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Charter the Cote d’Azur: Monaco to Cannes

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:00
Charter the Cote d’Azur: Monaco to Cannes For those craving pool time, party beats and a boutique-paradise topped with endless Margaritas, the South of France beckons your call for charter. With the film world gathering at Cannes Film Festival, as well as automobile lovers heading to the Monaco Grand Prix in their herds, this sunny slice of the Mediterranean is at its prime this season, inviting you to explore it.

Monaco
Making up the real glitz of the region is Monaco. Besides simply earning its name as the yachting hub of the Mediterranean, it has long been associated with bygone luxury and follows suit with its glossy present day reputation. From its deliciously shaded piazzas, luxurious hotels such as The Hermitage, and its beach bathing gems like Nikki Beach, this undeniably petite yet glamorous principality nestled between the French and Italian Riviera is the epitome of a chic escape.

Its dynamic culinary scene is where its melting pot of influences come alive, making this member of the South of France uniquely interesting.

Yet, its remarkable push to remain greener than ever, proves the country is as much about sharing the with its visitors as well as preserving it. Outlined by the Prince of Monaco Albert II at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017, Monaco’s refreshing approach to sustainability transcends this the sun-soaked superyacht destination to an ocean-friendly escape.

Cannes
And for this year’s most highly awaited premiers on the other hand, there is Cannes. Attracting some of the largest superyachts in the world to its Film Festival, it becomes the party epicentre that never sleeps, offering a stunning gelato-coloured backdrop for red carpet entrances.

Although notorious for this festival, at its heart, it is a nature-lovers playground. While superyacht owner’s drop their anchor, book the finest of Michelin restaurants and exhaust the sands and seas, the quaint rural hideaways of the region are its winning point. While the La Croisette is the hotter-than-hot promenade for luxury outlets, reverting to the old-school elegance of Sucquet, features winding streets aching to be explored.

Its ancient allure plays host to characteristic eateries hidden in its labyrinth of side streets to rival the majestic luxury hotels dotted with terraces straight out of a postcard. Proving she is undeniably glamorous, the aesthetic of Cannes makes residing in the Med by superyacht a sun-drenched paradise, aching to be discovered.

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New Eagle Creek / National Geographic Collaboration Launches June 1

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:06

Consumers can Pre-Order Beginning May 10th at eaglecreek.com/national-geographic

San Diego, Ca. (May 8, 2018) – The Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series hits retail stores June 1, and eaglecreek.com will be taking pre-orders starting May 10, 2018. On June 1, consumers will be able to see, touch and try on the Guide Series at select outdoor specialty retailers nationwide.

Roger Spatz, President of Eagle Creek said, “Eagle Creek and National Geographic collaborated on a collection that defines adventure travel. The gear is sleek and stylish, but durable enough to stand up to all terrains and conditions. National Geographic explorers inspired the overall design and function and we know these products will inspire people to get out and explore the world.

“For over 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “Eagle Creek shares our passion for adventure, and this collaboration combines our dedication to exploration with their renowned reputation for outfitting travelers and explorers. Given our shared values, this was a natural partnership that has generated a product line that will support National Geographic’s mission of igniting the explorer in all people.”

The Eagle Creek National Geographic Series invites you to explore. Be curious. Seek adventure. Move outside your comfort zone toward those places, destinations and experiences that will undoubtedly transform you.

Combining their passions for exploration, conservation and adventure, Eagle Creek and National Geographic have adopted a design ethos that leverages the expertise of both brands of the benefit of the consumer. Featuring a highly durable double-coated Tarpaulin fabric, wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh for durability that exceeds all standards, the new Guide Series is a mobile base camp, suitable for the most remote places on earth and easily hosed out after a trip. This is what adventure travel bags were meant to be.

Built for dirty, heavy trekking with gear and instrumentation, both photographic and scientific, the new Guide Series uses only the most versatile and durable components so it can be abused – set down in the mud, snow, or gravel, loaded into a plane, strapped to the top of a yak, slid into a cabin on the train, you name it.

With water-resistant, lockable, self-repairing zippers, reflectivity for blackout conditions, and of course, the legendary Eagle Creek No Matter What Warranty, Eagle Creek adds a new level of thoughtful design and versatility than can’t be found on technical packs, with systematic principles to benefit the end user.

Additionally, National Geographic Partners returns 27% of its proceeds back to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to support their work. This creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and philanthropy committed to research, science, conservation and exploration.

Color: Black

The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series bags will be available at retail 5/1/18.

Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series shared features:

  • Constructed of highly durable Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh
  • Best in class durability
  • Water-resistant, lockable & self-repairing zippers
  • Highly weather resistant
  • Reflective hits
  • No Matter What Warranty

Guide Travel Pack 65L

Built to be the beast of the adventure, with dual access for use in any environment.

Guide Series Expedition Pack (EC0A3SBQ010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 4270 cu in / 70 L (65 L Pack + 5 L Front Pocket); Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz / 2.24 kg; Size: 14.5 x 31 x 12.5 in / 37 x 79 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Built with Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Access main compartment through top opening or back panel in order to access contents without putting straps in dirt or snow
  • Unisex torso suspension adjusts and secures through easy adjusting hook and loop closure (15 – 21 inches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hydration bladder pocket with hanging loop and external tube pass-through
  • External compression straps, daisy chains and tool loop provides
  • quick access to equipment
  • Reinforced tool pockets and stretch pockets on sides of pack
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded back panel and backpack straps provide ergonomic fit
  • Adjustable hip belt, with zip pocket for essentials, features strap keepers
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light

All Purpose Duffel 60L

A true all-purpose duffel for purpose-minded adventurers.

