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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TO PREMIERE ASHEVILLE BY DESIGN, THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF NETWORK’S WEEKLY TRAVEL BLOCK

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:30

Premiering Thursday, September 20 at 6:30/5:30c, Asheville By Design, Celebrates Asheville’s Unique Artistic City Culture 

(NEW YORK, NY – September 20, 2018) – – National Geographic announced today a new, 30-minute custom content special featuring the quirky and charismatic city of Asheville, North Carolina in partnership with Explore Asheville. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville is a small city that’s big on its history of craft and creativity, cool mountain air, and breathtaking attractions. Premiering Thursday, September 20 at 6:30/5:30c on National Geographic, this one-hour travel special explores the magic of Asheville, showcasing the enchantment and relaxation travelers experience here is no accident, it’s ‘By Design.’

“This is just the kind of storytelling National Geographic loves to share with our viewers—a truly unique and authentic travel experience unlike any other city in the country,” said Kimberly Connaghan, VP global partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “We are proud to partner with Explore Asheville and shine a light on this artistic community where differences are encouraged and celebrated.”

Asheville is known for its stunning landscapes and its charming, friendly streets. But viewers will soon see this city that has far more to offer then meets the eye – its locals are talented artists, musicians, makers and farmers. They are all part of a city in motion with an intentional design that embraces the area’s cultural roots and prepared it for its incredible growth.  ‘By Design’ explores the treasures of this art-centric mountain town that has the country buzzing—a hip getaway destination that is synonymous with excellent food, friendly faces, and breweries for miles. Tune in to discover the beat that has Asheville dancing, and see for yourself why this funky, little town has become a cultural enclave for all things creative.

“National Geographic is a master at weaving together the stories that reflect the heart of the Asheville area,” said Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Deputy Director and VP of Marketing Marla Tambellini. “Their team shares our passion for the people, places and ingenuity that make Asheville so special.”

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. San Diego, California is the next destination to be featured in the new travel line-up. This cities series will continue to 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.

Media Contact

Heather Wyatt, National Geographic, Heather.Wyatt@natgeo.com, (917) 952-8679

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.

G Adventures and National Geographic Expeditions Add New ‘Journeys’ to South America and Europe for 2019

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 15:45

Small-group tours in Bolivia, Northern Peru, Portugal, Romania and Hungary are now on sale 

Boston, MA/Washington, D.C. (September 18, 2018) – Entering the fourth year of their successful partnership, National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures announce new destinations and tours for 2019 that go on sale this week. With the additions, the National Geographic Journeys’ line of small-group tours further expands into South America and Europe and introduces a mix of hot spots and off-the-beaten-path adventures that are designed to challenge and enrich curious explorers while meeting a rising demand for the destinations.

Beginning in January, travelers will have the chance to take advantage of Bolivia’s recently-improved tourism infrastructure and experience its stunning landscapes, including the famous Uyuni Salt Flats, while learning about its rich cultural heritage and visiting one of the highest cities on Earth. Also new in South America for 2019, a tour of Peru’s archaeologically and ecologically-wondrous north will have travelers exploring cloud forests, hiking a huge waterfall and peering back into pre-Incan times. An additional combination tour of the northern Chachapoyas region, coupled with a visit to iconic Machu Picchu by train, offers a fantastic 16-day deep-dive into life in Peru.

In Europe, National Geographic Journeys builds on growing international interest in Portugal as a vacation destination with two new tours that are eight or 15 days in length. The first, focusing on Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, celebrates the country’s rich food, wine and architectural marvels. The second combines one week in Portugal with another in Spain, adding the Moorish masterpiece of Alhambra with time for wandering through charming Seville. According to Portugal’s National Statistics Institute, the country welcomed a record 12.7 million international visitors in 2017, with a more than 30 percent increase in guests from the U.S. In Europe’s Eastern region, a new tour in Hungary and Romania has its launch point in Budapest before moving on to Transylvania, for a fascinating and slightly haunting dose of history, culture, myths and legends at Bran Castle.

Launched in late 2015 with a World Tourism Day celebration, National Geographic Journeys has grown from 70 tours in its initial year to 89 different tours in 55 countries today. Since last fall, a special focus on expanding Journeys tours further into Africa and Asia helped bring new travelers to Tanzania, Botswana, Mongolia and Indonesia.

