Member Press Releases

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Rios Tropicales Wins Skål International 2014 Sustainable Adventure Tourism Award

October 28, 2014

San Jose, COSTA RICA – Skål International announces Rios Tropicales, Costa Rica’s leading adventure company, as the winner of its 2014 Sustainable Tourism Award in the category of Tour Operators. What began in 1985 as a simple dream to pursue a love of paddling, provide jobs for fellow Costa Ricans and support rainforest land protection developed into Rios Tropicales, Costa Rica’s award-winning adventure company and geotourism leader. Skål International’s 2014 Sustainable Tourism Awards follows an evaluation carried out by three independent judges with scores summed at the Skål Secretariat. The project getting the highest score is declared winner in the respective category. “We’re honored to receive this award recognizing our consistent programs and principles that support replicable, community-driven, sustainable tourism,” says Rios Tropicales President and Cofounder Rafael Gallo. Rios Tropicales runs its adventure company with a foundation of sustainability principles... Read More →

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Natural Habitat Adventures Launches Aurora Pod: Latest of Three Ways to View Northern Lights In Rare Comfort and Warmth

October 28, 2014

Boulder, CO - Natural Habitat Adventures (Nat Hab), the world’s premier nature travel company, is a trail blazer in creating ways to expand and enhance guest experiences – and comfort. Nat Hab is proud to announce its newest innovation in guest access and luxury – the Aurora Pod. This exclusive, custom-built structure featuring geometric glass construction (from waist-height up) is fully heated and equipped with reclining chairs for a 360-degree, unobstructed view of the northern lights. This new installation is now in place just outside of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, among the best places on the planet to view the lights. Churchill is located directly beneath the Van Allen Belt, a layer of energy-charged particles that wraps the polar regions and is held in place by the Earth’s magnetic field, creating one of the heaviest concentrations of auroral activity in the world. “The year 2015 is expected to be near the peak of a long-term cycle of solar flare activity,” said... Read More →

Member Press Releases     57839457934875 Announces Partnership with Mango Languages

October 28, 2014 members can now access language-learning software for free. Sanibel –, a new travel website offering lodging and activity reservations based on user interests, is proud to partner with Mango Languages. This partnership will give travelers booking their lodging through access to Mango Languages’ first two units completely free to develop travelers’ language and culture skills prior to and during travel. “Many of us at Mango are travelers, so we’re excited to partner with to reach other global travelers looking to get the most of their experiences,” said Jason Teshuba, CEO of Mango Languages. “Mango Languages’ core purpose is to enrich lives through language and culture, and our partnership with will help give more travelers the gift of language and culture.” Mango Languages offers courses in more than 60 languages, in addition to English courses tailored to native speakers of 17 languages.... Read More →

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Savory Institute Announces Sierra Gorda as an Accredited Affiliated Hub

October 28, 2014

Sierra Gorda will lead in Queretaro, Mexico introducing SI Holistic Management programming to local communities, government, NGOs and farmers Queretaro, MEXICO – Savory Institute, an International US based non-profit, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, an organization to serve as a local hub for ecological, social and financial restoration in Mexico through education, training and consulting services. “Sierra Gorda has been extremely successful in uniting stakeholders on multiple fronts to come together over shared goals. Their commitment to regenerating large tracts of land, to empowering rural people who depend on that land, and to building interwoven collaborative communities is incredible. ” said Daniela Ibarra Howell, CEO of Savory Institute.Org. Mario David Pedraza stated, “Our objective is to generate innovative opportunities that mitigate climate change and poverty while linking natural and financial capital so that the... Read More →

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic & Google Street View Reinvent 21st Century Exploration

October 28, 2014

Launch Trekker Imagery of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Video of the trekker training & trek:   Trekker technology captures imagery of one of the most rarely-visited places on earth, made famous by Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the bravest and most remarkable explorers. Offers end users the literal experience of being an explorer by traveling to places where traditional vehicles – or they – cannot go. Launch of the live imagery commemorates the Centennial of Shackleton’s legendary Trans-Antarctic Expedition bringing together the storied past and boundless future of exploration. His ship, Endurance, sailed from Buenos Aires to Antarctica on October 26, 1914, and was trapped and subsequently lost in the ice. Shackleton and five crewmembers sailed a lifeboat from Elephant Island 800 miles to South Georgia to secure rescue – a feat considered among the most historic and heroic in the annals of exploration. Users can discover the path of the legendary polar... Read More →

Member Press Releases     The Khiri Travel team with the NTCC 'Best Tourism Company' award