All Purpose Duffel 60L (EC0A3SBR010) MSRP $199

Capacity: 3845 cu in / 63 L: Weight 2 lbs 9 oz / 1.16 kg; Size:

24.5 x 10.25 x 13.25 in / 62 x 26 x 34 cm

Features:

  • 50/50 split compartment opening gives access to two full-panel TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Quick attach bouldering clips secure Air Mesh moisture-wicking pack straps
  • Multiple grab handles, compression straps and daisy chain for gear attachment
  • Anodized aluminum bouldering clips support heavy weight while supplying lightweight, corrosion-resistant hardware
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Handle wrap secures pack straps together as singular grab handle
  • D-rings accommodate optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Utility Backpack 40L

Maximum International Carry On size for maximum adventure.

Utility Backpack 40L (EC0A3SBG010) MSRP $249

Capacity: 2260 cu in / 37 L; Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz / 1.35 kg; Size: 12.25 x 20 x 7.5 in / 31.5 x 51 x 19 cm

Features:

  • Pack has butterfly-style opening for optimal access with internal molle panel for gear attachment (Small Pack-It Storage Cube attaches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers with dust guard for additional protection in high wind, also feature PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Foam-molded ergonomic pack straps and back panel are moisture-wicking and resist dirt
  • Lockable padded 17” laptop compartment
  • Tuck-away hip belt for comfortable, ergonomic fit
  • Internal TPU mesh zippered pockets with key fob
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hidden side stash pocket for quick access to phone and Passport
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Compression straps and lash points allow for gear attachment
  • Haul handles with D-ring integration for optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Borderless Convertible Carry On

Any adventure, any mode of transport.

Borderless Convertible Carry On (EC0A3SBE010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 2440 cu in / 40 L; Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz / 3.27 kg; Size: 14 x 22 x 8.75 in / 35.5 x 56 x 22 cm

Features:

  • Zip-away backpack straps deploy out of back panel for hands-free mobility
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded backpack straps provide ergonomic fit that resists dirt
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Top quick stash pocket for 3-1-1 toiletries
  • Internal TPU mesh packing pockets for easy ID
  • Internal compression straps keep contents from shifting
  • Compression straps, daisy chain and D-ring for gear attachment
  • Multiple grab handles for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Handle tray protects handle system, while corner bumpers and wheel housing protect bag against rough handling
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32

Take all the gear.

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32 (EC0A3SBF010) MSRP $499

Capacity: 6345 cu in / 104 L; Weight: 12 lbs 1 oz / 5.46 kg; Size: 16.75 x 32 x 12.5 in / 42.5 x 81.5 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Split frame opening gives access to TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Multiple grab handles and mesh ID luggage tag window, for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Internal compression straps secure load
  • Sizable top stash pocket for quick grab items
  • Compression straps, D-rings and daisy chain for quick access to equipment
  • Corner guards, piping bumpers, and heavy-duty wheel housing protects bag against rough handling
  • Kick plate, runner rails, and handle tray protects bag
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M

Ultra compact, ultra durable, ultra organized.

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M (EC0A3SBH010) MSRP $59

Small: Capacity: 215 cu in / 3.5 L, Expanded: 460 cu in / 7.5 L; Weight: 4 oz / 0.12 kg; Size: 10 x 7 x 1.25 in / 25 x 18 x 3 cm, Expanded: 10 x 7 x 4.25 in / 25 x 18 x 10.5 cm

Medium: Capacity: 550 cu in / 9 L, Expanded: 855 cu in / 14 L, Weight: 5 oz / 0.15 kg; Size: 14 x 10 x 1.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 3 cm, Expanded: 14 x 10 x 4.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 10.5 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable coated materials are weather-proof and wipeable
  • Two-way zippered opening gives full access for maximum packing
  • TPU mesh front window gives content visibility
  • Compression zipper compacts clothing and gear
  • Small Compression Cube mounts to molle panel in the 40L Utility Backpack for modular organization
  • Top carry handle 

ABOUT EAGLE CREEK

An invitation outside informs all Eagle Creek product designs, innovations and services. From versatile organizers that make travelling seamless to our durable duffels that keep the journey going, our gear and accessories make exploring the unknown possible, effortless and enriching. Eagle Creek. Find Your Unknown.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Alli Noland

Terra PR

307-733-8777

allin@terrapublicrelations.com

 

Hot and blue

Booker Gliding - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 22:10
Record breaking weather it may be, but it's not very good for cross country flying so most of the action has been training and trial lessons. Steve gave it a go on Saturday and dropped in on the ridge field on the way back, to be greeted by some handsome black cattle.


Today the hangar was emptied and the fleet parked out in the trailer park to make way for the event taking over the airfield on 11th and 12th May - our hangar will be one of the exhibition halls.

From Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May all solo flying will be at Thame, where we will be guests of the Upward Bound Trust. There will be a K21 available there for check flights.
Back to normal on Monday 14th May.

Breaking News: Mystery Behind Tut’s Tomb Revealed, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Sun, 05/06/2018 - 15:10

**Breaking News**

It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers After All

The third radar scan of the pharaoh’s burial site conclusively shows that no additional mysteries lurk immediately behind its walls.

Spokesperson and Images Available

Recent radar scans of Tutankhamun’s tomb conclusively prove that there are no additional chambers or passages behind the walls of the famed pharaoh’s burial chamber, Egyptian officials announced today.

This stunning conclusion marks the end of an investigation which began in nearly three years ago, when Egyptologist and National Geographic grantee Nicholas Reeves theorized that the tomb of legendary 18th-Dynasty queen Nefertiti may actually be hidden beyond the walls of Tut’s 3,300-year-old tomb.

To read more about this amazing discovery, read the full story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic archaeology expert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

The forecast was right

Booker Gliding - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:21
Today the forecast promised good XC weather - and it delivered. The launchpoint was busy with single seaters heading off on task and two seaters being used for training. Even the T21 came out to take to the air.

