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South American Travel

 Hue & Cry—a creative communications agency—is delighted to announce its PR representation of SouthAmerica.travel, the ultimate travel planning service specializing in trips to South America. With a mission to share the most authentic experiences possible, SouthAmerica.travel provides travel enthusiasts with the opportunity to delve into the continent’s many cultures through diverse experiences, ranging from exploring Colombia’s “coffee country” to touring local markets with indigenous ingredients in Peru. The handcrafted tours go beyond simple customization, taking travelers style, pace, and mind into consideration, coupled with recommendations based on SouthAmerica.travel’s expertise to ensure travelers are checking dream destinations off the bucket list. When booking with SouthAmerica.travel, each guest will experience the brand’s educational component: to ensure travelers understand why and what they see, rather than just showing them around.

“As SouthAmerica.travel continues to grow and approach our 20th anniversary in November, we retain our commitment to authenticity. Hue & Cry understands our brand, which is why we are thrilled to have the agency as an extension of our team” says CEO and Co-Founder, Juergen Keller. “I couldn’t agree more that this partnership is a natural fit; Hue & Cry’s specialization in unique travel brands aligns with the custom, bespoke tours we offer here at SouthAmerica.travel” says C.O.O and Co-Founder, Bradley Nehring.

Highlights of Tours From South America.travel Include:

Brazilian History 101: On the Colonial Gems & Historic Cities in Brazil Tour, guests can explore the country’s colonial wonderlands with a Brazilian Historian as their guide. Experiences include touring the baroque churches of UNESCO world heritage site, Ouro Preto, to riding an antique cable car down to one of the world’s oldest gold mines in Mariana. In Paraty, history-buffs can learn about the eventful path to Brazilian Independence through the town’s cobblestone streets, notable landmarks, and historical edifices, which together encompass the country’s rich Portuguese heritage. Outside of Brazilian Imperial-era, guests will visit Inhotim Brazil Art Park—one of South America’s largest open-air art museum featuring over 500 pieces of artwork. For the 12-day/11-night experience, prices start at $3,670 per person.

Path of the Incas and the Amazing Amazon: A bucket-list experience, guests can book the Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle Tour, and follow in the steps of the Incas: from the colonial wonderland of Cuzco through the indigenous markets of the Sacred Valley to the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival by train to Aguas Calientes, SouthAmerica.travel brings adventurers to Machu Picchu’s less-visited Watchman’s Hut and Inca Bridge. In Puerto Maldonado, head into the jungle for authentic lodging run by local tribes, which will be provided by the Peruvian Amazon Lodge – run by local tribes – before setting out to visit a parrot clay lick, a natural formation caused by erosion where parrots, parakeets, and macaws go daily. Tour-goers will complete the day with learning more about the rainforest’s herbaceous ecology, all under the guidance of one of the area’s expert naturalists. For the 8-day/7-night experience, prices start at $1,900 per person.

Land and Sea Adventures in Patagonia: Nature Enthusiasts will have the chance to breathe in the fresh, crisp air of the mountainous Patagonia region with the Patagonia Deluxe Tour. The expedition invites travelers to cruise one of the most remote corners of the world aboard the luxurious, Stella Australis. Highlights include crossing the Nassau Bay and entering UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Cape Horn National Park, a rocky promontory overlooking Drake Passage, known as “End of the Earth,” and the shipping channel that was the sole navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans for several years. The region is a sanctuary blessed with glacial landscapes, which presents opportunities such as hiking the verdant Magellanic forest to a cascading waterfall with viewpoints of Garibaldi Glacier—one of the only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass. Travelers will disembark from the Stella Australis and transfer to Explora Lodge in Torres del Paine National Park, where if the weather permits, travelers will visit a Magellanic penguin colony en route to Explora Lodge in Torres del Paine National Park. They can visit a veritable penguin colony. For the 14-day/13-night experience, prices start at $11,925 per person.

About SouthAmerica.travel

SouthAmerica.travel is a tour operator specialized in custom South America tour planning for travelers worldwide from its offices in Seattle, Lima, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Stuttgart. The website offers hundreds of sample itineraries as well as local phone numbers in 88 countries. SouthAmerica.travel offers 4-star & 5-star South America tours to Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, and more. Licensed and bonded in the U.S., SouthAmerica.travel has been sharing its love of travel to South America since 1999 and is proud of its A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and ASTA affiliation. SouthAmerica.travel – Our name is our passion™

SUR

Northern California bred musician/producer Zack Arnett of SUR releases the video for “Only Road” today. The video was directed by Meeno and shot on the road as Arnett headed to Lake Buena Vista, CA for his performance at the Lighting In A Bottle Festival last month. “Only Road” was released in May on Interscope Records and was written by Zack Arnett and Jeff Gitty who also took on producer duties with additional production by Arnett. Watch the video for “Only Road” HERE.

“The making of the ‘Only Road’ video came together much like the song did,” says Zack Arnett. “We didn’t overthink it, we freestyled our way through it allowing the organic moments to come together and tell the story. These projects are what I live for, collaborating with chaos to make excellence.”

