ATLANTA, Aug. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRXI) announced today that to commemorate the 28 th anniversary of the discovery of the wreck site of Titanic, the world's most famed Ocean Liner, RMS Titanic, Inc., the salvor-in-possession of the Ship and its artifacts, will invite guests to take a closer look at the legacy of the ill-fated Ship and her passengers.
On Sunday, Sept. 1, a portion of the proceeds from admission to the company's worldwide exhibitions will be donated to the RMS Titanic Trust, a fund with the sole purpose of supporting the long term care of the wreck site of Titanic. RMS Titanic, Inc, a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., currently presents Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV; Atlantic Station in Atlanta, GA; Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, NM; Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids, MI; Porte de Versailles in Paris, France; and Titanic: The Experience in Orlando, FL and Buena Park, CA.
To bring the experience to new depths, Paul Henry Nargeolet, Director of Underwater Research for RMS Titanic, Inc, and one of the premiere experts on the Ship and its wreck site, will host a live twitter chat that day from 2-3 p.m. EDT.Nargeolet has an impressive and tenured history with Titanic. Widely considered the leading authority on the wreck site, Nargeloet has lead 6 expeditions to Titanic, completed 30 dives in the submersible and supervised the recovery of 5,000 artifacts, including the recovery of the "Big Piece" a 20 ton section of Titanic's hull. Nargeolet will be tweeting from the @RMS_Titanic_Inc handle using the hashtag #TitanicDiscovery. Nargeolet will answer questions about his experiences more than two miles below the ocean surface, the state of the wreck site after over a century underwater as well as exactly 28 years after its discovery, and how visitors to the exhibitions, through RMS Titanic, Inc., help preserve the artifacts and legacy of Titanic. "The goal of RMS Titanic, Inc. is to educate the public, not only about Titanic's past, but its future. The wreck is deteriorating dramatically; the decay is becoming more and more visible. Collecting as much scientific data and artifacts as we can is excruciatingly important now as we battle time and the destructive forces on the ocean floor including bacteria, oxidation and tremendous currents," said Nargeolet. "What still impresses me today is the endless fascination over Titanic. Generation after generation is hungry to learn more about the history of the ship, the state-of-the-art deep water technology being used to map the site and the new conservation processes for the artifacts." Titanic was first discovered on September 1, 1985, nearly two and a half miles below the ocean's surface. Since the wreck was found, RMS Titanic, Inc. has served as the exclusive steward of Titanic which tragically sank on April 15, 1912. Hand-in-hand with its dedication to preserving the legacy of the Ship through education and exploration, the company's donation of a portion of the proceeds from admission to the Exhibitions on Sept. 1 to RMS Titanic Trust will be dedicated to preserving and caring for the wreck site of Titanic. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Titanic: The Experience have been seen by more than 25 million visitors worldwide since first opening in 1994. The exhibitions take visitors on a journey through the life of Titanic. Along the way visitors learn countless stories of heroism and humanity that honor the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. About Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Titanic The Experience -- The grand story of the "Ship of dreams" is revived through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Titanic The Experience. Travel back in time and experience the wonder and tragedy of the world's most famous ocean-liner. Using authentic artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck site of Titanic, 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface, as well as extensive recreations of some of the Ship's most famous rooms, visitors learn countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. Tickets and more information about the Exhibitions can be found online: www.RMSTitanic.net About RMS Titanic, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. -- RMS Titanic, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc., is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of Titanic. The Company was granted salvor-in-possession rights to the wreck of Titanic by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division in 1994 and has conducted eight research and recovery expeditions to Titanic recovering more than 5,500 artifacts. In the summer of 2010, RMS Titanic, Inc. conducted a ground-breaking expedition to Titanic 25 years after its discovery, to undertake innovative 3D video recording, data gathering and other technical measures so as to virtually raise Titanic, preserving the legacy of the Ship for all time. About Premier Exhibitions, Inc. -- Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRXI), located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a foremost presenter of museum quality exhibitions throughout the world. Premier is a recognized leader in developing and displaying unique exhibitions for education and entertainment including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, BODIES...The Exhibition, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, and Real Pirates in partnership with National Geographic. The success of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. lies in its ability to produce, manage, and market exhibitions. Additional information about Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is available at the Company's web site: www.prxi.com .
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