Meanwhile, John Hubb was working hard on the clubhouse, scraping off the peeling paint and applying a new coat of wood stain. He also renovated the picnic tables. There is still a lot to do, so anyone with a paint brush is welcome to join in. Thanks for your efforts, John,

One panel complete. The supervisor appears to be making tea.
Nice smart picnic table.


Media Alert: National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 18:35

***Media Alert***

National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

News announced today at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated interactive story, “Explore the World’s Biggest Cave From Your Couch,” HERE

At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California, the social media company shared updates on React 360, an interactive WebVR and 360 content publisher. Experiences made using the technology can show up across the web and in people’s Facebook News Feeds, effectively bringing virtual reality to its more than two billion members—no headset required. 

To showcase this feature, Facebook worked with National Geographic and is showcasing an updated version of a 2015 National Geographic interactive VR story. In it, readers are invited to take a virtual tour of Son Doong, a recently discovered cave in Vietnam, believed to be the world’s largest. 

“In the social media world, this is a big deal,” says Martin Edström, the photographer and National Geographic Explorer who originally captured the 360 photo spheres of Son Doong for National Geographic. “Now people can literally walk through the largest cave in the world without leaving Facebook.”

 Son Doong is believed to be the world’s largest cave passage and is estimated to be between two and five million years old. It’s more than three miles long, with numerous chambers large enough to hold an entire city block of New York skyscrapers. Being the world’s largest cave, Son Doong contains many appropriately gargantuan formations, including the 200-foot “Hand of the Dog,” which might be the world’s largest stalagmite, as well as baseball-sized “cave pearls,” a type of speleothem that’s typically much smaller. 

Large scale tourism companies have begun to threaten the preservation of this world wonder. To Martin Erdstrom and other researchers around the world, this new Facebook feature is seen as a powerful new conservation tool. 

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated story on React 360 here

Spokespeople and visuals available.

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:11

**Media Alert**

National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

Spokesperson and Images Available

Today is the first day of National Pets Month and to celebrate National Geographic has announced the launch of “Domesticated,” an online hub dedicated to all kinds of domesticated animals. This hub will be a collection of stories, photos, and videos about the latest in pet science, how pets evolved, how pets work for us (i.e. therapy dogs), and demystifying our pets’ behavior! 

To kick off the launch of this fun and informative series, National Geographic has shared a number of videos and stories on everything from dogs and cats to the more exotic household pets. Check out the latest stories below:

Why Your Dog Freaks Out During Thunderstorms—And What to Do

Meet the World’s Most Expensive Pet Fish

Why Are Dogs So Friendly? Science Finally Has an Answer

Playful Photos of Well-Loved Dog Toys

What if Everything You Think About Cats Is Wrong?

For more information on the hub and to follow along with the most recent stories, visit natgeo.com/domesticated.

Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic senior director of Animals, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:00
The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht With a growing focus on Spain - be it through new events, luxury destinations or chartering new grounds this season - we honour the upcoming ‘Superyacht Show’ in Barcelona by taking a look at the key points of the region bringing yachts back to the waters time and time again.

Barcelona
Travelling from the Cote d’Azur to one of the most celebrated new cruising grounds on the charter and yacht experience maps today means a journey of world-class food, ancient history and breathtaking backdrops. With two choices of mooring via superyacht in either OneOcean Port Vell or Vilanova Grand Marina, starting your journey across the coast of Spain in Barcelona is the perfect break away from the usual haunts of the Mediterranean.

Activity of boats mooring in Barcelona has faced an incredible rise thanks to the best service based brands entering and growing the region’s yachting infrastructure (i.e. OneOcean Port Vell and Vilanova Grand Marina), offering unparalleled accommodation and direct access to the city.

The architecture of Barcelona itself is an amphitheatre to discovery, surrounding visitors with an artistic legacy with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Park Güell or the Sagrada Familia, both designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, are renowned examples while the Gothic Quarter - combined with the luxurious shopping and dining opportunities, this city will keep adventurers busy for days.

Palma de Mallorca
The largest island of the Balearics - located just a short stretch from Barcelona - Palma has been a luxury yachting hotspot synonymous with sailing and charter for decades. Marry this with countless michelin-starred restaurants, exclusive bars and elegant nightlife, and Palma becomes a slice of the St. Barths lifestyle in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Home to the Superyacht Cup regatta, the Palma Superyacht Show (which closes its doors today after a successful run) and numerous marinas built to accommodate everything from pleasure crafts to 150-metre yachts, Palma is a mainstay of the Spanish yachting boom.

Port Denia
The quintessentially Mediterranean landscape of Denia, and the easy 45-mile passage to Ibiza, makes this mainland luxury escape a growing choice for yacht charterers and owners looking for a lifestyle fuelled by freshly caught seafood, exemplary nightlife and exclusive hotspots.

Speaking with Albert Morell, General Manager of Port Denia, in a recent interview, we discussed some of the hotspots that make the region what it is: “Denia has become a destination in itself, famous for huge collection of restaurants and tapas bars. There are 4 marinas in Denia - 3 for smaller yachts and our 'Port Denia' for superyachts 30-138m with over 2000 berths overall, so it offers a yachting lifestyle with services to match.

Exploring Port Denia (along with the easily accessible michelin starred restaurant, five-star hotel and two golf courses), means the 2015 UNESCO City of Gastronomy becomes an idyllic stop to cruise the waters of mainland Spain before heading over to the island of Ibiza.

Ibiza
Ibiza and its sister island Formentera are harsh rocky isles teeming with abundant wildlife and a rich history; but, with a booming interest of yachts heading to the region and a new push in infrastructure, this exclusive hotspot is getting new attention from the global elite.

