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Dive Into a Beach Summer Holiday in
Central America and the Dominican Republic

  • From surfing and kitesurfing to diving and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters.
  • Explore coral reefs, nature reserves and the rich biodiversity of each country.
  • Immerse in the vibrant cultures of local communities, uncover ancient archaeological sites, and embark on adventures in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

July 2024 – With guaranteed sunshine, stunning beaches, spectacular landscapes and an amazing array of wildlife, Central America and the Dominican Republic make the perfect destination for a summer holiday.

From swimming among sea turtles and diving in the famous 123-metre-deep Blue Hole in Belize to exploring some of the best surf spots in the world in El Salvador and discovering the tropical islands of San Blas in Panama, there’s something for everyone.

Explore the Rich Marine Biodiversity of Belize

Caye Caulker is a charming island 33 kilometres off the coast of Belize. With a length of 8 kilometres and a maximum width of one and a half kilometres, travelling by golf cart is essential due to the absence of roads, only sandy paths. Visitors especially appreciate the leisurely pace of life and relaxed atmosphere, as well as exploring the nearby seabed, home to the world’s second-largest coral reef and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, tourists can swim alongside rays and sea turtles and observe moray eels, barracuda, and multicoloured fish.

The famous Blue Hole is a must-visit for any diving enthusiast, an awe-inspiring 123-metre-deep underwater sinkhole. This natural wonder, described by legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites on the planet, is a symbol of Belize’s rich marine biodiversity.

Beaches with Volcanic Views on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala

Playa Las Cristalinas in Guatemala is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, between the towns of San Pablo La Laguna and San Juan La Laguna. This fine white gravel beach offers views of the crystal-clear waters of the lake and a unique panorama of the three volcanoes surrounding the lake: Atitlán, San Pedro and Tolimán.

Guatemala also boasts fabulous beaches on the Pacific coast, such as Monterrico, near a nature reserve home to lush mangroves, a refuge for migratory birds and the birthplace of the paslama sea turtle species. There is also El Paredon Beach, considered one of the best surfing spots in Central America.

Surf’s Up in El Salvador

El Salvador, a haven for surfers, is renowned for its thrilling waves that draw enthusiasts from around the globe. It’s a place where international championships, like the ISA World Longboard Championship (WLC), are held annually. The Pacific coast of El Salvador, known as the Balsam Coast, is home to the best surfing beaches, stretching from La Libertad to Sihuapilapa.

The best-known beach is El Tunco, is the main beach tourist destination in El Salvador, with a lively and youthful atmosphere and El Sunzal has the highest and longest waves, ideal for longboarding. El Cuco, on the other hand, is home to Flores Beach, known as Oriente Salvaje, an almost hidden beach popular with surfers for its perfect waves and spectacular sunsets.

Island Castaway on Cayos Cochinos in Honduras

Cayos Cochinos, located in Honduras, is an archipelago declared a Protected Biological Reserve, boasting 13 small atolls and two larger islands, Cayo Mayor and Cayo Menor. Easily accessible by boat from La Ceiba, Cayos Cochinos is a rare, unspoiled gem in the Caribbean, teeming with diverse animal and plant species and home to an exquisite coral reef.

A visit to Cayos Cochinos offers the opportunity to marvel at the natural wonders of these islands and to immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Garifuna, the local people of Honduras. Additionally, Honduras is an ideal destination for birdwatching, rafting, and exploring the Copán Archaeological Park.

Enjoy Beach Adventures on the Cayos Perlas in Nicaragua

The Cayos Perlas in Nicaragua offer the perfect Caribbean getaway with stunning turquoise seas and pristine white sandy beaches dotted with majestic coconut palms. These dozen islands are just a 35-kilometer boat ride from Pearl Lagoon on Nicaragua’s east coast. Whether you are exploring the larger islands with their lush palm groves and lagoons or the smaller ones like Cayo Granate, the Cayos Perlas are a haven for undisturbed turtle nesting sites, all of which are carefully protected by the local administration.

For adventure seekers, these islands are a paradise for snorkelling and scuba diving. Immerse yourself in the local culture by staying overnight in the homes of the friendly locals, descendants of the Miskitos, who hold a deep affection for their islands.

Discover the Tropical Islands of San Blas in Panama

With pristine coastlines and easily accessible islands, Panama offers an ideal destination for surfing, kitesurfing, diving, fishing, and beach relaxation. The San Blas archipelago, consisting of hundreds of tropical islands, is predominantly inhabited by the proud Guna people, the first indigenous group in Central America to gain governmental autonomy and form the Guna Yala comarca.

