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Adventure travel pioneer, industry leader, and co-founder of leading outfitter Mountain Travel Sobek and Expedia.com, will provide valuable expertise to the Adventure Central team
Denver, CO – Adventure Central, the emerging leader in providing online booking and travel inventory management services for adventure tour operators, today announced Richard Bangs as its newest board member. Bangs is a world adventurer and explorer, Web pioneer and an award-winning author. He has led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, including the Yangtze in China and the Zambezi in Southern Africa. His passion for adventure travel led him to found outfitter Sobek Expeditions, which in the early 1990’s merged with Mountain Travel to form the leading adventure travel operator, Mountain Travel Sobek.
Bangs is also widely regarded as an innovator in the practice of powering adventure travel through Web applications. He was a co-founder of Expedia.com, and served as its editor-at-large. For the past eighteen months Bangs has served as executive producer of “Richard Bangs Adventures” on Yahoo. Bangs is an award-winning adventure travel writer and film director, publishing 14 books, more than 500 magazine articles and numerous documentaries. Most recently he co-directed the highly acclaimed IMAX film, “Mystery of the Nile”.
“The addition of Richard Bangs to our board is a true milestone for us,” says Adventure Central’s CEO, Dick Schulte. “Richard is one of our industry’s most influential leaders, and he has a keen sense for where the adventure and experiential travel market is headed. Richard has navigated some of the world’s greatest rivers, and through some of our industry’s most challenging waters. His guidance and support of Adventure Central will give us further insight into valuable best practices for connecting adventure outfitters to online distribution channels.”
The addition of Bangs to Adventure Central’s board comes at a time when its Adventure Central’s growth continues to accelerate. Adventure Central now has 28 customers, and is powering millions of dollars of online and offline transactions on behalf of its adventure travel operators.
Says Bangs: “I’m so enthused to be a part of the Adventure Central team and its well of expertise, vision and talent. As a co-founder of Mountain Travel Sobek I have spent years trying to find an elegant solution to selling, distributing, processing, and managing our inventory online, and I know I am not alone. Consequently, I was delighted when Adventure Central, the first company to solve these challenges in a truly smart and robust way, invited me to join their board. Adventure Central is connecting adventure travel to the world in a meaningful way, and I am proud to be part of this pioneering and potent initiative.”
About Adventure Central
Based in Denver, Colorado, Adventure Central is the emerging leader in providing critical business services to adventure and experiential tour operators. The company offers a robust online and offline booking and travel inventory management solution to tour operators, delivering new, powerful and cost-effective tools that enable operators to grow revenues, attract and retain customers, and reduce operational costs. For more information on Adventure Central, call 303.292.5522 or visit http://www.adventurecentral.com