Thanks to developments such as Sovren Ibiza building a new epicentre to the island to harbour a new social scene on the docks of Ibiza, this island is stepping into a new era with a new image. The sophistication of Sovren Ibiza offers high-grade marina facilities, luxury residences and a private airport only 15 minutes away, yachts of up to 185-metres can now make the most of this brand-new luxury initiative.

The legendary entertainment scene on Ibiza extends throughout the day and night with wide range of fashionable nightclubs and beach clubs off which yachts can anchor; making this the idyllic place to end a week’s discovery tour of the Spanish coast.

The Superyacht Show begins this week, running from May 2 - 5 in the heart of Barcelona at OneOcean Port Vell. We look forward to bringing you more from the region as the show heats up and the superyachts tie the lines in a new Mediterranean icon.

The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht The thriving superyacht hub of Barcelona (Photo: OneOcean Port Vell) Sovren Ibiza brings a sophisticated new focus to the famed party island A guide to the most up and coming cruising grounds of the West Mediterranean

A new intake of cadets joins the club

Booker Gliding - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 20:25
Yesterday the latest group of young people to join our successful cadet scheme came along for an introductory meeting. Amongst other topics they had a safety briefing.....and a long discussion about T shirt colours. Afterwards the experienced cadets have them a ride in the sim.





Meanwhile, Rob was up a ladder scrubbing the bus as prep for giving it a new paint job.



We suggested something along the lines of Jackson Pollock, which would be fun to apply, but it seems he has other plans. We'll have to wait and see.




Exclusive: What May be World’s Largest Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice Discovered in Peru

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:58

**National Geographic Exclusive News**

What May be World’s Largest Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice Discovered in Peru

Spokespeople and Exclusive Visuals Available

Evidence for the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas— and likely in world history— has been discovered by National Geographic Explorers on Peru’s northern coast.

More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a wind-swept bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what was then the sprawling capital of the Chimú Empire.

While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in colonial-era Spanish chronicles and documented in modern scientific excavations, the discovery of a large-scale child sacrifice event in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world. What could have caused this unprecedented event?

Scientific investigations by the international, interdisciplinary team, led by National Geographic Explorers Gabriel Prieto of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and John Verano of Tulane University, are ongoing.

Read the full National Geographic story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic archaeology expert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

National Geographic Explorers Gabriel Prieto and John Verano are also available for interviews.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Ibiza adventure holidays: 13 best Ibizan activities

Windsurfing - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 15:00

What are the first things that spring to mind when you hear the name Ibiza? Is it super-star DJs? Sweat-filled mega-clubs? Foam parties? €15 beers? It’d probably not Ibiza adventure holidays! But what most people don’t know is that the best Ibizan activities can rival those of anywhere on the Med!...

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Charter Focus: The Power & Prowess of Alfa Nero

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:00
Charter Focus: The Power & Prowess of Alfa Nero The yacht that broke the mould, Alfa Nero is an icon in the superyacht community and an 82-metre luxury masterpiece with global charter appeal. With Summer heating up, we take a look at the design values and lifestyle on board that makes Alfa Nero the ideal superyacht to bring the Mediterranean to heel this year.

Built for an experienced yachtsmen, Alfa Nero brought new style to the water in 2007 alongside a world of design solutions which changed the game entirely for the luxury yacht experience.

Her distinctive profile is not only a work of art, but a result of innovative breakthroughs; such as extending the giant beach club across the aft deck and placing an infinity pool on board (which also transforms into a helipad for stylish arrivals).

Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, the first-impression of stepping on board was described by the Italian-based studio as stepping on to the grounds of a large property and having the space to respect the scale of what you’re experiencing. This is the joy of arriving on board Alfa Nero, and heading from beach club, across the open aft deck to stepping inside the ocean-going giant.

The modern exterior style, still ahead of the curve even today, is a major hint at what lies within; offering up to 12 guests on board ample space through a beam of 14.2-metres and a remarkable decor - filled with Brazilian lacewoods, abstract textured effects and beautifully crafted furniture to represent a high-line European nightclub - by Alberto Pinto and Nuvolari Lenard.

The Owner’s residence, a huge amount of space set aside on the Upper Deck, is built with two entrances, an office, dressing area, Jacuzzi, steam shower and easy access to the private patio and balcony, facing aft to enjoy a sanctuary of solitude while the water ebbs away behind the boat.

After a long day enjoying the sun by the pool on the many loungers, at the bar on the aft deck or enjoying life on the expansive Sun Deck, guests can retire to the numerous VIP cabins below; each with its own unique view of the water through flawless design.

The onboard experience is also enhanced by the highly-skilled staff of 26 crew on board, on hand to add an extra dimension to the charter lifestyle; available through global brokerage house Burgess.

Alfa Nero was introduced to the world by Oceanco, one of the world’s finest yacht builders in the 80m+ market today, and thanks to the expertise installed across the yacht - from design to completion - this is not just an option for charter in 2018, but the perfect way to make a lasting impression on the Mediterranean this Summer.

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National Geographic Ranked Top Social Brand in 2017 by Shareablee

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:14

Fourth consecutive year the 130-year old brand has led cross-platform social media engagement

NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2018 – For the fourth consecutive year, National Geographic was ranked as the Top Social Brand by leading social media data and analytics firm Shareablee. Overall, National Geographic saw more than 1.6 billion actions (Reactions, Comments, Shares, Retweets and Likes) across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in 2017, growing from 1.39 billion actions in 2016.

National Geographic was also named the Top Brand on Instagram in 2017 (with approximately 1.5 billion actions), holding first place since 2014. In fact, National Geographic’s video of a jaguar pulling a small crocodile called a “caiman” out of a river in December was the top Instagram video by any brand for the year, with 1.7 million actions. Additionally, the brand had the No. 3 Instagram post with more than 2.2 million actions.