These islands boast white sandy beaches and turquoise waters with vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. Unlike typical resorts, the accommodation here is simple and directly managed by the Guna, providing a unique cultural experience and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditions of this indigenous group.

Relax in the Natural Luxury of the Dominican Republic

The unspoiled Bahía de las Águilas in the Dominican Republic beach, located in the Jaragua National Park, is celebrated for its beauty and ecological significance. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters, it offers unparalleled opportunities for diving and marine life observation.

The surrounding protected national park preserves local biodiversity, including diverse bird and turtle species. Explore the rich marine life thriving in the bay’s mangroves and coral reefs or relax in the natural luxury of Bahía de las Águilas.

Central America and the Dominican Republic are unrivalled destinations for enjoying water activities, exploring natural wonders and immersing in unique local cultures. From the perfect waves of El Salvador and the pristine islands of Honduras to the paradisiacal cays of Nicaragua and the dreamy beaches of Panama and Guatemala, each country offers an unforgettable experience.

For more on Central America, visit https://www.visitcentroamerica.com/en/.

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DISCOVER THE WORLD’S MOST REMOTE COMMUNITY ON
SECRET ATLAS’ NEW EAST GREENLAND MICRO CRUISE TO SCORESBY SUND

June 2024 – Did you know Greenland is the largest island on the planet but only has a population of 56,000 inhabitants making it one of the most sparsely populated places on Earth?

The lucky few who visit Greenland, rarely make it to Scoresby Sund due to only being accessible from August – October and Secret Atlas has launched a new Expedition Micro Cruise to allow small intimate groups to explore the stunning fjord system, towering icebergs, elusive wildlife and the remote community of Ittoqqortoormiit.

With only 12 guests onboard, Secret Atlas promises an intimate experience with crowd-free expeditions and flexible itineraries led by world-class expedition leaders ensuring the best chance of seeing muskox, glaciers and the Northern Lights, which appear from September.

Setting sail onboard the MV Vikingfjord, the Expedition Micro Cruise spends eight days exploring the stunning landscapes of Scoresby Sund including as much time as possible spent off the ship on daily Zodiac cruises and onshore hikes.

Guests are in for a treat at the end of the expedition, sailing up the longest fjord on the planet and past the impressive ice giants of Scoresby Sund before visiting the small and remote community of Ittoqqortoormiit. Made up of only 400 Greenlandic people, Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most isolated settlements in Greenland and a unique opportunity to learn about Inuit traditions.

East Greenland Explorer Fly & Cruise with Secret Atlas

The 10-Day East Greenland Explorer Fly & Cruise with Secret Atlas takes place from August – October and costs from £8,370 / $10,620 (€9,900) per person. Price includes bespoke meet and greet, welcome dinner with Secret Atlas team and eight days cruising onboard the MV Vikingfjord. The price excludes a mandatory exclusive charter flight from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to Constable Point in Scoresbysund (CNP), and overnight accommodation at the Aurora Hotel on arrival and departure which costs an additional £2,115 / $2,680 (€2,500) per person. To book, visit https://www.secretatlas.com/tour/east-greenland-cruise/?utm_source=pr_press%2Brelease&utm_medium=referral.

Secret Atlas Co-Founder and enthusiast explorer Michele D’Agostino said, “When I first entered Scoresby Sund Fjord in July 2018, I immediately understood what a fascinating and unique part of the planet it was. We decided to launch the East Greenland micro cruise to allow a small group of guests the opportunity to experience this remote part of the world in an authentic and private way, but with minimal impact to the community, wildlife and environment.”

Discover more about Secret Atlas at www.secretatlas.com.  

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  • Image 1 – Explore in comfort on the MV Vikingfjord with on deck hot tub and sauna and a large guest lounge.
  • Image 2 – Visit the remote settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of Greenland’s most remote villages.
  • Image 3 – Secret Atlas Greenland Cruise offers a chance of encountering the Northern Lights in the wilderness with zero light pollution on September expeditions.

High-res images can be downloaded from East Greenland Fly & Cruise – Google Drive

About Secret Atlas

Launched in 2019 and run by Explorers for Explorers, Secret Atlas trips are curated for people that want to enjoy the spirit of exploration and be a part of an intimate experience rather than joining an overcrowded commercial cruise. Secret Atlas pioneering Expedition Micro Cruises take the smallest group sizes in the Arctic (only 12 guests) and Antarctic (only 48 guests) offering guests an authentic, unrivalled experience free from the crowds of larger vessels. To find out more about Secret Atlas, visit www.secretatlas.com.

