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National Geographic Traveler Magazine Selects Its 2014 Tours of a Lifetime

April 14, 2014

Editors note: More than half of the tour providers featured (30 out of 50) are current ATTA members: Africa Adventure Consultants Audley Travel Austin Adventures Bicycle Adventures BikeHike Adventures Cultural Crossroads Engaging Cultures Travel EverGreen Escapes Explora Explore! Extraordinary Journeys GeoEx Global Basecamps Journeys International KE Adventure Travel MIR Corporation National Geographic Adventures National Geographic Expeditions REI Adventures Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays Sierra Club Outings Trek Travel Turgleder AS Whole Journeys Wild Frontiers Wild Planet Adventures WildChina Wilderness Scotland World Expeditions Zegrahm Expeditions Washington - National Geographic Traveler magazine today announced its annual Tours of a Lifetime selection, now in its ninth year. The 2014 list features 50 of the world’s best guided trips chosen by the editors of National Geographic Traveler. In addition, the editors picked 10 of their favorite expeditions of a lifetime... Read More →

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The Kusini Collection Announces the Addition of Four New Members to Africa Portfolio

April 14, 2014

Seattle, WA – The Kusini Collection is pleased to announce the latest additions to our Africa portfolio:  Norman Carr Safaris in South Luangwa  National Park, Zambia; Chongwe Safaris in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia; Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe; and Travel Ethiopia, based in Addis Ababa. 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. Norman Carr Safaris, established in 1950 in an era when safaris were primarily about hunting, Norman Carr led the way in developing photographic safaris as an alternative way of interacting with animals. Unchanged in 60 years is their dedication to sharing and preserving the unique wilderness of the Luangwa Valley through authentic safari experiences of the highest standard. Widely known and recognized for offering some of the best walking safaris in Africa, Norman Carr operates six camps and lodges in the... Read More →

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Intrepid Group Names Cyndi Zesk President of Intrepid Group, USA

April 14, 2014

Petaluma, CA – The Melbourne, Australia-based Intrepid Group has named Cyndi Zesk President of their USA operations, which are based in Petaluma, CA.  Intrepid Group is the world’s largest adventure travel tour operator and consists of eight brands specializing in worldwide small group adventure travel including Intrepid Travel, Peregrine Adventures, Geckos Adventures and Urban Adventures. In her new role, Zesk will develop the strategic business plan as well as create the marketing and sales vision for the company in the United States.  She will lead the team of sales and marketing professionals who work throughout the US and in Intrepid’s Petaluma, CA-based office. “I’m very excited to join a truly innovative group of travel professionals who lead Intrepid Group,” said Zesk.  “Together they have built the largest, most diverse and arguably the most creative array of adventure travel brands in the market.  It’s inspiring to be a part of this passionate team... Read More →

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ExpeditionTrips Introduces Shelley Fry as New Marketing and Media Manager

April 14, 2014

ExpeditionTrips—top travel specialists for experiential travel to Antarctica, Galapagos, the Arctic, and points in between—is pleased to announce Shelley Fry has been appointed as Marketing and Media Manager. Effective immediately, Shelley will be responsible for developing global marketing strategy, campaign implementation, media outreach, audience engagement, and partner relationships. Ashton Palmer, ExpeditionTrips’ founder and president, states: “I am excited at this growth opportunity for our company. With Shelley’s depth of experience—fueled by her passion for expedition travel and grounded in a thorough understanding of our core clientele—she is uniquely qualified to lead our marketing team and for helping to develop our marketing strategy moving forward. Shelley will be instrumental in launching new initiatives, building and reinforcing strategic partnerships, and strengthening our brand in order to drive sales and increase revenue.” Shelley is a seasoned... Read More →

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Cultural Crossroads Trip Selected by National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s ’50 Tours of a Lifetime’

April 14, 2014

Cultural Crossroads, has had their “Dig Into Vermont’s Edible Landscape” tour selected by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of its ‘50 Tours of a Lifetime’ © Delia Gillen Barre,VT – National Geographic Traveler Magazine selected “Dig Into Vermont’s Edible Landscape” “as one of its ‘50 Tours of a Lifetime”, according to Carrie McDougall, owner of Cultural Crossroads, a Vermont-based tour company. “Dig Into Vermont’s Edible Landscape” is a locavore’s delight. Tour participants will see Vermont’s entrepreneurial farmers create edible feasts from the crops they grow. The tour will visit well-known Vermont producers, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Ben and Jerry’s and High Mowing Seeds. Participants will partake in the farm-to-table meal at the model of sustainable agriculture, historic Shelburne Farms. The tour also features the local agricultural heritage of Vermont communities through visits to farmers markets... Read More →