“At a time when traditional media brands are struggling to keep pace with today’s evolving media landscape, National Geographic continues to find new ways to innovate and adhere to the current digital appeal in order to best reach and speak to global audiences,” said Tania Yuki, Founder and CEO of Shareablee. “The brand stays relevant among consumers of all demographics by way of dynamic, 360 storytelling, immersive brand experiences and a social media presence that rivals top celebrities.”

National Geographic currently hails as the most followed media brand across social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with more than 420 million followers globally – resulting in 7.6 billion content engagements each month. Additionally, they are the most widely distributed television channel in the world – reaching 487 million television households in 172 countries and 43 languages every month. Most recently, National Geographic today was named the first-ever Media Company of the Year by the Webby Awards (and took home an impressive 26 wins overall).

The brand has set itself apart digitally by prioritizing visual experiences, creating dialogues with their audiences across all platforms, and leaning into a principle of turning their yellow border into a portal for digital content experiences produced with their community of Explorers, photographers, journalists, immersive storytellers, and contributors. Photographers, for example, are given direct access to National Geographic’s Instagram account, enabling them to upload photos, stories, or go live in real-time while they’re on assignment or in the field.

“We are a brand that was founded with the mission of helping people better understand the world around them. That means creating opportunities for people to discover new places, cultures, and experiences that are sometimes out of reach,” said Jonathan Hunt, SVP of Digital Content and Audience Development for National Geographic Partners. “Our followers can go on live daily safaris in Kenya via Facebook, participate in Reddit AMAs with National Geographic Explorers such as Bob Ballard (who discovered the shipwreck of the Titanic), or explore the most awe-inspiring locations around the globe on Instagram. Hence, our success is not only the product of strategy and being data-informed with our content and programming, it is also about deliberately bringing to life our brand’s mission in every digital experience we create.”

The ranking came in Shareablee’s recently published eBook, “The State of Social Media in the U.S. in 2017.” Shareablee’s eBook explores the platforms, categories, brands and content steering the growth of the social web and unpacks the key drivers of engagement for marketers.

In 2017, Shareablee found that social engagement for the average U.S. brand grew 20% year over year across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram captured a majority of the growth in engagement, both increasing by 34%. Video content continued to grow across the social web, the number of video posts from brands increased by 36% and engagement with those videos also grew by 77%.

For more information on Shareablee’s findings and rankings, or to download the eBook, please visit here.

About Shareablee, Inc

Shareablee is the leader in audience-based social media measurement for media publishers, agencies and brands that want to understand the impact and effectiveness of their cross-platform social media campaigns. Launched in 2013, Shareablee empowers brands by providing data that can help them define and drive success on social media by arming them with metrics and predictive analytics that inform powerful best practices. Shareablee is the leading authority on audience intelligence, competitive benchmarking and actionable insights with clients in 15+ countries.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

Press Contact:

Bill Daddi

Daddi Brand Communications

Bill@DaddiBrand.com

646-370-1341

917-620-3717

Tierney Oakes

Beck Media for National Geographic

ngpr@beckmedia.com

(512) 640-6078

 

National Geographic Wins 26 Webby Awards and Named First-Ever Webby Media Company of the Year

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:56

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2018)—National Geographic has won the first-ever Webby Media Company of the Year Award, presented to the media organization that performs best across all Webby Award categories. National Geographic won 26 awards total.

“First of all, wow. What an incredible honor from both the Webbys and our community of fans,” said Rachel Webber, EVP of Digital for National Geographic Partners. “National Geographic has served as a platform for exploration for over 130 years, and with new technology and the Internet we’ve been able to empower our millions of fans to explore the world with us. This year’s celebrated work is a testament to our inspiring Explorers and Photographers, a massive team effort across the organization and our commitment to impact-driven storytelling.”

The Webby Award winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and the Webby People’s Voice Awards are voted on by the online public.

A record number of media companies were nominated this year, and the other media organizations in the running for Media Company of the Year were VICE Media, Condé Nast, Turner and Viacom. National Geographic will accept its award on May 14 at the Webby Award Show in New York.

Considered the internet’s highest honor, the Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries this year and 3 million votes were cast for the Webby People’s Voice Awards. Fewer than 10 percent of the entries were selected as nominees.

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, (202)-912-6724

National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

National Geographic’s World-Renowned Photographers Celebrate Earth Day 2018 with Flash Print Sale

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

Signed, 8×10 Prints for $100. Nine Days Only.

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2018) – Powerful visual storytelling is at the heart of National Geographic, and this year for Earth Day, its world-renowned photographers are sharing the wonder of the globe with a limited flash print sale for nine days only. Prints by 18 National Geographic photographers celebrating the rich diversity and vitality of our planet will be available to buy as signed, 8” x 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 each. Sharing their photos taken across the world, photographers including Ami Vitale, Cory Richards, Jimmy Chin, Beverly Joubert and Frans Lanting have prints available to purchase for a limited time only, through midnight (EDT) on April 28, at http://www.NGCreativeFlashSale.com/.

National Geographic Creative, which represents many of National Geographic’s photographers, is presenting the sale as a tribute to the organization’s legacy of capturing nature’s most wondrous scenes in order to inspire others to care about the planet. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on Fuji Crystal paper and signed by the respective photographer.

“National Geographic photographers bring critical stories from the farthest corners of the globe to the everyday global citizen,” said Alice Keating, SVP, Photography Business Strategy, who oversees National Geographic Creative. “We are thrilled to bring decades of some of the finest National Geographic photography to the flash sale on Earth Day this year, as a powerful way for our community to take home what makes life on planet Earth so precious.”

