Published On: Wed, Nov 13th, 2013

As World “Gets Bigger,” Caribbean Diving Industry Takes Advantage

Curaçao stand at the DEMA Show 2013

Curaçao stand at the DEMA Show 2013

The annual diving trade show, DEAM, held this year in Orlando, Fla., brought together thousands of patrons and exhibitors from the diving industry over the course of nearly a week.

The DEMA show saw strong showings from Caribbean diving mainstays like Bonaire and the Cayman Islands, along with destinations looking to grow their sectors like Curacao — which is actually still discovering new dive sites each year, according to Andre Rojer, marketing coordinator at the Curacao Tourism Board – North America.

“We have a region in totality that is perfect for diving — warm Caribbean waters, you don’t need a dry suit, we have so many different species of fish, colourful reefs,” Rojer said. “There’s no doubt that diving is important to the region — and we have to keep it this way in terms of reef conservation, and be on the lookout to minimize lionfish invasion and other threats we’re facing within the Caribbean.”

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