Contact Details

For media enquiries, images and press trips contact:
Sarah Salord
GEC PR
020 3907 6824
[email protected]

EXPEDITION MICRO CRUISE SPECIALISTS SECRET ATLAS
APPOINTS TRAVEL AND LIFESTYLE AGENCY GEC PR

June 2024 – Secret Atlas, pioneers of the Expedition Micro Cruise, has appointed travel and lifestyle firm GEC PR to drive awareness of its immersive travel experiences in the Polar regions and the benefits of low-impact travel with small ships and group sizes.

Owned by avid high latitude sailor Michele D’Agostino and seasoned Polar Explorer Mariano Curiel, Secret Atlas and its Expedition Micro Cruises were created to fill the gap in an industry which lacked alternatives to the usual 100-250 ship capacity by offering authentic experiences for small groups to remote and captivating destinations in the Polar regions. Offering expeditions to destinations including Svalbard, Greenland, Antarctica and South Georgia, Secret Atlas stands out thanks to its authentic wildlife experiences led by world-class expedition leaders providing flexible itineraries able to make the most of weather and wildlife opportunities.

GEC PR will handle all PR and marketing for Secret Atlas, working alongside the in-house team to raise awareness through press trips, media relations, integrated marketing campaigns and brand partnerships.

Michele D’Agostino, Secret Atlas Co-Founder and Head of Sales and Partnerships said, “We’re looking forward to working with the GEC PR team and were hugely impressed with their experience in the travel and lifestyle sectors. It’s an exciting time for Secret Atlas, with plans to roll out a new brand campaign in the upcoming months and showcase why joining an Expedition Micro Cruise is the best way to explore the polar regions in a private and authentic way, leaving only footprints behind.”

Sarah Salord, Company Director at GEC PR said, “We’re delighted to represent Secret Atlas, which is such a pioneering and authentic brand. Our experience and passion working for outdoor and adventure brands is paramount and we cannot wait to raise awareness amongst media and target audiences that will love the unrivalled, authentic experiences they provide to guests.”

For editorial features and press trip opportunities, contact Sarah Salord on [email protected].

Discover more about Secret Atlas at www.secretatlas.com.
For further details on GEC PR visit www.gecpr.co.uk.

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  • Image 1 – Secret Atlas offers expeditions to top wildlife watching destinations such as Svalbard in the Arctic.
  • Image 2 – The newest addition to the Secret Atlas fleet, MV Vikingfjord is a modern expedition vessel offering cruise ship comfort with all ensuite cabins, large viewing lounge and an on deck hot tub and sauna.
  • Image 3 – Secret Atlas Expedition Micro Cruises take the smallest group sizes in the Arctic and Antarctic.

High-res images can be downloaded from https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/yk92cbty9ta1gr94vhg3f/AFDpor0ltGeqWK8Uk759kZs?rlkey=dyxw7zwml03mxjfpr9mua40gp&st=lgfxfmk3&dl=0.

About Secret Atlas
Launched in 2019 and run by Explorers for Explorers, Secret Atlas trips are curated for people that want to enjoy the spirit of exploration and be a part of an intimate experience rather than joining an overcrowded commercial cruise. Secret Atlas pioneering Expedition Micro Cruises take the smallest group sizes in the Arctic (only 12 guests) and Antarctic (only 48 guests) offering guests an authentic, unrivalled experience free from the crowds of larger vessels. To find out more about Secret Atlas, visit www.secretatlas.com.

About GEC PR
GEC PR is an integrated PR and marketing agency, bringing together a passionate team of PRs to create bespoke campaigns for every client we work with. Established by Fiona Anderson and Sarah Salord, GEC PR’s industry expertise spans across lifestyle, travel, corporate, luxury and wellbeing spheres and our collective team cover decades of experience in PR and marketing. Drawing on the team’s decades of experience working for some of the world’s leading and most prestigious travel, lifestyle and business brands, GEC PR provide the marketing and public relations base that clients need, and are dedicated to seeking out fresh ideas, innovative methods and bespoke opportunities to promote their clients. To find out more about GEC PR, visit www.gecpr.co.uk.

Contact Details
For media enquiries, images and press trips contact:
Sarah Salord
GEC PR
020 3907 6824
[email protected]

Media release
13 June 2024

For further information, to visit the Hub or to arrange interviews there, please email [email protected]

The West London Retail Skills Hub launched at Westfield White City on Thursday 6 June, and will be a truly pioneering way to address the retail skills shortage and grow the wider business talent pool in West London. The first of its kind, the Hub is a beacon of hope for the rest of the UK, too.

The West London Retail Skills Hub is a new resource developed by Westfield, the charity Spark! and West London College – supported by Ethos Farm, Inspire ATA and West London Business.