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS 

Leah Jereb

leah.jereb@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6716

 

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan

anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6724

National Geographic Celebrates Earth Day 2018 Across Multiple Platforms

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:53

National Geographic kicks off Earth Day 2018 with Symphony for Our World, an artistic celebration of planet Earth that pairs breathtaking wildlife footage with an original musical composition. Broadcast event on Nat Geo WILD accompanies global live tour beginning in San Francisco on April 22

 Documentary about the National Geographic Society’s Okavango Wilderness Project will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day

 National Geographic Kids magazine “Save the Earth” special April issue provides readers with background on environmental issues and tips on how they can help protect the planet

 NationalGeographic.com’s online Earth Day hub provides readers with participation tips and historical perspective since the first Earth Day in 1970

 Purchase breathtaking, signed images by National Geographic photographers at the second annual flash sale

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2018)— For 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond.  Earth Day, April 22, 2018, marks the 48th anniversary of the birth of this environmental movement- an effort that National Geographic has given voice to through groundbreaking storytelling from the best scientists, photographers, explorers and filmmakers in the world. This year, National Geographic will be celebrating Earth Day in a number of ways:

  • Symphony for Our World’ broadcast event: A musical event that combines stunning natural history footage with an original symphony and theme composed by Bleeding Fingers Music, featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, and a special musical collaboration with X Ambassadors. The five-part arrangement – broken down by sea, shore, land, mountains and sky – brings audiences from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains, and into the sky. ‘Symphony for Our World’ will premiere on television as a one-hour commercial-free event on Earth Day at 7/6c on Nat Geo WILD. Click here to view trailer.
  • Symphony for Our World’ global live tour: National Geographic will feature the original music created for the ‘Symphony for Our World’ broadcast special in a live, global orchestral tour kicking off on Earth Day at San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. The global live tour features narration by Tony- and Grammy-award winner Daveed Diggs as well as JooWan Kim of Ensemble Mik Nawooj. On Earth Day weekend, enter the code EARTHDAY at checkout to receive 10 percent off tickets. This sale will run from Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. local time until Monday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. For performance dates and ticket information, visit natgeo-symphony.com.
  • Images and video from the National Geographic Photo Ark will be featured in the ‘Symphony for Our World’ events to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action thorugh education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Viewers can learn more at org and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #SaveTogether.
  • National Geographic’s “Into the Okavango”premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, at 5:00p.m. ET. The film chronicles National Geographic Fellow Dr. Steve Boyes and an international team of modern-day explorers on their first, epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses. Directed by Neil Gelinas and showcasing the National Geographic Society’s Okavango Wilderness Project, the film draws the world’s attention not only to the Okavango River Basin, one of the most important areas for biodiversity conservation, but to the little-known and vulnerable wilderness area in the Angolan highlands on which it depends.
  • The “Save the Earth” special April issue of National Geographic Kids magazine empowers young readers to protect the planet, tackle climate change, biodiversity, pollution and habitat destruction. The issue provides kids with scientific background on some of the most pressing environmental issues and encourages them to go further with innovative tips on how they can individually help save the Earth.
  • NationalGeographic.com will be sharing focused digital content around Earth Day instructing readers on how to participate, explaining the largest environmental issues the world faced on its first Earth Day in 1970, and providing a list of 48 things that have changed since then. Please visit our Earth Day hub online for this content and more. Additionally, National Geographic Travel will host a discussion about ways to be a more eco-friendly traveler on its Facebook page starting at 11 a.m. ET.
  • National Geographic Creative flash sale, from 9:00 a.m. ET, April 20, to midnight April 28, sells prints by National Geographic photographers that pay homage to the Earth. The photos will be available to buy as signed, 8” X 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 each.

One of National Geographic’s core goals is to ignite the explorer in all people, and to further help them understand the world around them. To explore Earth Day-focused content further and see how you can help protect the planet, please visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/earth-day-stories.

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National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Contacts

For Symphony for Our World (Nat Geo WILD Broadcast Event):

Molly Mulrain

Molly.Mulrain@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6745

 

For Symphony for Our World (Global Live Tour):

Meg Calnan

Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6703

 

For Into the Okavango at Tribeca Film Festival:

Kristin Montalbano

Kristin.Montalbano@natgeo.com

(703) 678-3678

 

For Nat Geo Kids “Save the Earth” April Special Issue:

Caitlin Holbrook

Caitlin.Holbrook@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6714

 

For National Geographic Creative Flash Sale:

Leah Jereb

Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6716

 

For NationalGeographic.com Digital Content:

Kelsey Taylor

Kelsey.Taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6776

Interior Insight: Accented Simplicity on Joy

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:00
Interior Insight: Accented Simplicity on Joy When Feadship brought 70M Joy to the water, she came with high expectation. Living up to the yard’s standards in silhouette and style, her exterior lines commanded attention and the industry tilted their heads in awe. Slightly more understated but just as clever, Joy's interior story by Studio Indigo makes her one of the most charter-worthy yachts on the market today. We take a closer look.

At 70M, Joy has little limitation when it comes to her interior arrangement. Dramatic spaces make way for a basketball court, an al-fresco disco, enough wellness facilities to turn a week’s holiday into a retreat, and the air-conditioned winter gardens you didn’t even know you needed.  

Sleeping 12 guests and with room for 19 crew, her suites and cabins are spacious, yet are enhanced further through the designers’ clever use of colour, texture and pattern.

Unlike her carefully-carved exterior, Joy’s interior is subtle for an easy-on-the-eye effect following a day at sea. Her palette flushes with pastel hues in lilac and rose, while delicate whites form the basis for most of the guest accommodation.

Accents to the simplicity come from a considered use of soft furnishings. Plushy embroidered cushions line each and every relaxation area, inviting guests to indulge, while hints of mosaic can be found on harder surfaces to add a touch of flair. However, it’s elsewhere that Joy’s personality comes to life. Clearly crafted to entertain, the social spaces are vivid and vibrant; providing an antithesis to where guests sleep.

