between men and women. Natgeo.com: 24 million monthly global visitors; 45 million Facebook followers; 84.9 million Instagram followers. National Geographic Magazine: 30,850,000 readers, one-third of which are millennials. Nat Geo Travel magazine: 4.7 million Facebook followers; 22 million instagram followers. Nat Geo Adventure (Online Magazine): 9.4 million Facebook followers; 2.5 million Instagram followers.