The National Geographic Journeys line of trips offers hands-on exploration, with an emphasis on storytelling, local immersion and social good. Priced from $1,099 per person and from six to 30 days in length, the itineraries are designed for travelers who appreciate having free time and flexibility, but value the structure and security that come with group travel. Each trip is led by a knowledgeable, local guide called a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and is filled with opportunities for making meaningful connections with other people. Whenever possible, travelers visit projects and community initiatives associated with National Geographic or G Adventures that help improve local livelihoods and protect natural or cultural heritage.

G Adventures reported that during the past year, the National Geographic Journeys trips have delivered the strongest growth of all its trip styles, with a 33 percent year-over-year increase among American travelers, and a 40 percent surge in booking sales vs. the year prior. Peru, South Africa, Australia and Morocco were the top four most popular destinations booked by Journeys travelers from the United States.

“The Journeys story is all about growth. Compared to even two years ago, bookings of these trips have soared more than 100 percent and we’re adding more product for these European and South American destinations to keep up with demand,” said Ben Perlo, North American Managing Director for G Adventures.

“We are thrilled with the strong growth of the Journeys line and are pleased to expand our offerings allowing consumers to experience different parts of the globe,” added Heather Heverling, Senior Vice President, National Geographic Expeditions. “It feels good to be able to offer people even more ways to connect with the inspiring community programs and fieldwork each of our organizations support.”

The new and updated tours for 2019 are:

  • Highlights of Bolivia (8 days, from USD $1,999.) – Explore the historic capital of Sucre and sky-high La Paz, then experience life at a traditional hacienda among the Jukil community before watching the sunset from atop Uyuni Salt Flats.
  • Peru & Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats (16 days, from USD $4,399.) – Learn about Peru’s former Inca capital of Cusco before an Amazon jungle immersion. HIke the Inca Trail, or catch the scenic train, then pass into Bolivia to explore soaring Andean peaks and the famed Uyunni Salt Flats.
  • Explore Northern Peru (9 days, from USD $2,499.) – Immerse yourself in the Chachapoyas culture and take a cable car ride up to Kuelup Fortress. Hike through the cloud forest to the Gocta waterfall, then explore tombs from pre-Inca Moche culture. Wander through the adobe brick city of Chan Chan.
  • Explore Northern Peru & Machu Picchu (16 days, from USD $4,299.) – Discover traces of pre-Inca cultures in lesser-visited northern Peru, including the mountaintop home of past “Cloud Warriors;” and the eroded adobe ruins of Chan Chan. Round out your exploration of Peru’s fascinating past with an early morning guided visit to magnificent Machu Picchu.
  • Discover Portugal (8 days, from USD $1,899.) – Visit the Sintra UNESCO World Heritage Site and sample Fado night with traditional Portuguese dinner and music in Alfama. Visit the University of Coimbra, wander through Diana’s Temple and end in Porto with a Douro Valley Cruise
  • Iconic Portugal & Spain (15 days, from USD $3,799.) – Follow the fortified wine shipping route in Porto, learn from a local historian’s tour of Toledo, stand in awe of the Moorish Alhambra and see the colorful streets of Seville in this blend of architecture, history and culture.
  • Hungary & Romania Highlights (8 days, from USD $1,999.) – Learn about Budapest’s historic highlights during a guided walk. Visit castles and fortified structures. Prepare a traditional meal with a local chef, and immerse yourself in the haunting past of Transylvania’s Bran Castle in this tour that focuses on history, culture, myth and legends.
  • Discover Central & Eastern Europe (16 days, from USD $4,099.) – On this journey through parts of Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, walk sections of the old Berlin Wall with a historian, visit Egerszalok’s salt springs and water terraces, and dip into thermal bath house waters in Budapest.

For details and a listing of new trips, contact your local travel agent, call 1-877-277-9851, or visit: www.gadventures.com/NGJ-2019  or www.nationalgeographicexpeditions/journeys.

