(SEATTLE) April 8, 2015 – In order to foster innovative and meaningful growth of the adventure travel industry and to provide financial support to early-stage adventure tourism enterprises, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA, www.adventuretravel.biz) and the legal office of Rome McGuigan, P.C., adventure travel legal specialists, launched their annual Tour Operator Scholarships program for the 2015 Adventure Travel World Summit today.
Each year the ATTA seeks motivated tour operators who show a demonstrated potential for positive impact on local cultural, ecological or historical resources while proving a high level of professionalism and ethical business practices. Scholarship winners for 2015 will gain access to the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s global network of over 1,000 members, membership resources and benefits and a delegate seat for the 2015 Adventure Travel World Summit set for October 5 – 9, 2015 in Puerto Varas, Chile.
“With three years of supporting tour operators to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit, we at the Rome McGuigan law firm are ever eager to empower three companies this year to make a difference in the world of adventure tourism,” says the firm’s principal Jeff Ment.
Scholarship winners will use these ATTA resources to help them grow their business, develop their professional skills and be inspired by industry peers and influencers, all with the end goal of fostering positive changes in the human and nature resources on which the adventure tourism industry inextricably depends.
Specifically, each of the three scholarship recipients will receive:
- A complimentary membership in the ATTA for one year ($600 USD value)
- One ticket to the 2015 Adventure Travel World Summit ($1,150 USD value)
- One marketplace table for the 2015 Summit ($500 USD value)
- $1,500 travel stipend for airfare to Chile
- 2015 Scholarship Recipient digital badge
- Opportunity for a mentorship session with an adventure tourism expert
All entries will be reviewed by members of the ATTA staff and Advisory Board, and then voted upon to determine the winners based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated need (e.g. start-ups, located in an emerging destination)
- Demonstrated potential for positive impact on human and/or nature resources
- Demonstrated history of positive impact
The Tour Operator Scholarship submission period opens April 8, 2015, with final entries due by 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on May 20, 2015. Only 75 applicants will be accepted; if 75 applications are received prior to May 20th, the application period will close early. Qualified tour operators may access the Tour Operator Scholarship Submission Form and the complete and official program and application details at https://www.adventuretravel.biz/connect/summit/chile-2015/scholarship/.
Scholarship winners will be announced by June 18, 2015.
About the Adventure Travel Trade Association
Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) serves more than 1,000 members in over 90 countries worldwide. Members predominantly include tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents and accommodations with a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism. The ATTA delivers solutions and connections that propel members towards their business goals and the industry toward a responsible and profitable future. Through its regional AdventureConnect events and annual Adventure Travel World Summit trade conference, the ATTA excels in professional learning, networking and partnering services. With expertise in research, education, adventure travel industry news and promotion, members of the ATTA receive competitive opportunities that help establish them as leaders in adventure tourism. (www.adventuretravel.biz)
For more information:
- Adventure Travel World Summit
- Adventure.Travel – consumer portal to member tours
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About Rome McGuigan
The law firm of Rome McGuigan, P.C. enjoys an enviable niche among law firms with its Travel and Tourism Department. This group, led by Attorney Jeff Ment, represents many facets of the travel industry – tour operators, suppliers, agents and insurers. Among the broad range of travel and tourism services offered, one key speciality is handling the immediate needs following an incident or accident. Another core focus of the Department is to assist clients with day to day operations including drafting contracts, waivers and terms and conditions; reviewing marketing materials; providing risk management services; preparing critical incident protocols; and navigating effective relationships with vendors, DMCs, providers of accommodations and travel agents. The firm and its lawyers are members of many trade organizations: Adventure Travel Trade Association, United States Tour Operators Association, National Tour Association, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Leisure Industries section of the International Bar Association, the Air & Space section of the American Bar Association, and the International Forum of Travel & Tourism. Clients range from small, start-up operators to some of the world’s most respected companies in the travel industry.