“Ever since I read Kerouac when I was 14 my soul’s been hobo’ing around,” says Meeno.  “When I found my fellow dharma bum, Zack, I knew we could take our act on the road. His talent, my camera, that’s all we needed.”

SUR will perform at the Wanderlust’s Squaw Valley Festival in Lake Tahoe, CA on July 19 & 20.  More information on the festival is HERE.

SUR is the brainchild of musician/producer Zack Arnett, who also adds to his credentials visual artist, poet, medicinal farmer and apothecarian. SUR released his debut SAVAGE BEAST EP last May.  The six-track set features the anthem-like rockers LEAN BACK , STIX + STONESALL I NEED and“MAKE IT TO MORNING”.  SUR has been chosen as Fox Sports’ Artist of the Month for June with his music featured in programming across the platform and “Only Road” appears in the sports documentary “40 Days: GGG vs. Rolls.”  SUR has been well received in the TV, film, sports commercial and gaming world as well as being a fixture on the summer festival circuit. More performances to be announced soon.

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Opera In The Garden

THE MERRION IN DUBLIN PRESENTS ‘OPERA IN THE GARDEN’ WITH THE WEXFORD FESTIVAL OPERA

This summer, the 5-star Merrion Hotel in Dublin will once again partner with the Wexford Festival Opera for two exclusive performances on June 5 and 6, 2019 to present “Opera in the Garden” in The Merrion’s own private gardens in the heart of Dublin.
During the event, guests will have a preview of one of the Wexford Festival Opera‘s 2019 ShortWork opera productions. Georges Bizet’s one-act comic operette, Le Docteur Miracle, centered around a young man’s attempt to win the hand of the mayor’s daughter, will be specially staged to complement the elegant backdrop of The Merrion’s gardens.

Peter MacCann, General Manager of The Merrion Hotel, said: “We are delighted to welcome the world-renowned Wexford Opera Company to perform one of their ShortWork operas against the backdrop of The Merrion’s tranquil terrace gardens. Last year’s event was a huge success and we were thrilled with how it was received by all those in attendance.”

The black-tie event begins with a Champagne reception on the terrace, followed by the performance, and concludes with a private dinner prepared by Executive Head Chef Ed Cooney and served in the Georgian salons of The Merrion.
Tickets for this event are limited to 100 per night, and are priced at €295 (approx. US$332) per person, including the Champagne reception, performance and dinner with wines.

For more information click here. For more information on Opera in the Garden click here.

ABOUT THE MERRION

The union of four restored Georgian townhouses, joined with a contemporary Garden Wing, The Merrion’s 123 guestrooms and 19 suites include a two-floor Penthouse Suite and private rooftop terrace. The Tethra Spa offers a range of treatments and an in-house pool. In addition to the Garden Room restaurant the Merrion is home to Ireland’s only two-star Michelin restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud. The Merrion houses the largest collection of private art in Ireland outside of the National Gallery. The Merrion is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

H&M STUDIO SS19

H&M UNVEILS H&M STUDIO SS19 – AN ADVENTUROUS, GLAMOROUS COLLECTION FUELED BY WANDERLUST

Today, H&M unveils the campaign for the H&M Studio SS19 collection, “The Glam Explorer”, styled by Géraldine Saglio and photographed by Lachlan Bailey against the dramatic backdrop of Arizona. Inspired by a glamorous adventurer, the campaign sets the tone for H&M’s decision to swap the Paris Fashion Week catwalk for the Sedona, Arizona desert, where the SS19 collection will debut in an immersive theater format. The unique storyline can be followed on #HMStudio and the collection will be available to purchase beginning on March 21st on hm.com and in select H&M stores.

“The H&M Studio SS19 collection caters to a glamorous, adventurous spirit: we’re designing for a woman who doesn’t want to limit herself. She might be going to a party one evening in a sequined skirt, but the next morning she’s up early to go to yoga in her metallic-stripe leggings – so we’re thrilled to be able to present the collection in Sedona, Arizona, channelling the glamorous explorer spirit that infuses the clothes,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt , Design Director H&M

“Working on SS19 with the H&M Studio team has been a very satisfying project for me. We wanted to capture the mix of high glamour and nature in its wildest form, inspired by the famous 1975 French movie, Le Sauvage, with Catherine Deneuve as a runaway bride on a tropical island. The combination of high glamour and more utilitarian pieces feels very ‘me’ – I like to dress in this way and I hope other women will too,” says, Géraldine Saglio, stylist and creative consultant

Taking a free-spirited glam explorer as its muse, the SS19 collection offers a versatile mix of thrilling, statement pieces with low-key, utility-led separates. With mood board references that include the vibrantly-hued mineral ponds of Utah, the collection’s key pieces comprise of a rainbow-hued printed dress, a decadent sequin-splattered skirt, and a structured utility jacket – all of which spell effortless glamour.

