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‘Our Ice Is Vanishing’ Book Launch in Canada’s Northwest Passage, First of Its Kind

September 2, 2014

Shelley Wright launches new book aboard Adventure Canada’s Expedition to the Canadian Arctic Port Credit, ON – Author and Inuit advocate Shelley Wright reveals her latest nonfiction work Our Ice is Vanishing/Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate Change aboard Adventure Canada’s Northwest Passage expedition, September 8th to 22nd, 2014. A book launch like no other, the event will allow Wright to showcase her work among the very icebergs, wildlife and northern communities that first sparked her interest in one of the world’s most dynamic environments: the Canadian Arctic. Adventure Canada guests will enjoy an intimate reading and exclusive book signing from Wright, while sailing through a world ruled by ice. “I have never felt more conscious of being in a particular place on this earth than when in the Arctic,” says Wright. “Adventure Canada gave me the opportunity to see the Arctic in a way I could never have done without them. I fell in love... Read More →

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ExOfficio® Hires Brian Thompson as General Manager

September 2, 2014

Seattle, WA – ExOfficio, a leading manufacturer of adventure travel apparel, is pleased to announce Brian Thompson as its new general manager. Thompson took over the position June 16, and will continue to leverage the brand’s position as a global leader in adventure travel apparel. “We’re excited to welcome Brian to the Jarden Technical Apparel family,” said Mark Martin, President of Jarden Technical Apparel. “Brian brings a deep understanding of specialty retail and the adventure travel market. His ability to balance the ‘art and science’ of brand-building will help drive sales and continue to build ExOfficio’s global brand awareness.” In his new position, Thompson will be responsible for building and defining the brand model and developing a comprehensive plan for sustained, profitable global growth and driving all facets of the business to operate to that plan. “Joining one of the most iconic brands in the business is a huge honor for me,” said Thompson.... Read More →

Member Press Releases     Willem Niemeijer (left), Founder & CEO, Khiri Group, Lakshman Samarasinghe - Chairman, Galle Face Hotel Group

Khiri Travel Sri Lanka to Launch in November

September 2, 2014

  Sanjeev Gardiner (left), Group Chairman, Galle Face Hotel Group and Willem Niemeijer Khiri Travel will launch a new company in Sri Lanka on 1 November 2014. The initiative is a joint venture between Khiri Travel and Sri Lanka-based DMC Luxe Asia. Following the contract signing on 29 August, Khiri Travel Sri Lanka will be a part of the Galle Face Hotel Management Group. Luxe Asia is owned by Galle Face Hotel Management Group, a leading investment group, which owns and operates the iconic Galle Face Hotel in Colombo (1865), Ceylon Hotels Corporation, Kandy Hotels, Queens Hotel and Suisse Hotel. It has a diverse collection of over 20 properties throughout Sri Lanka. Khiri Travel will operate under the guidance of Luxe Asia Managing Director, Chaminda Dias, while Ruben Derksen, previously General Manager of Khiri Travel Laos, will become General Manager of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka. The joint venture is in line with Khiri Travel’s mission to become the leading brand in quality tourism... Read More →

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The Explorer’s Passage and Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation Announce Partnership to Help Preserve Mustang

September 2, 2014

The Explorer’s Passage (TEP), the leader in historical-based adventure travel, and the Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation, a non-profit NGO headquartered in Lo Manthang, have announced a partnership to help preserve the deep history and culture of the Upper Mustang region in Nepal. Mustang, a remote Himalayan province situated north of Nepal’s Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri massif, is a land steeped not only in spectacular snow-capped peaks, wind-carved canyons and verdant valleys, but also in Buddhist myth, culture, tradition and art. In an effort to preserve this special region, TEP will be donating 15% of profits from its 2014 & 2015 The Myth of Mustang expeditions to the Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation. The donations will be utilized to help with a variety of Foundation-sponsored activities such as setting up schools and restoring monasteries. Guests on TEP’s The Myth of Mustang tours will have the opportunity to take part in these activities during the tour, helping first-hand to... Read More →

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WTTC Tells Travel & Tourism Industry it Must Drive the Sustainability Agenda Harder

September 2, 2014

Travel & Tourism businesses pursuing the highest ethical standards asked to step forward as a catalyst to inspire others The Travel & Tourism industry needs to put sustainability at the forefront of everything it does and businesses need to lead by example. That is the message from David Scowsill, CEO & President of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), who is asking leading sustainable tourism businesses to play their part in ensuring that the industry’s ethics are raised to the highest order. WTTC is launching its 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme today and is calling for applications from all Travel & Tourism companies, who are setting the sustainability benchmark in their field. As Mr Scowsill explains, the purpose of the Awards is to be an inspiration to others and to educate governments and travel & tourism businesses about how to improve the sustainability of the Industry; “We were one of the first industries to take our responsibilities... Read More →

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Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Announce 2015-2016 Global Perspectives Speakers

September 2, 2014

New York, NY – Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced the guest speakers in their Global Perspectives Program aboard the National Geographic Explorer for the 2015/2016 season. Drawn from the top tiers of journalism, science, and world affairs to add relevant insights, the Global Perspectives Speakers have been chosen to share the expedition experience as active participants and fellow travelers, which allows guests to hear them in the context of their lounge talks, and to spend time with them throughout the voyage while cruising in a Zodiac, on a hike, or during dinner. Depending on the expedition, guests can explore with a National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence; a scientist doing research in the region they are voyaging, an author, a foreign dignitary, or even a former head of state. A partial listing of the special guests include: Jared Diamond:  A professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, Jared is the author of Collapse: How Societies... Read More →

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30 Years in Adventure Travel Inbound Operator Last Frontiers Trekking Presents New Website

September 2, 2014

Last Frontiers Trekking celebrates 30 years of milestone in the adventure travel industry. The family owned and operated inbound tour operator based in Nepal has been offering plenty of different adventure tours throughout Nepal as well as Tibet, Sikkim & Bhutan, since the 1980’s. Marking this milestone, Last Frontiers introduces a new revamp web portal focusing on the thematic travel experiences in this Himalayan region. We just don’t handpick our itineraries; we look into the nuts and bolts of the actual travel experiences that clients receive from the trip.  Our experts, guides, tour leaders, who have inside access to some of the unseen places or people, creating an exceptional experience on any given trip. Our history traces back to the 1953 British Mount Everest Expeditions, under the leadership of John Hunt. Last Frontiers founder’s father achieved his goal in reaching to the South Col. With Tenzing Sherpa & Sir. Edmund Hillary.  Subsequently, our story began into... Read More →

ATTA Member Profiles     peak


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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