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Gap Adventures Names National Sales Manager

Leading adventure travel company expanding rapidly in US market with strategic hires.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gap Adventures announced today the appointment of Ron Dreyer to National Sales Manager for its US operations.  Dreyer joins the company from Langham Hotels International, where he served as Regional Sales Manager in the company’s Chicago office. He has been committed to the travel industry while managing global relationships with tour operators during his Global Sales tenure for Marriott International.

Dreyer will be based in Florida and will manage a team of Regional Sales Managers located in key cities across the U.S. He is responsible for developing new staff and working with strategic travel partners throughout the United States.

“Ron’s extensive knowledge of building, mentoring, and coaching sales teams in the travel industry made him an obvious choice to drive our industry relations efforts,” says Cyndi Zesk, Gap Adventures’ US General Manager.

A traveler since the age of 12, Dreyer says that he admires Gap Adventures’ culture and ambition. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity with Gap Adventures, a company that succeeds in harnessing the energy and the commitment of so many passionate people all committed to making dreams come true for travelers,” he says.

With a new team and resources committed to growing the US market, awareness of Gap Adventures is growing. Dreyer will work with agents to ensure they fully understand the company’s existing products as well as the company’s new products, the brochure for which will be available to agents by December 19, 2010.

Earlier this month Gap Adventures received the Readers’ Choice award for Best Tour Operator – Travel from [email protected] and Vacation Agent.

Gap Adventures, which was founded in 1990, has more than 800 employees and annual revenue of about $160 million. The company offers small group tours, safaris, and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. Travelers can match their preferences and budgets to the company’s 11 tour styles, from Active to Family.

The company owns the 124-passenger polar ship Expedition and the 24-room G Hotel in Quito, Ecuador.

In addition to its Toronto headquarters, Gap Adventures has offices in London and Melbourne, Australia. The company also has concept stores in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Melbourne.

In September 2007, the company opened a 1,200-square-foot retail space in New York on Sixth Avenue, which is used to showcase Gap Adventures products as well as to host agent education events.

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