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Colombia Adventure Acquires Top Mountain Bike Operator and Expands Product Offer in Colombia!

September 15, 2014

South America’s fastest growing adventure destination has been slowly but steadily gaining momentum and is now reaching a main stream market. To take advantage of this opportunity Ecuadorian based, Colombia Adventure, as part of the Neotropic Travel Group, has acquired Colombian Bike Junkies, regarded as the country’s top biking experience. Located in San Gil, department of Santander, just a few hours north of Bogota, this region known as, “The Adventure Capital of Colombia” is crossed by two deep canyons, rivers, waterfalls and a cave system. An ideal destination for gravity sports, especially for biking into the gorges, along historic and royal roads built in the 16th century. By the end of this month a new biking operation is planned to open in Medellin’s tourist quarters, a city known for its nightlife, but less so for its outdoor activities. Yet, located in the central Andes, it is also a prime location for gravity sports. Full day biking tours to world heritage towns and... Read More →

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Record Holder Mountaineer Dawa Sherpa Joins Himalayan Glacier

September 15, 2014

A living legend and inspiration in mountaineering world, Dawa Sherpa who holds a world record for summiting Mt Everest (North-South) in 20 hours and 15 minutes, has recently joined hands with Himalayan Glacier. Dawa Sherpa became the world’s first ever speed climber to have scaled Mt. Everest from the North Base Camp in the Tibet side and descended to South Base Camp in Nepal. Dawa is from Tamakhani Village in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. Having being brought up in the Himalayan region of the country, he has always had a great passion for climbing and adventure. Dawa’s first ascent was in 1998 when he conquered Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak from the Tibetan side. Since then he has climbed Mt. Everest multiple times from different directions along with other Himalayas including Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Ama Dablam. Dawa has strong leadership skills and is an effective motivator on tougher days on the trail. He has completed his basic and advanced mountaineering training,... Read More →

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Austin Adventures Continues Expansion – Announces Addition of Two New Staff Members

September 15, 2014

Marketing Specialists Alexis Brill and Katie Jackson Join Billings-Based Adventure Travel Company Alexis Brill – Marketing and Sales Manager Billings, MT – Dan Austin, Founder and President of Austin Adventures, announced recently that Alexis Brill has joined this Billings-based international travel company as Marketing and Sales Manager and that Katie Jackson has come on board as PR & Communications Specialist. Brill, a Billings native, will oversee the growing Sales and Marketing Department. She spent several years in New York City as Global Head of Marketing at Reward Gateway, Co-Organizer of The Seed and Senior Marketing Manager at enter:marketing.  A graduate of Montana State University in Billings, she began her career in Las Vegas where she worked at Fontainebleau Resorts as a business marketing analyst and at Credit One Bank as a digital marketing manager. “The Sales and Marketing Department has been busier than ever this year after Austin Adventures was acquired... Read More →

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Bush and Beyond Rebuild Loimugi House at Sarara Camp

September 15, 2014

Bush and Beyond is proud to introduce the newly rebuilt Loimugi House at Sarara Camp – Winner of the “Best Community Owned Camp in Africa”at the 2014 Safari Guide Awards. Set on 850,000 acres of exclusive wilderness, Loimugi House offers a perfect platform by which to experience the wildlife, culture and enchanting atmosphere of the Mathews Range. Ideal for families and friends looking for an interactive and homey atmosphere, the house has two tented ensuite rooms, a private pool, viewing deck and library, private waterhole to attract wildlife, outdoor showers and a central living and dining area. It comfortably sleeps a family of five or a group of four close friends. Drawn in by the nutritious acacia pods that fall off of the trees surrounding the house, the famous Sarara elephant are often seen just meters away! This eco-friendly house fits perfectly into Sarara Camp’s immersive ethos of preservation and responsible tourism.  Read More →

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World Nomads’ New Plans for USA Residents, Raising the Limits for Adventure

September 9, 2014

Editor’s Note:  In September 2014, ATTA entered into an enhanced partnership with World Nomads to offer an Affiliate Travel Insurance Program for its member organizations to  travel insurance on their website and earn a referral fee every time a policy is purchased. ATTA Members can apply today and receive an exclusive ATTA commission rate. Sydney, AUSTRALIA — World Nomads.com, http://www.worldnomads.com/, a global travel services company, announces a new partnership with Tripmate that will greatly improve travel insurance plans for residents of the USA. Why the change? Simple! We pride ourselves in acting on our travelers and partners’ feedback and so we’ve improved the coverage and choice to keep your guests traveling and adventuring with even greater coverage around the world. Changes include: Higher cancellation/trip interruption for Explorer Plan – $10,000 (was $5000); Increase to age limit: anyone under 70 years can now buy a policy (previously it was under 65 years... Read More →

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Meet Over 50 Travel Experts From Around The World at Mountain Travel Sobek’s 45th Anniversary Leader Summit!