In the dining room, wooden carvings contour the walls into a formal space, while in the main saloon takes art-deco influence (dark woods, angular furniture and plenty of marble) and seamlessly blends it with a tribal-feel.

Earthy greys mix with regal metallics to create just the right amount of opulence without being flash. It’s tasteful yet comfortable, glamorous but inviting; the ultimate place to spend an evening sipping martinis feasting on canapés before retiring to the plush suites below.

Available to charter this season with Burgess, Joy has harmonized interior versus exterior making her the perfect match for this summer in the Med.

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National Geographic Announces First-Ever Custom Content Special to Launch on Weekly Travel Block Programming

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:53

Hour-Long Special, New Orleans: City of Stories, Commemorates the Iconic City as it Celebrates its 300th Anniversary

Premieres Monday, April 23rd at 6PM; Additional Cities to Include Asheville, North Carolina and San Diego, California

(NEW YORK, NY – April 17, 2018) – – National Geographic announced today its first-ever, one-hour custom content special featuring the iconic city of New Orleans in partnership with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Pegged to the 300th Anniversary of the city, NEW ORLEANS: CITY OF STORIES, will delve into the uniquely rich culture, or “the soul of New Orleans” as the locals like to say, exploring the city’s deep ties to music, food, arts and diversity that have made it an American treasure. The hour-long special, the first of many in Nat Geo’s new custom travel block, will launch on Monday, April 23rd, at 6 p.m. EST on National Geographic.

For upcoming travel programming, National Geographic will continue to partner with tourism organizations and travel industry insiders to produce a series of hour-long specials in addition to other travel shows that focus on remarkable destinations around the world. Asheville, North Carolina and San Diego, California are the next destinations to be featured in the new travel line-up. This new cities series will focus on what makes each featured city so unique, providing an inside look into the history, art, food, drinks, music and cultural experiences. Each program will inspire audiences to travel to a new destination or explore their own backyard.

“We are proud to showcase New Orleans in its tricentennial anniversary as our first custom content program in our new cities series,” said Kimberly Connaghan, VP global partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “This is a city like no other and its authenticity comes shining through as locals share their stories about what makes New Orleans so unique.”

“We are thrilled to partner with National Geographic to bring the unique and culturally rich story of New Orleans and our Tricentennial to their vast audiences,” commented Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “Through the process we uncovered some of the city’s most talented and culturally diverse artists who carry the passion of their love for New Orleans in their craft. We look forward to sharing these stories and many others throughout this special year.”

In NEW ORLEANS: CITY OF STORIES, viewers will go on a historical journey of The Big Easy. Along the way, viewers will meet the people that give New Orleans its vibrant atmosphere and enthusiasm, including musicians, accomplished artists, community leaders, artisans, bartenders and historians. These New Orleans residents explain the history of jazz funerals, tell stories through colorful street art, delve into the history of iconic New Orleans cocktails, explain the revitalization of a historic dance style and showcase how a music education program is bringing joy to the local community. This in-depth look at the thriving city proves that the magic of New Orleans extends far beyond Bourbon Street.

Media Contact

Meg Calnan, National Geographic, Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Launches ‘Open Explorer’ Community Platform — First of Its Kind Digital Field Journal — By and For Explorers

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:00

Platform enables explorers, scientists and adventurers alike to tell the stories of their expeditions and fieldwork and to follow fellow community members’ adventures in real time

Partnership with National Geographic Explorer David Lang aims to connect the global exploration community with new tools and resources to further their work

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2018) – National Geographic has announced the acquisition and re-launch of Open Explorer, a community platform for explorers and scientists to document their expeditions in real-time from the field and share their journeys with the world through digital storytelling. Anyone with a story to tell or a place to explore can now share their journey and crowdfund their fieldwork, including university researchers, citizen scientists, students and professional explorers. The online platform aims to democratize exploration by lowering the barrier of entry, giving access and allowing anyone to share their stories of curiosity and adventure.

For any explorer or scientist in the field, their journal is one of the most important tools. When Open Explorer was originally founded in 2014 by National Geographic Explorer David Lang, it was conceived as an answer to the question, “If Darwin were alive today, how would he have kept his notes?” Lang recognized the need for a place to record experiences, tell stories and collaborate with a community that cared about science, exploration and storytelling. Furthering the knowledge and understanding of our world has always been the core purpose of National Geographic. As such, National Geographic, in partnership with Lang, is making Open Explorer part of the National Geographic ecosystem and is focused on growing the community, connecting members with new tools and additional resources, and sharing the community’s stories with the world through National Geographic’s vast global storytelling portfolio.

“There’s never been a better time to be curious person, it’s truly the golden age of exploration,” said Lang, founder of Open Explorer and co-founder of OpenRov, a company that creates new tools for underwater exploration. “In a digital world filled with instant and endless information, it’s easy to forget that there is so much we as humans still don’t know. Nearly every app and website aims to answer questions or make some process more convenient. Open Explorer is different. It’s a tool for finding better questions.”

Rachel Webber, Executive Vice President of Digital for National Geographic Partners, said, “For more than 130 years, National Geographic has served as a platform for exploration; today, technology enables us to empower our millions of fans around the world to participate.  It’s thrilling to see the diversity of projects and people in the Open Explorer community – from teenagers in Chicago looking for meteorites to our National Geographic Society Explorers like Steve and Chris Boyes trekking the Okavango Delta. We’re very grateful and honored that David brought this project to us, and we’re excited to continue to invest in and collaborate with this inspiring community.”