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About G Adventures:  G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer and social enterprise offering the widest selection of affordable small-group land, sea and river tours to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. Founded by Canadian entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip in 1990, G Adventures offers award-winning trips that embrace local accommodation, cuisine and transport, and promise 100 percent guaranteed departures. With more than 750 different itineraries, and experiences that engage and support local communities all over the world, G Adventures’ approach to small-group travel is intimate and sustainable. For more information, please visit: www.gadventures.com

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, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic releases rare joint interview with Bill & Melinda Gates on progress toward reducing global poverty ahead of United Nations General Assembly

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:33
Melinda Gates to take over National Geographic’s Instagram account on Wednesday, September 19   B-roll & visuals available   National Geographic has published a rare joint interview with Bill and Melinda Gates discussing the latest findings highlighted in their Goalkeepers report ahead of the U.N. General Assembly next week. Susan Goldberg, National Geographic’s Editor in Chief, conducted the interview.    In 2017, the Gates Foundation launched Goalkeepers, an initiative to spur action and track progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, improving literacy rates, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities, and more. The report released today provides an update on progress toward meeting the goals, emphasizing the potential greater investments in the development of children hold for society.   In the interview, the Gateses share which goals in the report they are most personally interested in meeting. For Melinda, it’s empowering women and girls and improving women’s access to contraceptives, notably, 200 million more women. For Bill, the development of children, through combatting malnutrition and disease, is top of mind.    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worked with National Geographic to publish this interview today in conjunction with the Goalkeepers report. The interview demonstrates the shared commitment of both organizations in meeting worldwide development goals through relentless research and reporting on the status of these benchmarks around the world.    The Gateses are have long-championed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders at the United Nations. On Wednesday, September 19, Melinda Gates will be taking over @natgeo, National Geographic’s Instagram account, to highlight photos from National Geographic photographers whose work resonates with the global goals supported by Goalkeepers.   FOR MEDIA:   B-ROLL OF THE INTERVIEW, GRAPHICS HIGHLIGHTING REPORT STATS, & PHOTOS AVAILABLE    CONTACT LEAH JEREB at leah.jereb@natgeo.com or (202) 912 6716.

National Geographic and Heineken® Join Forces to Launch “A Wild Lager Story”

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 14:44

The branded content partnership tells the unique story of scientific discovery behind the H41 Wild Lager

WASHINGTON (September 10, 2018) —Following the U.S. launch of the H41 Wild Lager, National Geographic and Heineken have introduced “A Wild Lager Story,” a branded content partnership created to bring the beer’s unique scientific – and accidental – discovery to life.

 National Geographic’s long-time mission has been to awaken curiosity in audiences around the world, proving to them that the term “explorer” isn’t limited to one meaning. With brand alignment on the importance of science and discovery, Heineken saw National Geographic as a natural fit to help share the story of H41.

To capture the footage for this branded content endeavor, National Geographic traveled with Heineken to Patagonia– the birthplace of the Wild Lager series– to retrace the footsteps of H41 alongside both Diego Libkind, PhD Biologist at IPATEC (CONICET – UNCo) in Bariloche, Argentina, who discovered the elusive “Mother Yeast,” and Willem van Waesberghe, Heineken’s Global Master Brewer.

While in Patagonia, National Geographic film crews aimed to capture the story as told by Diego and Willem in the environment where the discovery was made. Bringing Diego and Willem back to the place where it all started, the two men tell the tale of the groundbreaking discovery of a rare form of yeast – chronicling the multi-year and largely trial-and-error brewing journey that led to H41, and explaining how it took the past, the present and the collision of two worlds to create an entirely new category of beer.

“Just as we do atNational Geographic, we see that Heineken places a high value on exploration, science and storytelling,” said Brendan Ripp, EVP Sales & Partnerships at National Geographic. “We’re thrilled that this partnership and our connection to the world’s top storytellers and filmmakers has helped Heineken chronicle Dr. Libkind’s discovery and the brewing trial-and-error of their new Wild Lager series.”

Launched today, the “A Wild Lager Story” branded content partnership centers around a 3-minute mini documentary and various social, digital and linear edits that depict different parts of the story – each crafted for the platform they’re running on. The mini documentary is housed on a branded article pagethat highlights the story.

 “Heineken is meticulous about our brewing process. We take a scientific approach to getting it just right, spending years exploring ingredients and perfecting the brewing process,” said Raul Esquer, Heineken Brand Manager. “In partnering with National Geographic, we saw an opportunity to pair our ability to craft beer with their ability to craft stories to not only drive consumption of H41 but ignite consumers’ curiosity to learn more about Heineken’s passion for brewing.”