September 9, 2014

Join us this September for a meet and greet party at our 2014 Leader Summit! If you’re in the Bay Area and have an interest in adventure travel, this is your chance to get one-on-one time with some of our best travel experts from around the world. Whether you’ve traveled with Mountain Travel Sobek’s before, or are just hearing about us, we invite you to come and meet our top-notch guides as they convene for this special travel event. With almost 50 different trip leaders attending from all different regions, you’ll be able to garner advice for your next trip, or just be inspired by some exciting travel tales! Below is a list of our guides that are currently attending: EUROPE Stefan Lundgren • Sweden Pete Long • United Kingdom Myles Farnbank • United Kingdom Ursula Kordis • Slovenia, Croatia Alberto de Giuli • Dolomites (Italy) Béatrice Mugnier • Mont Blanc, Chamonix (France) AFRICA Hatim Elnour Mohammed • Sudan Perez Kamukuenjandje • Namibia Elias Msema • Kilimanjaro... Read More →

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New Sweepstakes Grand Prize Is a Trip to Southern Chile and Antarctica Plus a New Type of Gear to Keep Warm Throughout

September 9, 2014

The TurboDown to South America and Beyond sweepstakes—created by LAN Airlines, Columbia Sportswear, Quark Expeditions and Turismo Chile– give travelers the chance to win a trip for two to Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park, and a polar ship expedition to Antarctica—plus new TurboDown gear to keep warm. Miami, FL — It’s a part of the world few people ever get to see, which, given the monumental nature of the scenery, is truly a shame. But for one lucky winner—and an even luckier guest—spending over two weeks in southern Chile and Antarctica will become a reality. Whoever wins the Grand Prize of the “TurboDown To South America and Beyond” sweepstakes will be flown on LAN Airlines, part of LATAM Airlines Group, from the US to the Puntos Arenas, Chile.  From there, they’ll shuttle to their home for the next five days, EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the heart of the scenic Torres Del Paine National Park. Staying in their own geodesic dome, the winners will take... Read More →

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Magical Kenya Travel Expo: Apply and Connect

September 8, 2014

The 4th annual Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) in Nairobi is approaching and registration is now open to attend one of the fastest growing exhibitions in the tourism industry. Meet and interact with the 120 exhibitors in attendance, October 8 – 10, 2014 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.  This year’s theme for MKTE is Recovery: Getting Kenya’s Tourism Back on Track.  Take the opportunity to engage with the Kenyan travel trade and participate in seminars on the latest information in relation to market travel trends, tourism sustainability, product development and marketing strategy. To register to attend MKTE, visit here.  Pre-registered trade visitors will be granted free entry.  On-site registration will cost USD $100 for all three days. A preliminary list of exhibitors is available here.  Read More →

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Natural Habitat Adventures Turns to Widness & Wiggins PR for Media Outreach

September 8, 2014

Boulder, CO – Widness & Wiggins PR is honored to announce its newest client, Natural Habitat Adventures (www.nathab.com), the world’s premier nature travel outfitter. NHA has been an active member of the ATTA since 2005. Small-group trips focus on exploring the planet’s most amazing nature destinations with renowned leaders and experts.  Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, NHA has always been a visionary and pioneer in the world of sustainability, becoming the world’s first 100% carbon-neutral travel company in 2007. Today they offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia, with a multitude of extraordinary adventures in between. Natural Habitat Adventures is proud to be the official travel partner of WWF. Sign up to receive their latest news releases covering new trips, traveler trends and company accomplishments; Click Here.  Read More →

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MTA Students Get a Back Stage Look at the 2014 World Cup

September 8, 2014

This summer, Dr. Lisa Delpy Neirotti traveled with 17 undergraduate and graduate students to Rio de Janeiro to study and analyze the broader impacts of hosting the World Cup in Brazil. The course, just one of the many special study abroad courses Professor Neirotti teaches, was offered through the Master of Tourism Administration Sports Management Program at George Washington University. Students from GW, The University of Tennessee, Seattle University, the University of Louisville and Miami University joined Professor Neirotti for eleven days, where they had the chance to attend several games and work on some exciting research projects. According to Neirotti,“The students are working on two major research projects: one focused on corporate social responsibility around the World Cup, and the other on what the ultimate legacy will be in terms of future use of the stadiums”. To accomplish these two projects, the students interviewed spectators the learn their motives for traveling... Read More →

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