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Well-known throughout the Red Sea and at dive shows, Emperor Divers’ Regional Manager, Luke Atkinson, has been promoted to General Manager for the Red Sea in a positive step to manage the day diving and liveaboards for Emperor Divers. 

Luke, who has been with Emperor since 2009, has an enviable understanding of all things Red Sea having arrived as a dive instructor and working his way to managerial positions, although his love of diving remains at his core, particularly when taking his camera under water.

Popular with the UK, Dutch and Belgium divers, Luke is also recognised for his entertaining dive show talks. He not only understands what it is that guests want from their holidays but also knows the dive sites, marine life and local people better than many others.

Andy Telford, Emperor Divers’ Managing Director, said, "This is a real string in the bow for us and we know Luke will take on the role with his usual optimistic, ‘can-do’ demeanour. Not only does he get the best from those he works with but guests have a natural respect for his knowledge and friendly approach whilst getting the job done."

With an expanding range of liveaboards in the Maldives, Emperor Divers is enjoying a period of exciting growth and development. With a fleet of liveaboards and dive centres in the Red Sea, Emperor Maldives recently merged their liveaboards with Constellation Fleet Maldives to become the largest liveaboard operator in the area.

Luke Atkinson said, “It’s a great pleasure to take another step up with Emperor. It was always my ambition to join the company as a guide, even before 2009. I can imagine telling that fresh-faced dive instructor back in 2006, on an Emperor holiday in Sharm, that within 10 years he’d be in charge of all of this. He’d probably think I was narked; and wonder where all his hair went."

We're at LIDS in London 11 - 14 February

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BOOT, Düsseldorf


Along with Diverse Travel we will be at LIDS this year at ExCel, London, from Thursday, 11 February to Sunday, 14 February on Stand D140.

Stand D140.

Visit us to find out more about diving the Red Sea and the Maldives with us ... and check out lots of show offers PLUS the chance to win some Red Sea diving.

LIDS opening times:
Thursday 11 February. 1.00pm-8.00pm
Friday 12 February. 10.00am-5.00pm
Saturday 13 February. 9.00am-6.00pm
Sunday 14 February 2016 9.00am-5.00pm

We're at BOOT, Düsseldorf, on 23 January

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BOOT, Düsseldorf

Join us at BOOT dive show from 23 – 31 January in Dusseldorf, Germany.

We will be at Stand B28 loaded with news and diving deals for Emperor Red Sea and Emperor Maldives.

Mike and Kathi look forward to saying Hi!

» More information here


Autumn Sale now OPEN - not just for the dive show

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Autumn Sale

Join us at the Dive Show and find out what warming Autumn Sale offers we've got lined up for you.

And it's not just the Red Sea but the Maldives too!

Red Sea diving from £26 / €35 per day
Red Sea liveaboards from £444 / €599
Maldives liveaboards from £1014 / €1369

Can't make the Dive Show? Then visit here instead!

Hurry as it closes on Friday 6 November.

Win FREE diving for two! NEC Dive Show 2015

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Visit us at Stand 602 and you could be the winner of TWO 5-day dive packs to the wonderful Red Sea diving with us!


Worth up to £425, this is a great chance to dive in warm, clear Red Sea waters. Choose from El Gouna, Marsa Alam, Hamata or Sharm El Sheikh.


Just come and see us at Stand 602 and enter for FREE.

NEC Dive Show 2015

24/25 October, Birmingham
Stand 602

Hope you can join us! We've got the team lined up and ready to give you the latest on the Red Sea and the Maldives.

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Luke Atkinson is giving a Seminar on the diving in Sharm El Sheikh, and other Red Sea diving delights and liveaboards!

Rather catchily titled, "Spectacular Sharm El Sheikh – why it's time to (re)discover its diving charm – and other Red Sea places!"

Catch him from 14.55 to 15.25 on both the Saturday and Sunday in Ocean Theatre 1.

Luke has an entertaining 30 minutes for you complete with photos, anecdotes and interesting information to inspire you!

See you at boot Düsseldorf

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boot Düsseldorf 2015 takes place from 17 - 25 January.

Over 1,650 exhibitors from over 60 countries will put boats and yachts as well as maritime equipment and services on show.

Even better, we will be there in Hall 3 Stand D25.

Do come and say Hi and discover the latest news from the Red Sea and the Maldives.


Supporting Project AWARE

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We were happy to support PADI's Project AWARE at the NEC Dive Show and here we are in the latest issue of Sport Diver!

Theresa Simpson, Director of Emperor Divers, is seen here giving the fabulous prize of a diving holiday to the Maldives with Emperor Maldives to surprised but delighted winner, Bethan Paice. 

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If you'd like to dive the Maldives, then follow this link and enjoy a good old browse!

"Spectacular South Red Sea –
big animals in Marsa and the virgin reefs of Hamata"

Ocean Theatre 2

Luke Atkinson"Focusing on my almost-six years' experience of working and diving in the South Red Sea, this talk will look at both the land based and daily diving perspective. Great graphics will lead the way, with lots of photos of the kinds of big animals you can encounter in my hometown of Marsa Alam, and of the amazing reefs and wrecks of our newest centre down in the deep South of Hamata.

There will be some short videos, anecdotes and a lot of information on how to get here, when to come and where to stay in order to get the best Red Sea hotel based holiday possible. I hope plenty of Emperor guests will show up, with or without rotten fruit and witty heckles, to reminisce about great encounters, learn more about the next trip with us, or simply to take the mickey!

In case that's not enough incentive, there will also be Emperor freebies including all the pictures from the presentation so you can use them to tempt dive buddies to holiday with you – or just to pretty up your PC screensaver.

There's also a digital voucher for a FREE DIVE on your next trip - and you can share it with your Facebook friends.

Oh, and I fully intend to run over the half hour because blue o two are on straight after and you'd rather listen to me, right?"

A small selection of Luke's photos...

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Join us at LIDS this February

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Come and say 'Hi' to Clare and Alex who will be at LIDS on stand 400, beside the entrance, on February 15 and 16.

Discover Red Sea news and some fabulous great value diving!

LIDS has lots to offer this year with great attractions, presentations from well-known speakers and the latest in dive gear. Book your LIDS tickets here and save £3 or buy a combined ticket for all four shows on the same weekend - LIDS, The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, the London Bike Show and the Triathlon Show. 

See you at ExCel, London.



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