H41 Wild Lager is a limited-edition lager created by Heineken Master Brewers, made from a rare wild yeast discovered in Patagonia in 2010, and named for the coordinates at which it was discovered: 41° South and 71° West.

“After discovering the yeast, we published our findings in an article in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (USA), which found its way into the hands of Willem van Waesberghe at Heineken,” said Libkind. “He contacted me with his interest to use the yeast for brewing. The years that followed tell a story of discovery, innovation and partnership, resulting in a beer unlike any other, truly born in nature in my home of Bariloche. It’s a unique story, and in all my initial conversations with Heineken, it was apparent that they wanted to keep the story as real as possible – something that was very important to me as well. I knew that Heineken was not just interested in the yeast, but in the story behind it and its Patagonian heritage. I’m thrilled that people everywhere can now experience this story in a new way with National Geographic.”

With “A Wild Lager Story,” National Geographic captures the central role craft plays in Heineken’s work, amplifies this authentic story of scientific discovery, Heineken’s spirit of adventure by showcasing their desire to explore – whether through new recipes or new terrains – and H41’s role in taking lager where it has never been before.

This partnership demonstrates National Geographic’s ability to simultaneously support partners’ advertising goals while shining light on everyday scientists and their endeavors.

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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, National Geographic WILD, National Geographic MUNDO, National Geographic 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.

HEINEKEN USA

HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation’s leading high-end beer importer, is a subsidiary of HEINEKEN International NV, the world’s most international brewer. Key brands imported into the U.S. are Heineken®, the world’s most international beer brand, the Dos Equis Franchise, the Tecate Franchise and Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders. HEINEKEN USA also imports Amstel Light, Amstel Xlight, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands. For the latest information on our company and brands, follow us on Twitter @HeinekenUSACorp, or visit HEINEKENUSA.com.

Press Contact:

Courtney Rowe, courtney.rowe@natgeo.com

National Geographic Set to Pull Kids into Universe of Exploration, Adventure and Science with First-Ever 360-Degree Fiction Franchise

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 20:25

Global Campaign for EXPLORER ACADEMY Kicks Off at National Book Festival

Washington, D.C. – National Geographic Kids will launch its largest campaign ever for its first 360-degree transmedia fiction franchise, Explorer Academy, at the National Book Festival on September 1, 2018. The first title in the seven-book, middle-grade series, Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret (September 4, 2018), written by Trudi Trueit, is inspired by the real adventures and fieldwork of National Geographic explorers.

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret brings together a diverse, multicultural cast of characters for a thrilling quest that combines science-based fact with futuristic fun. This uniquely interactive series invites readers to break codes and solve puzzles alongside Cruz and his friends as they travel the world aboard the ship Orion, immersing themselves in other cultures and learning about science and technology from real explorers in the field.

“We want kids to be inspired to explore and take on the mindset of explorers,” said Jennifer Emmett, National Geographic Kids’ Vice President for Content. “Kids who grow up to be explorers are the next caretakers of our planet, so we need to empower the whole generation.”

The Explorer Academy series is the initial phase in National Geographic’s 360-degree franchise launch, one that will include everything from online interactive elements to family entertainment centers around the world. The marketing campaign includes a kick-off at the National Book Festival, a NYC activation event, a national multi-market tour, movie theater promotions, a kid ambassador program, TV and radio promotion, transmedia scavenger hunts, and consumer advertising—reaching 38 million consumers.

As a headline sponsor of the National Book Festival, National Geographic will offer an array of activities for festival-goers, including in-booth and stage presentations from author Trudi Trueit and National Geographic Explorer Zoltan Takacs, a scavenger hunt, a code-breaking station, explorer trivia, and a virtual reality experience.

Following the National Book Festival, Trudi will embark on a North American tour, accompanied by Zoltan and beginning in New York City with a one-day Explorer Academy Recruitment Center activation. Visitors will test their skills to determine if they have what it takes to train at Explorer Academy. Additionally, they will discover what type of explorer they are destined to become. The event will be open to press and the public on September 5, 2018.

A local explorer will accompany Trudi to school visits, bookstore signings and press opportunities to promote the release of Explorer Academy in each of the following markets: New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The full tour schedule is online here.