Open Explorer Site Functionality:

When users visit Open Explorer, they will find inspiring expeditions to follow and the ability to start their own projects. Users can document their work, upload photos and videos, leverage fundraising tools and collaborate with fellow expedition members. Audiences can follow expeditions for regular updates from the field and can engage on posts through comments and sharing material on social.

As Lang says, “People who are empowered to explore the world around them will love their planet and people who love their planet will protect it.”

To interact with the community, follow expeditions or start your own, visit Open Explorer here.

To follow expeditions that are happening right now, visit the Expedition Discover page.

To begin building your own expedition, visit this detailed guide to get started.

Press Contacts:

For interviews, visuals and more information, please contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, (202) 912 6724

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6776

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE INTRODUCES REDESIGNED PRINT EDITION

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:00

New Paper, Design, Sections, Typefaces, and Energy Debut with the May Issue 

Redesign showcases even more of National Geographic’s stunning photography and follows on the heels of one of the most successful years in the magazine’s 130-year history

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2018)  On the heels of one of the most successful years in National Geographic magazine’s 130-year history, the iconic print publication is introducing (video HERE) a bold new redesign, with new visual story forms, thought-provoking essays, and even more stunning photography. The May issue, on print newsstands April 24 and available online at ngm.com, explores and illuminates the frontiers of our world, from the depths of the ocean to the frontlines of culture, always with an eye for understanding the people, places, and ideas that shape our planet. Through dynamic new sections, type faces, premium paper stock, and more of the breathtaking photography that has engaged audiences for over a century, the iconic yellow border will continue to offer a portal to the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond.

Since the formation of National Geographic Partners in 2015, the brand has made an aggressive push to go “Further” moving the yellow border from reverence to relevance by delivering premium, distinctive content to a 21st century audience across its multiple platforms including linear, print, digital, social, consumer products, books, and travel. With the redesign of the magazine, National Geographic’s most iconic and revered platform will now deliver today’s audiences even more of the high quality, creatively inspired, and visually spectacular storytelling that readers around the world have come to expect in a fresh and contemporary way.

“National Geographic has helped readers explore the world for 130 years, and we thought it was important to move forward by embracing our heritage in new and modern ways,” said Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine. “The new National Geographic delivers the same sense of wonder readers expect but with a bolder, more provocative, more captivating eye.”

“This next evolution of National Geographic brings to bear the full set of tools available to the contemporary magazine,” said Emmet Smith, Creative Director of National Geographic magazine. “It allows us to more fully showcase the spectacular work of our photographers, reporters, and artists—and, in turn, provide an even better magazine for our readers.”

Goldberg and Smith worked on the strategy and redesign of the magazine with Godfrey Dadich Partners (GDP), a firm whose team of editors, designers, and marketers come from some of the nation’s top publications, including WIRED, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The New Yorker and Los Angeles magazine. GDP was engaged to identify and distill the core values that would serve as the foundation for the magazine’s next chapter.

“It was an honor for us to collaborate on such an iconic brand—to dive into a 130-year history of cartography, photography, typefaces, and journalism, then design a new kind of magazine for today,” said Scott Dadich, founder and co-CEO of Godfrey Dadich Partners. “Redesigning the magazine enhances its ability to deepen people’s understanding of the world and their role in it.”

What’s Changed

The redesigned National Geographic magazine includes pages that are easier to navigate and more exciting, with dynamic new sections at the front of the magazine. There is more space for stunning photography. New typefaces are adapted from styles that harken to its past, but are updated to reflect today’s sensibilities. The magazine is now printed on two new premium paper stocks, making the photographs more lush and rich, and giving the magazine itself a more luxurious feel to the hand.

New front sections: Three distinct sections in the front of the magazine provide an energetic and captivating introduction:

  • Proof—Dedicated to short photo essays highlighting new, provocative perspectives.
  • Embark—Investigating new ideas and arguments, challenging readers’ views of the world and everything in it.
  • Explore—Adventure pieces that allow the reader to journey, escape boundaries, and investigate the great mysteries of life. New elements include “Atlas,” a story told through maps, and “Through the Lens,” the backstory of a single, memorable photograph.

Even more emphasis on visual storytelling: Instead of four or five feature stories of roughly the same length in each issue there will now be several shorter, visual features rich with illustrations and photos; two traditional-length stories with the deep, global reporting and imagery that are the magazine’s hallmark; and one major, marquee package.

A bolder design and new typefaces: Two typefaces were created, inspired by both historical typefaces and pioneers who have helped build the legacy of the magazine. The first is Earle, named in honor of legendary oceanographer and National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence Sylvia Earle, who was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The second is Marden, based on an archival type that’s been updated and digitally re-cut for a clean, new look. It pays tribute to Luis Marden, an adventurer and photographer who was a pioneer in color photography.

What’s Stayed the Same

Most importantly, the three principles that underlie all that the magazine was built on remains the same—We are on the side of science, on the side of facts, and on the side of the planet.

Building On Success

Throughout its 130-year history, National Geographic has continuously pushed boundaries—from its innovative use of photography starting in 1906 to becoming the most followed brand on Instagram today. National Geographic has always found new ways to inspire audiences through high-definition, visual storytelling that’s impossible to ignore.

In 2017, the magazine had its best showing than ever before, garnering awards across photography, design, digital, and editorial. It was named as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its 2017 single-topic issue about gender, and also won the National Magazine Award for best single-topic issue for the ground-breaking gender issue. In 2017, newsstand sales were up 16% year over year, at a time when sales are down for most of the industry, and it was one of the only magazines to increase its print readership among c-suite and millennial readers.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure, and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing, and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

 

Press Contacts:

Anna Kukelhaus                                              Mistrella Murphy

National Geographic Partners                         Godfrey Dadich Partners

Anna.Kukelhaus@natgeo.com                        Mistrella@godfreydadich.com

202.258.8020                                                   917.797.3475

 

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