The Hub will support people of all ages to start or grow their career in retail and was inspired by one of the key recommendations arising from the West London Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP), which aims to improve skills and opportunities right across West London. It is funded through a blend of investment from the public and private sectors.

Located in the heart of Westfield London, White City, with an entrance next door to John Lewis & Partners, the Hub will develop over the next year to provide world-class retail training – including employment support and specialist retail programmes – for the local community.

Jobseekers looking for careers in retail can email [email protected] to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Speaking about the launch, Katie Wyle, Head of Shopping Centre Management, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said: “We are thrilled about the opening of the new Retail Skills Hub at Westfield London, which represents a significant step forward in redefining retail as a dynamic and rewarding career path. Our goal is to not only support our retail tenants by providing well-trained staff but also to inspire job seekers and employees with the diverse opportunities the retail sector offers. Through targeted outreach, recruitment support, and comprehensive training programs, we aim to showcase retail as a viable and exciting career choice.”

Karen Redhead OBE, CEO & Principal, West London College, added: “West London College is proud to be a key partner in the West London Retail Skills Hub. This exciting initiative opens up invaluable opportunities for communities across the seven boroughs of the region to gain essential skills and experience for a thriving career in retail. By collaborating with local businesses from Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow, the Hub empowers us to further inspire and drive economic success in the region through high-quality education and skills development.”

Matt Lent, CEO of Spark! shared: “Spark! is delighted to be a partner in the new Retail Skills Hub, based in the heart of the largest shopping centre in Europe, Westfield London. This resource is a game changer for retailers and young people alike, connecting employers with their future talent and creating the employability skills and pathways into rewarding careers for young people.”

For further information, visit www.retailskillshub.london

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For further information, to visit the Hub or to arrange interviews there, please email [email protected]

Notes to editors:
Photo 1: L-R: Matt Lent, Spark!, Katie Wyle, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, and Matt Fawcett, West London College, at the launch of the West London Retail Skills Hub.
Photo 2: The West London Retail Skills Hub launched on Thursday 6 June and will support people of all ages to start or grow their career in retail.

Images courtesy of West London Retail Skills Hub.

For a high resolution versions of the images, please click here.

About West London Business:
West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group (CLAG) operates under the umbrella of West London Business, chaired by Shanker Patel.

West London Business (WLB) ensures West London is a successful, inclusive, environment for responsible business. West London is the UK’s global gateway; a £73billion+ GVA economy underpinned by 120,000+ businesses. We are a business-led leadership forum, with members including Heathrow and Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as key regional firms such as Fuller, Smith & Turner and Bigham’s. WLB has 15,000+ supporters and convenes 30+ events per annum, including the West London Business Awards.

Our members work together through WLB to raise West London’s global economic competitiveness and catalyse action for people and planet. Through our work we inform and influence the work of local, regional, and national government policymakers and promote inward investment.

To find out more, visit www.westlondon.com.

Media contact:
Fiona Anderson,
GEC PR, 07931 382773
[email protected]

Media release
00.01 Monday 29 April 2024

What’s Best for West London?  

Ahead of London’s Mayoral Election,

West London Business Outlines Key Priorities in 2024 Manifesto


Ahead of the London Mayoral Election, West London Business (WLB) has released a Manifesto, setting out the key priorities for London’s new Mayor, that will benefit those who live and work in the West London vicinity: Inclusive employment; Innovation and growth; Education and skills; The built environment; Climate change; and Energy & infrastructure.

West London is the world’s most connected place. It is a £70bn+ economic powerhouse – with Heathrow Airport, the UK’s global gateway; 2 million residents and a workforce with a wide range of skills; a world-leading TV and film production cluster; the White City Innovation District; and Park Royal – the UK’s largest and most successful industrial estate.

Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business, said: “Absolutely critical to West London’s contribution to the capital and UK’s growth is energy supply – the latest research indicates urgent grid reinforcement upwards of 2,300 MVA is needed.  We urge the new Mayor to work with WLB and other stakeholders in securing accelerated investment from National Grid in the high voltage transmission network serving West London.”

“I encourage Londoners based in the west of our capital to get out and vote next Thursday 2nd May, to have a say on who will be next to lead the greatest city in the world.”

A copy of the manifesto can be downloaded here: https://westlondon.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/WLB_Mayoral_Election_Manifesto_2024.pdf

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 For further information or to arrange interviews, please email [email protected]

 

Notes to editors:
Photo 1: Ahead of the London Mayoral Election, West London Business (WLB) has released a Manifesto, setting out the key priorities for London’s new Mayor.
Photo 2: Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business.

For higher resolution versions of the images, please click here.