Movie theaters in 10 top markets across the country will run the Explorer Academy book trailer over four weeks in the fall and distribute chapter samplers. Among the movie markets are Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Francisco, in addition to several of the tour cities.

 Lastly, one lucky family of four will win the Explorer Academy Sweepstakes—a shipboard adventure through Alaska’s Inside Passage, courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions (Entries accepted May 1, 2018–May 31, 2019 at exploreracademytrip.com).

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret is the first book published under the new National Geographic Kids Books fiction imprint, Under the Stars. Book two in the series and a companion codebreaking activity book are scheduled for publication in Spring 2019.

 

ADVANCE PRAISE

“A FUN, EXCITING and action-packed ride that kids will love.”

—J.J. Abrams, award-winning film and television creator, writer, producer and director

“Inspires the next generation of curious kids to go out into our world and discover something unexpected.”

—James Cameron, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and acclaimed filmmaker

 

KIDS’ PRAISE

“This was the best book I have ever read … I felt like I was exploring with them!” —Miriam, age 10

“I think this book should be read by men, women and children.” —Jack, age 10

EARLY REVIEWS

“This series opener from a new imprint of National Geographic is a fully packed high-tech adventure that offers both cool, educational facts about the planet and a diverse cast of fun characters.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This exciting series opener introduces young readers to the joys of science and nature.” —Publishers Weekly

 

Press Contacts:

Ann Day, ann.day@natgeo.com, 202-912-6712

Caitlin Holbrook, caitlin.holbrook@natgeo.com, 202-912-6714

 

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 Takes “Planet or Plastic?” Initiative Back-to-School

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 15:11

National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Education Team Up to Offer Easy Ways to Help Families Go Single-Use-Plastic Free As They Kick Off New School Year

Kids Invited to Help Solve the Issue with Kids vs. Plastic, 2018 GeoChallenge and September’s Explorer Classroom Programs

WASHINGTON (Aug. 24, 2018)— As the amount of plastic in the ocean continues to grow, National Geographic asks kids and families to join them in tackling the pressing plastic problem as they head back to school.

Launched in May, National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? campaign – a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters in the world’s oceans – has already made headlines in asking consumers to make a choice: Choose the planet over single-use plastic. Now, with the launch of Kids vs. Plastic, a Tackling Plastic! GeoChallenge and a special September Explorer Classroom program, National Geographic is asking kids to join the effort. National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Education have teamed up to offer a variety of ways for families to make a dent in the more than 8 million tons of plastic that end up in the ocean each year.

Kids and parents can learn more about the plastic pollution problem at natgeokids.com/KidsVsPlastic and begin making changes with:

Students also are invited to team up with classmates around the country for the 2018 GeoChallenge: “Tackling Plastic!” Students can sign up to collaborate, research and come up with real-world solutions to today’s plastic waste problem, with guidance from National Geographic Explorer Kakani Katija.

Additionally, National Geographic Education is dedicating its September theme of the Explorer Classroom program to “Ocean Plastics.” Through Explorer Classroom, students from around the world will connect digitally with the National Geographic Explorers on the front lines of the ocean plastic issue. Students will learn about the Explorers’ work, ask questions and find out how they can help.

By joining the Planet or Plastic? effort, kids and families play an important role in reducing the plastic pollution that marine animals ingest or become suffocated by or entangled in. By reducing the amount of single-use plastic they are taking back to school, kids also will be actively contributing to a healthier planet and investing in their own futures.

National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? will continue to provide more resources for families and consumers throughout the year.

Useful Links:

  • Get the latest updates on Planet or Plastic? HERE and join the conversation on social via #planetorplastic.
  • Read more about plastic in the June issue of National Geographic magazine HERE.
  • Take the pledge for adults HERE.
  • Access media opportunities and a summary of magazine content HERE.
  • View the media tool kit HERE.
  • Learn more about the science and exploration efforts aimed at reducing single-use plastic HERE.

 

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.

Breaking News: Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 14:42

**Breaking News** 

Exclusive: Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter

New data from two Arctic sites suggest some surface layers are no longer freezing. If that continues, greenhouse gases from permafrost could accelerate climate change.

