Magazine Creates Brand-New Category on Small Ship Cruising; Singles Out Director of 10-Year-Old California Company
Tahoe City, CA – Todd Smith, visionary director of AdventureSmith Explorations, the active travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of expedition small ships, for the first time this year is profiled as a Top Travel Specialist in Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious 13th Annual Travel Specialists List.
The magazine’s award categories singled out Smith, the company’s founder, as a Top Specialist for Small Ship Cruising. This is a newly created awards category this year and focuses on the services and experiences that small ships provide the traveling public.
According to Perrin, “The travel planners featured represent the best blend of destination knowledge, insider connections, user-friendliness, and value for your dollar that I’ve found in more than two decades of scrutinizing the travel industry for this magazine. They have all been road-tested by Condé Nast Traveler readers, editors, or both. Of the more than 10,000 travel agents and tour operators who have tried to break onto this list since its inception 13 years ago, only a tiny fraction have made the grade. Getting into this group is, statistically speaking, tougher than getting into Harvard.”
Staying on Perrin’s list is tougher still: It requires not only an absence of valid reader complaints but also ongoing positive assessments from both readers and editors.
Smith, upon hearing that he was being singled out for this honor, gave equal credit for his company’s success to one of his vacation sales consultants, Andrew Browning, who in 2011 received TravelAge West’s Wave Award in the category of “Trendsetters – Upward Bound, Rock Star Agents Under 40”. This distinction was repeated again in November, 2012 when Browning was named as one of Travel Agent Magazine’s 35 Rising Stars Under 30.
Browning, with AdventureSmith Explorations since 2007, specializes in assisting clients with all aspects of a small ship cruise vacation. He is a certified expert onCosta Rica,Guatemala,Panama andAlaska. Although when asked about his own success, Browning replied, “Todd Smith is the true rock star in the office. He taught me all I know about small ship cruising!”
Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2013, AdventureSmith Explorations has been widely recognized as today’s global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations.
“We have built strategic brokering partnerships with many of the biggest and best names in small ship cruising as well as the smaller, boutique ships that don’t usually make it on the cruise traveler’s radar. However I need to be clear that while we specialize almost exclusively as a booking resource for small ship cruising, we are not a cruise line and we do not own or operate any ships of our own,” said Smith.
He added that today the company represents 65 yachts and small expedition ships with passenger capacities from 8 to 189.
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.