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PEAK DMC

August 25, 2014

PEAK Destination Management Company, a global DMC providing travel service in more than 100 countries, is now a proud member of Adventure Travel Trade Association. PEAK DMC, the largest global adventure destination management company, specializes in small group adventure travel and is dedicated to delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel. PEAK offers complete service for all your adventure travel needs with more than 20 local offices worldwide to provide local expertise with a commitment to sustainable and responsible business practices. PEAK’s North America headquarters, based in Santa Rosa, California, is a full service tour operator with a large fleet of 15 passenger vans and CDL licensed tour leaders.  In addition, PEAK has operations offices in New Jersey and Vancouver, Canada. PEAK DMC is committed to safety is supported by a full-time safety and compliance manager provides leader safety training and log book compliance review with the DOT. With a proven track record... Read More →

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Harper Government boosts Aboriginal tourism in British Columbia

August 25, 2014

Cranbrook, BC – Today, Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced that the Harper Government is assisting Aboriginal tourism companies in British Columbia capitalize on increased visitor demand for authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences. The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) is currently working with 25 Aboriginal tourism businesses in the province of British Columbia to help them capitalize on the increased demand. The Government is contributing to the implementation of AtBC’s Cultural Tourism Action Plan over the next three years. Parliamentary Strahl made the announcement for $1.8 million to AtBC at the St Eugene Resort in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Over the next three years, this funding will be used to support market-ready tourism businesses and to expand the association’s Authentic Aboriginal certification program. Funding support is provided through the Government of Canada’s Strategic... Read More →

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Ben Sherman Elected Chairman of WINTA

August 25, 2014

Mr Ben Sherman has been elected Chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) Leadership Council. He is one of the founders of WINTA. His experience spans 20 years in the tourism industry. Sherman is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. Sherman and his siblings were brought up on their original family land allotment on the reservation. He graduated high school at Oglala Community School, a government boarding school on the reservation. He holds a Masters degree in Business Management. Sherman has been a national leader in American Indian tourism development and has presided over numerous American Indian tourism development activities in the U.S. He is a founding member of the Native Tourism Alliance, Business Enterprises for Sustainable Travel, First Peoples Fund and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. He organized and conducted American Indian cultural tours throughout the western United... Read More →

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Scat Chat Anyone? La Paz on Foot Participates in 2014 Sustainable Summits Conference in Golden, Colorado

August 25, 2014

Conference participants visit a composting toilet in RockyMountain National Park. Photo credit: Brad Rassler. The Andean Diaspora continues! Last month at the Sustainable Summits conference in Golden, Colorado, La Paz on Foot’s Director of Programs, Stephen Taranto, gave a presentation on the company’s sustainable development work with indigenous and originario communities in the Central Andes. Since its foundation in 2004, La Paz on Foot has worked carefully and diligently with many of Bolivia’s native cultural groups to develop and maintain transparent, fair and mutually beneficial business relationships with rural communities throughout Bolivia and beyond. The Sustainable Summits conference, co-chaired by AAC members Ellen Lapham and Roger Robinson and hosted by the American Alpine Club, was held from July 21st to July 25th and focused this year on solutions for waste management in high mountain areas around the globe. Many of the world’s high peaks, such as Mt. Everest and Kilimanjaro,... Read More →

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Norðurflug Helicopter Tours

August 25, 2014

Norðurflug Helicopter Tours is the largest helicopter service in Iceland and it has a long reputation of exceptional customer service and high operational standards. The company owns and operates an elegant fleet of black luxurious helicopters, flown by the most experienced pilots in the private sector. The true essence of the company is a great group of people. Norðurflug offers a wide variety of tours ranging from city sightseeing for $230 and up to full day tour across the country. We have a good relationship with other tour operators and by joining forces we are capable of offering exciting combination tours. On our combination menu we have diving, snowmobiling, caving inside a volcano, glacier hiking, river jet and much more. Testimonials on Trip Advisor confirm that Norðurflug Helicopter Tours delivers a 5 star treatment and takes you on a trip that you will cherish. Our pilots have an extensive experience in filming and photography flights. You might have heard of Oblivion, The... Read More →

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Tia Stephanie Tours Organizes Unique Cultural Tourism FAM Trip for ATMEX, Adventure Travel Mexico’s Business Development and Marketing Forum