 Spokesperson and Visuals Available 

For the first time in recent memory, the ground that insulates the deep Arctic permafrost did not freeze in winter. In Cherskiy, 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and one of the coldest spots on the planet, a team of scientists bored down into the earth and instead of finding hard soil, they found thick, slushy mud. Researchers in northern Siberia believe that this means the frozen land might be thawing far faster than expected.

This discovery has led some Arctic experts to weigh a troubling question: Could permafrost thaw begin decades sooner than many people expect in some of the Arctic’s coldest, most carbon-rich regions, releasing trapped greenhouse gases that could accelerate human-caused climate change?

Why did one of the coldest places on earth not freeze? What does this mean for global warming? How can this trend be prevented?

National Geographic’s climate and environment expert, Craig Welch, was on the ground in Siberia with the scientists and is available to provide insight into these concerns and address the ongoing research.

 Read the full story HERE. 

Craig Welch, National Geographic environment and climate expert, is available for commentary out of Seattle, Washington.

 

Press Contact:

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

Statement in Support of Shahidul Alam

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:01

National Geographic is deeply concerned about the health and well-being of renowned photographer, educator and humanitarian Shahidul Alam. A bright light in the photographic community, Mr. Alam is currently being detained in his native Bangladesh. We join together with others across the world who are troubled by Mr. Alam’s arrest and support his immediate and safe release.

The Story of a Face: National Geographic Unveils Youngest Full-Face Transplant Recipient in American History

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:00

With unprecedented access granted by the Cleveland Clinic, National Geographic dedicated more than two years exclusively documenting this groundbreaking scientific journey

 Featured as the September issue cover story of National Geographic, this is a story about breakthrough science, human identity and hope

 

WASHINGTON August 14, 2018: – In a world that seems increasingly obsessed with image, National Geographic has today unveiled an exclusive and powerful new story, over two years in the making, that asks the question: ‘Are we our faces?’

To follow the story of Katie Stubblefield, the youngest face transplant recipient in U.S. history, a team of National Geographic journalists was given unprecedented access by the Cleveland Clinic to document Katie’s journey and detail a full-face transplant procedure in a way that has never before been done. The story is featured on the cover of the September 2018 edition of National Geographic and is available now at natgeo.com/face. National Geographic has also released a 22-minute documentary, “Katie’s New Face,” here.

The Cleveland Clinic performed the full-face transplant over the course of a 31-hour procedure in 2017. Writer Joanna Connors, as well as photographers Maggie Steber and Lynn Johnson, together spent hundreds of hours with Katie, her parents and doctors over a period of more than two years, documenting Katie’s story at the Cleveland Clinic, throughout many surgeries, and ongoing as she continues her recovery.

“‘The Story of a Face’ is about hope and resilience, identity, the power of a family’s love and devotion to their daughter, and the medical miracle that gives Katie Stubblefield a second chance at life,” said Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine. “It is told with the unparalleled visual storytelling that National Geographic is known for and uniquely connects audiences to the deeply human story behind the science, thanks to the bravery of Katie and her family who gave us unfettered access to share their journey with the world. The result is an extraordinary look at a breakthrough scientific procedure that will make you question how you think about the relationship between outward appearance and our inner selves.”

Katie’s face transplant surgery was paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, in an effort to improve treatment for service members who are wounded in battle and come back with similar injuries. As such, Katie’s face transplant surgery has made her a lifelong experiment for the treatment of ballistic trauma to the face.

Trauma to Katie’s face occurred on March 25, 2014, when Katie was 18 years old, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Katie received a full-face transplant starting May 4, 2017. Katie was 21 years old at that time, making her the youngest full-face transplant recipient in the United States.

Katie was on the transplant list for over a year before a donor was found. Adrea Schneider, a 31-year-old woman who had recently passed away, was a match. Her grandmother, Sandra Bennington, made the decision to donate Adrea’s face to Katie. Adrea was a registered organ donor whose heart, lungs, kidneys and liver were also donated and saved lives across the United States.

In publishing “The Story of a Face,” National Geographic continues its tradition of bringing its audiences around the world incredible stories of science, exploration and the human journey in an up-close and personal way. In the last two years, National Geographic has explored the latest developments in the science behind addiction in response to the global opioid crisis; released a single-topic issue on the shifting landscape of gender that became a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting; and published The Race Issue, a controversial, yet timely exploration of what race means in the 21st century.

“The Story of a Face,” from the September 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine, is available online now at natgeo.com/face and on print newsstands August 28.

