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Update – III Biennial of Underwater Tourism of the Azores

The III Biennial of Underwater Tourism of Azores (IIIBTSA) will take place in Santa Cruz da Graciosa, Azores, next 14, 15 and 16 of October in a partnership between the Regional Association of Tourism (ART) and AGRAPROME, Associação Graciosense de Promoção de Eventos. This third edition gives continuity to the aims of this event in contributing for the affirmation of the Region of Azores as diving destination. This year will again have the presence of professionals and specialists in diving and tourism.  In total there will be eight sessions divided in two days of work approaching thematics such as Dive Tourism¸ Entrepreneurs associated with the Tourism, Diving as Sustainable Activity, Health and Security in Diving and, finally, Technical Aspects of Diving. This edition will have the presence of speakers coming from the Azores, mainland Portugal, Madeira Islands and Spain:

Azores:

- Behavior code in the activity of diving with sharks – Frederico Cardigos, Director of Direcção Regional dos Assuntos do Mar

- Diving with Sharks in the Azores – Nuno Sá (Photographer)

- Evolution and Perspectives of the Sea Reserves in the Azores for the activity of diving Marco Aurélio Santos of the DRAM

- Case Presentation – Paulo Reis of the company Santa Maria Paralelo 37

- Trends of Commercialization and Communication in Diving – Francisco Silva of ART and professor of the ESHTE

- Strategy of ART for the development of the underwater tourism in the Azores – José Toste

- Project for the Dória Marine Park in the island of São Miguel – Catarina Garcia of the DRC

- Dangerous Species in the Azores, precautions and actions after accident – João Pedro Barreiros of the UAC

- Diving in the Azores: Azores – Guide of the Agents of Tourist Animation and Maritime Tourism Operators – Francisco Silva and José Toste

Mainland Portugal:

- Experience and contributions of underwater sports for the diving professional activity – Ricardo José, FPAS

- The Potential of the Azores for Tech Diving as well as Deep Diving and Cave Diving: technical, logistics and operational issues – João Neves – Submate

- Artificial Reefs – Oasis of Life – Rui Guerra (Photographer)

- Prevention measures and dangerous species in Azores -  Oscar Camacho of the Unit of Hyperbaric Medicine at Hospital Pedro Hispano Matosinhos

Madeira:

- The case of Porto Santo Marine Reserve – Director of the Madeira Islands Natural Park, Paulo Oliveira

- Sinking boats for diving: The case of the “Madeirense” – Carlos Freitas

Spain

- Experience of the Marine Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galiza – Mercedes Olmedo, Spanish Institute of Oceanography

- Sinking boats for diving: A Spanish perspective – Alex Lorente of Medas Islands

- Impacts of the activity of diving at the ecological level and the strategies to minimize them – Alex Lorente of Medas Islands

- Quality of Service in Diving – David Perea (PADI)

- Security in the Diving – David Perea (PADI)

Throughout the days of the event, several documentary films will be shown, from the Azores and related to the subjects discussed, as well as an exhibition, promoted by ART, that intends to unveil a little of what will be the Azores Diving Guide, a project to be concluded for the International Tourism Fair in Lisbon 2012.

At least 36 diving operators from all the Azorean Islands are already confirmed, exceeding all previous editions, as well as several tourism and travel related professionals. More at the official website: www.bienal-turismosubaquatico.org (Portuguese and Spanish)

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