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The storm chaser

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When people are fleeing something dangerous, the man running in the opposite direction is George Kourounis. The Canadian adventurer has for 15 years explored furious tornadoes, active volcanoes, floods, blizzards, hail and lightening; often while hosting the TV series Angry Planet, whose 39 episodes were broadcast worldwide from 2006 to 2010. He tells us about getting caught in a tornado, visiting a lethal 52˚C crystal cave and getting married on the edge of an erupting volcano. 

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‘Our greatest responsibility’

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The adventurous Virgin Group chairman says mindful travelling, shared responsibility and continued research into renewable fuels and energy are key to combat climate change.  

Sir Richard Branson is not quite like other multi-billionaire entrepreneurs. Far from living in an economic hub such as London or New York, the self-described ‘tie-loathing adventurer and thrill seeker’ resides on the secluded Necker Island, of the British Virgin Islands; that is, whenever he’s not jetting around the globe attending environmental forums and climate change initiatives. Indeed, for the man who founded Virgin as a record shop in Oxford Street, London, in the early 1970s, only to expand it into a group of 200 companies across areas such as media, travel and finance, conventional wisdom is not always worth listening too. Continue Reading…

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The permanent nomad

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Derek Earl Baron has travelled continually for nearly 13 years. After leaving his US home for a post-graduation trip to south-east Asia in 1999, he has worked on cruise ships, been kidnapped and acted in a Bollywood movie – all while visiting 83 countries. He has no plans to stop just yet.

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‘Time to send a message’

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As the World Travel Market gears up for its 33rd annual event in London this November, chairman Fiona Jeffery says the travel industry needs to send out a clear message about the threats of climate change.

It’s not hard to understand why the World Travel Market is so important. With travel operators, trade professionals, exhibitors and ministers gathering under one roof, the negotiations, trade and decisions made at this global business-to-business event will heavily shape the industry’s future. Now, amid the eurozone’s economic turmoil and the escalating climate crisis, they carry more importance than ever. Continue Reading…