INFORMATION FOR PRESS:

Interviews and visuals available.

“Story of a Face” digital hub: natgeo.com/face

Direct link to full cover story, “The Story of a Face”: here

Direct link to full documentary: here

Link to Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg’s Editor’s Letter about the cover story: here

Link to b-roll of Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg discussing “The Story of a Face”: here

Link to list of available spokespeople and individual pieces of content: here

Link to September issue media alert: here

Link to social media toolkit: here

Link to teen suicide prevention resources: http://natgeo.com/katiespeaksup

 

PRESS CONTACTS:

Leah Jereb, Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com, 202-912-6716

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

 

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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 Magazine, September 2018

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National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT announce an extensive long-term cruise partnership

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:00

National Geographic and PONANT create a new strategic partnership to develop its Small Ship Expedition programme in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

With significant shared experience in exploration and luxury travel,
National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT will create unique experiences on board a fleet of state of the art ships

Over 100 unique itineraries have been created by PONANT for
National Geographic Expeditions, on sale from 8th August 2018

Sydney 8th August 2018: National Geographic Expeditions, the travel business of one of the world’s most trusted brands, and PONANT, a world leader of luxury expedition cruises, have today announced a new strategic partnership to create an extensive range of co-branded, luxury expedition cruises. With a shared common vision in premium experiences and responsible travel, PONANT and National Geographic Expeditions will offer an extensive range of expedition cruises throughout the world, targeting customers in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

National Geographic Expeditions is the premium provider of travel experiences that embody the renowned National Geographic spirit of adventure, conservation and education.  Offering unique access, experiences and expertise that only National Geographic can, the company also returns a portion of all proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to support researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance understanding of the planet and its people.

PONANT is a world leader in luxury expedition cruising operating a state of the art fleet of 7 small ships, increasing to 12 by 2021, with the delivery of new Expedition class vessels and a luxury hybrid Icebreaker powered by LNG.  The full fleet has been ‘clean ship’ certified and offers a number of leading edge technologies to protect the environment, including recycling and reuse programmes, reduced exhaust emissions and sustainable purchasing practices. All efforts made by the luxury cruise operator are designed to respect the environment and marine life.

As part of the overall experience, PONANT will create unique itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, transporting guests in style and comfort along with innovative new features, including a new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye. National Geographic Expeditions will provide a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel and engage with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.

The luxury ships will offer an intimate experience with total passengers ranging from 180 to 240 per cruise and 130 itineraries have been designed for the next four years, with prices per person starting from A$4730 per person. Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners commented “Today marks a milestone in growing our National Geographic Expeditions business in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. In PONANT, we have a luxury and ethically minded partner with European flair, experience in traveling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network.  We will be working together to offer premium expedition experiences, creating unique itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”

Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for PONANT added “We are thrilled and gratified that one of the greatest specialist media companies in the world has chosen PONANT to be their expedition cruise partner. This  partnership brings together two highly respected globalorganisations with shared values and a common goal to inspire guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability.

The new cruise experiences will be available to book from 8th August 2018. Discover the video and expedition cruises on PONANT website at au.ponant.com/national-geographic

Discover more on National Geographic Expeditions website at www.nationalgeographic.com.au/ponant

Dedicated Phone line: Australia: 1800 889 088 | New Zealand: +61 2 8311 0808

Dedicated Email: natgeo.au@ponant.com

Drawing on the National Geographic Society’s 130 years of exploration and storytelling, National Geographic Expeditions offers a wide range of unique travel experiences, including small ship voyages, private jet expeditions, small group tours, private tours, a collection of luxury sustainable lodges, and more. Trips are organised in over 80 countries on all seven continents, from the tropical atolls of French Polynesia to the peaks of Nepal and the ice world of the Arctic.

 

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Notes To Editors

For National Geographic Expeditions please contact:

Angela Alexander, National Geographic Publicity: 0411 483 321

Angela.Alexander@fox.com

For PONANT, please contact:

Michael Corbett, Manager PR.  Phone: 0417 469 228

Email: michael.corbett@bigpond.com

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 unrivalled 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.  Every year, the Society awards more than 575 grants to scientists, educators, innovators, and storytellers around the world. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About PONANT

Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard smaller-scale ships. www.ponant.com