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At Last: Numbers on Tourism in Greenland

April 14, 2014

For many years the exact number of tourists visiting the Worlds biggest Island, Greenland, has been unknown. A new initiative by Visit Greenland and the Ministry of Industry in collaboration with the Greenland Airports and Statistics Greenland will now for the first time ever provide these crucial numbers. From the Summer of 2014 all international departing passengers from Greenland will be asked about their Country of Residence. The collected data will be processed by Statistics Greenland and will in turn give us the valuable information on how many travellers visits Greenland and which countries they come from, explains Project Leader Anders la Cour Vahl from Visit Greenland. For many years it has been a big wish to get totals on visitors to Greenland in order to calculate tourism spend. For the local and national operators it is perhaps even more important, that the new numbers also tells us where our visitors come from. They will give us clear indications on the development on different... Read More →

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Trek Travel Wins National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s Ninth Annual “50 Tours of a Lifetime” for Great Smoky Mountains-Blackberry Farm Bike Tour

April 14, 2014

Madison, WI – Trek Travel, a leader in personalized cycling vacations, has been awarded National Geographic Traveler magazine’s coveted “50 Tours of a Lifetime” for their Great Smoky Mountain Blackberry Farm vacation. The competitive selection process finds 2014’s most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours. “This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Geographic Traveler, which has always looked at the world through the lens of culture, nature, and history. The tours we selected go beyond destination to add meaning and context,” said Norie Quintos, executive editor of National Geographic Traveler magazine. “They open the mind to new possibilities, new connections, new ways of thinking—all critically important given the world’s complex issues.” National Geographic Traveler magazine surfaces the best tours and outfitters for travelers as part of the magazine’s mission “to propel readers out of their armchairs and... Read More →

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Eagle Creek Hires Trailhead Sales For Southwest Territory

April 14, 2014

San Diego, CA – Eagle Creek announces a new partnership with Trailhead Sales and Associates as representatives for the Southern California, Arizona and Southern Nevada sales territory, effective immediately. Managing one of the key territories for Eagle Creek, Trailhead Sales and Associates will leverage their 35+ years in the outdoor and travel industries to increase the Eagle Creek brand presence. Located in Los Angeles, CA, Principle Jeff Sheets and Associate Lisl Smith also represent Ex Officio, SteriPen, Adventure Medical Kits and Red Ledge Rainwear. “We are super excited to have Trailhead join our sales team,” noted Tim McGuire, Sr. National Sales Manager at Eagle Creek. “Jeff and Lisl bring a wealth of experience in both the outdoor and travel categories, and their focus will be on strengthening our core businesses, as well as seeking out new opportunities in this key marketplace.” “We are honored to represent Eagle Creek in the Southwest territory. With their commitment... Read More →

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RED Sustainable Travel and La Mano del Mono Join Forces to Provide Unique Academic Adventure

April 14, 2014

RED Sustainable Travel and La Mano del Mono in Baja’s Academic Adventure This March, RED Sustainable Travel teamed up with environmental education experts La Mano del Mono (hand of the monkey) from the state of Chiapas to provide what will hopefully be just the first of a lifetime of outdoor adventures for a group of 4th grade students from Mexico City. While RED operates academic adventures for Mexican and American junior high, high school and university students, a trip with elementary school youngsters provided a unique opportunity to invite the monkey out of the jungle, and after a few calls and emails, our friends at La Mano del Mono were on their way to Magdalena Bay. Students arrived hoping to see gray whales, but came away from the experience with that and much more, opening their eyes and all their senses to a world of mangroves, sand dunes and marine life. Their enthusiasm combined with the RED Sustainable Travel and La Mano del Mono team created a learning dynamic that... Read More →

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Rio Tropicales Receives “Level 4” Certification by the National Accreditation Commission for the Sustainable Tourism Program

April 14, 2014

Since our founding in 1985 we have shared our mission with clients and communities: To Share the rivers and natural resources of Costa Rica, our culture and conservation values. Always committed to professionalism, safety, high quality and extraordinary service. Continuing our relentless path towards a better symbiosis between society and nature; we have the pleasure to announce our most recent “Level 4” Certification by the National Accreditation Commission for the Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) We believe we have the opportunity to be role models not only to our tourism guest adventurers, but also to the communities in which we operate as we involve local members in our reforestation and land protection efforts.Some of the projects and practices we have created and been involved in: Health Clinics, Community Collaboration to Protect Wildlife, Role Models for Their Communities, Creating Ecopreneurs: Rios Facilitates Staff Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Local Collaboration Creates... Read More →

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