Khiri Travel Wins ‘Best Tourism Company’ Award

October 28, 2014

The Khiri Travel team with the NTCC ‘Best Tourism Company’ award Khiri Travel Thailand has won the 16th Annual NTCC (Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce) Business Award for ‘Best Tourism Company.’ The award was announced at the 2014 NTCC Business Awards presentation dinner at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Bangkok, on Tuesday. Khiri Travel CEO and Founder, Willem Niemeijer, received the award for Khiri Travel, a tour operator. The company was founded in 1993 in Bangkok and now has 160 employees in seven countries. Khiri Travel Thailand, with offices in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, employs 45. A panel of NTCC judges assessed the Best Tourism Company applications. Much of the judging criteria were based on sustainable and responsible best practices in the office and in the field with travelers. The judges analyzed the Khiri Travel Thailand submission based on sustainability (people, profit, planet), HR development, the enhancement of Thai-Benelux relations, innovation,... Read More →

Member Press Releases     Ripon Printers Digital Printing Department

Two International Awards Competitions Recognize Ripon Printers and Its Customers

October 28, 2014

The Premier Print Awards and Gold Ink Awards both recently honored the work of Ripon Printers and several of its customers. As a leading printer of catalogs, direct mail, publications, manuals and soft-cover educational products, Ripon embraces best production practices and collaborates with clients to constantly raise the quality bar. The company’s consistently strong showing in highly competitive print competitions reflects, in part, Ripon’s quality-first commitment. Billed as the world’s most prestigious international print competition with more than 3,000 entries submitted, the Premier Print Awards selected ELITE Luxury Publishing Watch Guide 2013/14 for an Award of Recognition in the Magazines (Cover—sheetfed; Interior—web) category. Sister publication ELITE Travel: Asia; Hotels; Sept/Oct 2013; Jan/Feb 2014 received a Certificate of Merit for Magazine Series. Earlier this year, the oft-recognized publication took first place honors in the Graphic Excellence Awards. Also receiving... Read More →

Member Press Releases     Redpoint

Redpoint Adds New Marketing Partner

October 21, 2014

Becomes the office evacuation provider for ATTA employees and the ATTA’s Adventure Travel World Summit San Mateo, CA – Redpoint Resolutions LLC and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) have entered into an agreement whereby Redpoint, and its evacuation and rescue membership program, Ripcord, are now the preferred provider of travel protection services to the ATTA and its 2014 Adventure Travel World Summit Delegates. “We are extremely pleased to enter this partnership with the ATTA”, said Tom Bochnowski, Vice President at Redpoint. “We are leaders in the business of protecting travelers abroad and look forward to making our global evacuation and rescue services available to the ATTA and its members.” Redpoint’s travel protection product, known as “Ripcord” is a comprehensive product that provides travelers with medical and security evacuations, rescue services, as well as 24/7 intelligence and travel assistance services to travelers all over the world. All ATTA... Read More →

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Eagle Creek Wins Supplier of the Year Award from Globetrotter Equipment

October 21, 2014

San Diego, CA – Eagle Creek is extremely proud to receive the Supplier of the Year Award for 2013-14 from Globetrotter Equipment, the largest outdoor retailer in Germany. Known for innovation, quality construction and durability, Eagle Creek travel gear is also becoming well known in the European market for their purchasing, delivery, customer service and product selection.  The honor, bestowed in September 2014, shows that Eagle Creek is dedicated to top-level service to their customers and consumers around the world. The award is determined by a jury consisting of members from many in-house Globetrotter departments such as purchasing, service, inventory management and e-commerce. It is based on several criteria, including sales, profitability, service, pre-order and order processing, delivery, training and marketing network. Eagle Creek is the sole recipient for 2013-14, out of 1000+ suppliers. “We are really excited to receive this award,” said Oliver Messing, Managing Director... Read More →

Member Press Releases     Ultimate Safaris Nominated for Best Guiding Team in Africa 2015 Safari Awards

The Kusini Collection Congratulates Its Portfolio Safari Award Finalists

October 21, 2014

Seattle, WA – The Kusini Collection congratulates its portfolio members who have earned the distinction of being named “Finalists” in the 2015 Safari Awards. Winners in each country and overall in Africa will be announced in November 2014. Kusini Collection portfolio members in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been named as Finalists. The Kusini Collection is a boutique travel marketing and sales firm representing ground-handlers, camps and lodges in Africa and Latin America to the North American travel trade. Ultimate Safaris Namibia, a Namibian owned and operated DMC, has been named a Finalist in the categories of “Best Guiding Team” and “Best Mobile Safari Operator” in both Namibia and Africa. Ultimate Safaris was nominated in both categories in 2014. Zambia’s oldest safari company, Norman Carr Safaris has once again been nominated as the “Best Walking Safari Operator” and the “Best Guiding Team,” after being awarded the Best in Africa in both categories... Read More →

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