August 25, 2014

Tia Stephanie Tours’ founder, Stephanie Schneiderman, will also speak on the topic of cultural Tourism at the ATMEX conference. © ATTA / Kristen Gill This year, one of the ATMEX pre-marketplace industry FAM trips (August 21-25), will highlight Cultural Tourism, and Tia Stephanie Tours has been selected to arrange and lead this tour.  Tia Stephanie Tours’ founder, Stephanie Schneiderman, will also present a session at the ATMEX conference on August 28, 10:15-11:15 am, on why “Heritage and Culture are an Essential Part of the Tourist’s Experience”.  She will give examples of how Mexico’s living culture can be incorporated into nature and adventure tour offerings, and she will provide examples of Best Cultural Tourism Practices in Mexico.  Tia Stephanie Tours has been a pioneer in cultural tourism to Mexico since 2006. Tia Stephanie Tours’ unique cultural FAM for selected operators, agents, and media, will be concentrated in the state of Puebla (about a two drive east of... Read More →

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Last Frontiers Trekking partners with Red Panda Network Nepal

August 25, 2014

This partnership will allow Last Frontiers Trekking to offer trips to see wild & rare Red Panda in East Nepal Last Frontiers Trekking, an inbound tour operator in Nepal, has partnered with Red Panda Network in Nepal to promote eco-trip tracking Red Pandas in the east of Nepal. As a 30th anniversary achievement, Last Frontiers Trekking has decided to donate 15% of the trip cost to the Red Panda Network in Nepal. Last Frontiers has always been taking initiative to promote conservation of wildlife, culture, heritage, and nature. Since 1984, the industry, partner and customer satisfaction that Last Frontiers Trekking has won are testimony to our excellent reputation and unbeatable experience in the region as a distinctive inbound tour operator. Over the years, Last Frontiers Trekking has pioneered in searching new destinations, creative itineraries, and personalized service and continues to do so today. We consistently push the boundaries by creating unique and authentic travel options... Read More →

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New Director of Marketing at Thomson Safaris

August 25, 2014

Joel Cody will bring a wealth of industry expertise to her new role Boston, MA – Tanzanian safari leader Thomson Safaris is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Cody to the position of Director of Marketing. Cody brings years of experience in the travel and marketing industries to the position. Previously, she worked for over a decade as the Chief Marketing Officer for ACIS educational travel, a leader in exceptional study abroad experiences for middle and high school-aged students, as well as performing arts groups. Most recently, Cody spearheaded a marketing overhaul for CEA Study Abroad, transforming the branding, strategy, and organization for the company. “This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the Thomson team,” Cody said. “We’re growing as a company right now, and there are huge opportunities to creatively and effectively reach more travelers ready for an adventure of a lifetime. I can’t wait to get started!” In her new role, Cody will be overseeing... Read More →

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First European AdventureWeek to Take Place in Western Balkans this Month

August 19, 2014

By: Kirk Smock, Tourism Project Leader, USAID Small Business Expansion Project (SBEP) AdventureWeek Western Balkans (AWWB) Mountain biking in Macedonia’s Pelister National Park with views of Lake Prespa With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the government tourism agencies of Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia, the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) first-ever European AdventureWeek will take place in the Western Balkans from 25 August-4 September 2014.  AdventureWeek is an intensive familiarization tour (FAM) concept designed by the ATTA to generate immediate visibility for destinations by leveraging their global membership network of outbound tour operators, specialized media and travel advisors. For each AdventureWeek, the ATTA partners with destinations to feature the best adventure travel products offered. In Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia, a group of 15 outbound tour operators and six travel media from North America and Europe... Read More →

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SEE Turtles Teams Up with Nature’s Path Foods Inc. to Offer Free Costa Rica Sea Turtle Trips

August 19, 2014

SEE Turtles, a non-profit wildlife conservation travel operator, is teaming up with leading organic cereal company Nature’s Path to bring families to Costa Rica to volunteer with a sea turtle conservation project in 2015. Six winners (3 in Canada and 3 in the US) will have the opportunity to bring four people for an all-expenses paid trip to the beautiful Osa Peninsula to participate in a sea turtle research project in March 2015. Winners of the EnviroTrip will spend three days working with Costa Rican organization Latin American Sea Turtles to catch endangered green and hawksbill sea turtles in the Golfo Dulce, a beautiful gulf located alongside the Osa Peninsula. The winners will help researchers set out nets, measure the turtles, and collect important data before releasing them back to the water. In addition, the winners will participate in a mangrove restoration project, helping to plant two species of mangrove trees that are critical to turtles and other wildlife of the Gulf.... Read More →

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