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The Christmas Island Tourism Association Launches the Essential Christmas Island Travel Guide
By Jason Heller, September 28, 2007 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

Shaun & Beth Tierney compiled a fantastic travel guide for Christmas Island, a tiny dot in the Indian Ocean that is barely known and even less explored...

Christmas Island is one of natures most impressive feats: from the unique annual red crab migration to rare and unusual birds and glorious deserted beaches where the only footprints in the sand are those made by nesting turtles. With so many endemic species, the island is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean. Yet it also displays a curious amalgam of cultures, history and industry, emerging as a place where all these elements create a truly unusual travel experience.

However, this very unique destination is almost unheard of outside the region, which is why the islanduA?s Tourism Association and Economic Development Committee decided to produce a comprehensive guide for visitors. Linda Cash, Marketing Manager for the Tourism Association comments: Over the past two years there have been many changes here and we knew that it was time to start promoting the island in a very different way. We met UK based photojournalists, Beth and Shaun TierneyuA? when they visited us to explore our diving. The project developed from there and we are very excited with our new guide book. Beth and Shaun revisited Christmas and immersed themselves in our world - walking every path, diving every site and searching out every indigenous animal. They probably know more about us now than we know ourselves!

The result is a fully illustrated and comprehensive guide that covers every aspect of exploring and enjoying this destination. Laid out in themed chapters the book covers the ocean and the landscapes, the wildlife and the islanduA?s unusual culture and history.

The book is an impressive souvenir, with stunning photography throughout, and is also packed full of practical advice. There are step-by-step guides, maps and full directions so that travellers can discover all of the island in comfort and safety, and without missing a thing.

Author Beth Tierney commented "The first time we went to Christmas it was just to dive, but we fell head over heels for the place. There is a truly special ambience to this tiny island. It's not really Australia and it's not really Asia, instead it reflects something of both, but mostly it's a haven for some of the rarest wildlife on the planet. Christmas Island is an absolute gem, a unique natural realm that creates a spectacular travel experience for those who like to discover, enjoy and learn about things that cannot be found anywhere else."

The essential Christmas Island Travel guide is now available from The Christmas Island Tourism Association priced at AU$29.99.

For more information please contact Linda Cash, marketing@christmas.net.au



Features within the book include:
- Colour photography throughout
- Island and town maps
- Full directory of all island business including where to stay, eat and drink
- Full touring details to all island sites
- Special features on endemic wildlife


First Edition July 2007
ISBN 978-0-646-47591-2

Publisher Christmas Island Tourism Association (Incorporated),
PO Box 63, Christmas Island,
Author Beth Tierney
Photographer Shaun Tierney
Editor & Project Manager Linda Cash



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