About West London Business:
West London Business (WLB) ensures West London is a successful, inclusive, environment for responsible business. West London is the UK’s global gateway; a £73billion+ GVA economy underpinned by 120,000+ businesses. We are a business-led leadership forum, with members including Heathrow and Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as key regional firms such as Fuller, Smith & Turner and Bigham’s. WLB has 15,000+ supporters and convenes 30+ events per annum, including the West London Business Awards.

Our members work together through WLB to raise West London’s global economic competitiveness and catalyse action for people and planet. Through our work we inform and influence the work of local, regional, and national government policymakers and promote inward investment.

To find out more, visit www.westlondon.com.

Media contact:
Fiona Anderson, GEC PR, 07931 382773
[email protected]

Kim Challis Named as Incoming Chair of West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group


West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group (CLAG), has announced that Kim Challis, Regional Managing Director of APCOA UK & Ireland, will imminently take over the role of Chair of the business-led solutions group.

Kim Challis is currently Chair designate of CLAG, and will be taking the helm from former Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kay from 1 June 2024.

CLAG was created in June 2021 to formulate business-led actions to respond to the significant economic contraction West London faced as a result of the pandemic, aligning with and complementing the work driven by local authorities and other partners across the sub-region.

The initiative, which formally launched on 2 March 2022 at the Capital West London Growth Summit, has since been coordinated by West London Business (WLB) and supported by the West London Alliance. The group focuses on four workstreams: Recruitment and skills; Place and identity; Net Zero and infrastructure; and Innovation and growth.

Speaking about her appointment, Kim Challis, Regional Managing Director for APCOA’s UK & Ireland and Chair designate of CLAG, said: “I am hugely excited about taking on the prestigious role of Chair of West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group. I look forward to meeting with other corporate WLB members engaged in the work of the West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group to tackle the challenges we face within the area, and devise the actions we can take together to drive improvement for those in our local communities.”

Shanker Patel, Chair, West London Business, added: “I am delighted that Kim will step up to Chair CLAG from 1 June, succeeding John Holland-Kaye.  Kim has taken an active approach to Social value in APCOA UK, leading their work to increase opportunities to develop women and young talent by thinking differently about how the company recruits and markets itself.

“With the right support of Government, West London is exceptionally well placed to drive economic growth in the years ahead with leading corporates collaborating to share best practice. There is a lot of good collaborative work going on locally in West London, but some real risks too: the March 2025 funding cliff edge for key skills and economic development programmes (notably UKSPF), and the labour market squeeze caused by overly restrictive immigration rules that came into effect on 1 April.

“Infrastructure investment is desperately needed.  CLAG members will work together to ensure that Government, National Grid and SSEN urgently address energy capacity constraints.  We will also continue to champion the West London Orbital (WLO) rail scheme which is incredibly good value for money bringing passenger services to a barely used freight line linking Brentford FC to Brent Cross via Old Oak Common.”
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Nature Expert Mike Dilger’s Top Tips To Make Your Garden More Wildlife-Friendly This Spring

21 March – With this week marking the official start of Spring, high-quality optic specialists SWAROVSKI OPTIK has teamed up with TV Presenter and nature expert Mike Dilger, to share top tips for making UK gardens more wildlife-friendly this Spring.

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Leadership and Sustainability Innovation Take Centre Stage at The West London Business Awards 2024

Leadership and Sustainability Innovation Take Centre Stage at
The West London Business Awards 2024

A total of 24 winners were recognised at the 2024 West London Business Awards.

Hosted by comedienne Jenny Eclair and attended by over 400 business leaders, entrepreneurs, and VIPs, the Awards was held at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 16th  February.
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WEST LONDON’S FILM AND TV INDUSTRY IS GLOBALLY SOUGHT-AFTER AND ACTIVELY GROWING THE UK ECONOMY

West London’s Film And TV Industry Is Globally Sought-After And Actively Growing The UK Economy

A new report looking into the economic viability of the film and TV industry reveals that West London is now firmly established as a global film and TV destination that is both building the West London local economy, and also demonstrating how other areas in the UK can learn from it to generate financial growth and local jobs.
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West London Business Awards 2024 Shortlist Revealed


West London Business Awards 2024 Shortlist Revealed

4 January 2024 – The 11th annual West London Business Awards once again celebrate the sub-region’s world-class talent and business excellence…  

The West London Business Awards continue the tradition of recognising the best of business across the sub-region by today revealing nominees for the 2024 shortlist. Now in their 11th year, the awards recognise organisations big and small for their achievements in making West London the best place to do business. Since nominations opened in July, entries have been received from across a range of industries and the judging process has been highly competitive. All shortlisted organisations are congratulated for making this stage of the awards process.
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