Member Press Releases

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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Journeys International Hires Sally Grimes-Chesak as Director of Marketing and Family Programs

October 21, 2014

Ann Arbor, MI - Journeys International, an Ann Arbor company creating guided, custom and family adventures for international travelers since 1978, hired outdoor industry veteran Sally Grimes-Chesak to help chart the future for the company’s marketing efforts, as well as manage the rapidly growing family adventure programs. Grimes-Chesak is a well-known and well-respected industry leader whose experience includes Executive Director of Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition and Winter Wildlands Alliance, and most recently management in outdoor retail. She is an avid traveler, having toured Spain, France, Ecuador, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica in just the last three years. Grimes-Chesak will work closely with the Journeys staff to expand the stellar family trips already in place, adding new and exciting elements designed specifically for intergenerational travelers. She will also work directly with they company’s President, Robin Weber Pollak, to broaden Journeys’ reach to travelers... Read More →

Member Press Releases     Galapagos landing

Getting to Know the Galápagos: Land vs. Sea

October 21, 2014

Austin Adventures to Host Webinar Discussing Ways to Explore Ecuadorian Islands Billings, MT – The Austin Adventures office in Billings, MT is almost 4,000 miles away from the famous Galápagos Islands. But the adventure travel company could not be more prepared for its upcoming webinar that will tackle the tougher questions associated with travel to one of the world’s most sought after archipelagos. “Traveling to the Galápagos Islands can be tricky, but with help from experts who are familiar with Ecuador’s rules and restrictions, it’s entirely possible and definitely worthwhile to visit the one of the first places to land on UNESCO’s World Heritage List,” says Dan Austin, President and Founder of Austin Adventures. Since many major travel decisions are made during the holidays when families are gathered together, Austin and his team of travel professionals hope to answer burning questions prior to the Thanksgiving holiday by hosting a Galápagos-themed 45-minute webinar... Read More →

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Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Deadline is Slowly Approaching!

October 21, 2014

The 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards hosted by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are still open for entries until the 14th of November 2014. WTTC is encouraging businesses and organisations committed to sustainable tourism to apply before the deadline to ensure their efforts are recognised. What are the Awards for? The Awards are one of the world’s highest accolades in the Travel & Tourism sector, aimed at recognising best practice in sustainable tourism. How do the Awards work? Candidates can apply in one of the six Award Categories: Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation, People and Sustainable Business. Judging process is based on three-steps: Finalist Selection, On-site Visit by an expert and Winner Selection. An international team of over 20 judges, representing a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise in the Travel & Tourism, first choose three finalists in each category to later decide on the winners. How to apply? If you think your... Read More →

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Outside GO Launches Exclusive Adventures in the Land Down Under

October 21, 2014

Santa Fe, NM – Curators of extraordinary and wild trips around the globe, Outside GO has expanded its offerings to the land Down Under. Crafted to highlight the best of Australia, each of the four new itineraries offers a different up-close-and-personal look at a country famous for BBQ, kangaroos, and unparalleled ocean and outback adventures. With a land so vast, it’s best to go with people who have the insider knowledge to do it right. Outside GO takes you there. Each ten- to twelve-day itinerary is bursting with remarkable experiences you’ll write home about. One Aussie safari introduces you to the humming metropolis of Sydney and the surf breaks of Bondi Beach. Another takes you cage diving with sharks and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. And that’s only the beginning. Daytime adventures are linked together with carefully selected lodges and base camps. Plus, each itinerary includes up to $1,000 of extras per person at no additional charge, like surf lessons and upgraded... Read More →

Member Press Releases     River of Eden

O.A.R.S. Releases River of Eden by Filmmaker Pete McBride

October 21, 2014

Short Film That Explores Fiji’s Protected “Tropical Grand Canyon” Selected as Banff Mountain Film Festival Finalist Angels Camp, CA – Veteran river outfitter and ecotourism operator O.A.R.S. announces the release of a new short film, River of Eden, by award-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Freshwater Hero Pete McBride. Selected as a finalist for the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival in November, the five-minute movie tells the unique conservation story behind one of the only protected rivers in the South Pacific—Fiji’s Upper Navua. For the film, McBride traveled into the highlands of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu to explore the Upper Navua River and find out why the locals said “no” to easy money from resource extraction, and instead, turned to tourism to fund a conservation area.  What he discovered was not only one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth—a “mini-tropical Grand Canyon”—but a low-impact commercial rafting operation in the Upper Navua... Read More →

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Launch of Authentic Indigenous Arts Initiative Supports Hundreds of Indigenous Artists Across BC

October 21, 2014

Coast Salish Territories – The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) launched its Authentic Indigenous Arts initiative, designed to honour the rich, diverse cultures of Indigenous peoples throughout BC, and protect the authenticity of Indigenous arts for future generations. The Authentic Indigenous Arts initiative was designed to provide a simple way to clearly identify authentic Indigenous art, and protection of the art.  It was also created to educate consumers, travellers and resellers on the positive community impact of buying authentic Indigenous art and crafts; to influence consumers, travellers and resellers to seek out and purchase authentic Indigenous products in British Columbia; and to nurture economic and cultural sustainability in First Nations communities throughout the province. “Over the years, as interest in local Indigenous art has grown, we unfortunately have experienced an influx of knock offs into the market,” says Keith Henry, CEO of Aboriginal... Read More →

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Adventure Media Welcomes Canyon Calling as New Client

October 21, 2014

Women’s Tour Company Announces New Ownership and Launches New Site Wellington, CO — Adventure Media, a company that delivers publicity and media marketing services for adventure travel clients around the world, is pleased to announce it is now representing expert tour operator Canyon Calling Adventures for Women. Canyon Calling has been offering action-packed adventure trips since its inception in 1996.  The concept was born from the desire to host guided trips specifically designed for women, and Canyon Calling’s founder began with one small trip in Arizona.  Today, Canyon Calling boasts thirteen itineraries and growing, to eight different countries around the world. Canyon Calling Adventures for Women was recently acquired by Janet Scalzo, who brings over twenty years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, along with years of international travel and marketing operations. Having left behind the corporate world in Minneapolis, MN, Janet has since moved to Sedona, AZ... Read More →

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