ABOUT H&M STUDIO

H&M Studio is H&M’s biannual, most fashion-forward collection. Created by a dedicated design team, the limited-edition collection of trend-led looks and statement pieces has in the past been unveiled during Paris Fashion Week with a runway show. In 2019 it will adopt an innovative immersive theatre format.

*H&M is proud to be a sustainable brand promoting second-hand use of clothing with their Garment Collection program. Drop your bag of unwanted clothing (any brand, any condition) in the recycling box at your local H&M store. For more information, please click the link here.

AdventureSmith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations Announces $1,200 Savings On a Selection of 2019 Alaska Small Ship Cruises

The small ship cruise expert, AdventureSmith Explorations, announces last-minute savings of up to $1,200 (per couple or $600 per person) on select departures of 2019 cruise vacations in Alaska. “An expanded inventory of small ships, more itineraries and a longer season all benefit

our clients who are interested in Alaska this year,” says Todd Smith, founder/president. “‘It’s very rare to see special offers this great so late in the Alaska booking season.”

To take advantage of specials that apply to specific departures and cabin categories, reservations must be made by April 19, 2019.

Savings up to $1,200 per couple come with select 2019 departures of the following itineraries:

* Alaska’s Glacier Country

an eight-day cruise navigating some of Alaska’s most impressive glaciers and wildlife viewing. Savings come with departures aboard the 90-guest S.S. Legacy April 26; May 10, 17, 24 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 5, 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 2 and 9; and aboard the 88-guest Safari Endeavor Sept. 1 and 8; and a special fitness and yoga-themed departure aboard the S.S. Legacy May 3.

* Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales

an eight-day cruise from aboard the 88-guest Safari Endeavour. Savings are applied to May 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18 departures. Suites on this ship include balconies; activities options include stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

* Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers

is a diverse eight-day cruise exploring the many inlets and wildlife of Alaska aboard the 88-guest Safari Endeavor with savings on June 2, 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, and August 11 and 25 departures.

* Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise

spends 15 days along the iconic passage between Seattle and Juneau, visiting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Glacier Bay National Park and Olympic National Park aboard the 88-guest Safari Endeavor, with applicable savings on May 12 and Sept. 15; and aboard the 90-guest S.S.

Legacy on Aug. 16.

The following eight-day itineraries are aboard one of three Wilderness small ships that carry from 60 to 76 guests depending on the vessel. A $600 per-couple savings comes with specific 2019 departures of:

* Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

explores backcountry wilderness between Sitka and Juneau on the Wilderness Discoverer with savings applicable on May 4 and 18 and on Wilderness Explorer Apr. 27 and July 20.

* Alaska Fjords & Glaciers

that discovers glaciers, fjord cliffs, deep valleys and whales, the Tlingit culture and Tongass National Forest, with savings on the Wilderness Adventurer April 6, on Wilderness Discoverer June 29 and July 6, and Wilderness Explorer July 6 and 13.

* Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

that brings guests to tidewater glaciers, whales, puffins and old-growth forest is aboard the Wilderness Adventurer with savings on April 27 and June 8 departures.

Because of the high demand for Alaska cruises, the company is already taking reservations for 2020 programs. To help clients select small ships and/or itineraries that best fits their interests, Smith’s team have prepared 6 Insider Tips to Travel Alaska in the Best Way.

For details on all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ small ship cruises, itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please call 866-575-2875 toll-free or visit the company website.

About AdventureSmith Explorations – Think Outside the Boat!

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Truckee, CA, near the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. A recognized leader in small ship cruising, in 2012 owner Todd Smith first joined the ranks of Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious world’s Top Travel Specialists list as the

leading expert on small ship expeditions.

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Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism

Volcanoes Safaris Launches the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project in Uganda: Safeguarding the Gorge

Volcanoes Safaris is thrilled to announce the launch of the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project. The Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism project has undertaken a series of activities since 2009 to safeguard the Kyambura Gorge ecosystem. The strategic assembling of four adjoining sites next to the Gorge over the last ten years seeks to ensure that the gorge is safeguarded for the long term.

Today, Volcanoes Safaris and Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust are the single largest stakeholders in the Gorge ecosystem after the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. Without the intervention of VS and VSPT, the survival of the gorge and chimps would be under severe threat.

The goal of the integrated eco-tourism partnership project is to safeguard this extremely fragile ecosystem through the protection of the land around the gorge and connecting the Kyambura Gorge Lodge with targeted conservation and community activities.  This will ensure that one of the most important areas for avian, primate and wildlife biodiversity in Africa is preserved.

Speaking at the launch of the Kyambura Gorge Project, Praveen Moman, Founder, Volcanoes Safaris said, “The Albertine Rift stretches from Murchison Falls to the Virunga volcanoes. It is one the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. It is also one of the most densely populated areas of Africa. The challenges of safeguarding habitats for wildlife, preserving wilderness, creating world class tourism products, maximising revenue from tourism, ensuring communities have a substantial stake, remain enormous. VS and VSPT have been working on the Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism project for 10 years. The strategic assembling of the four sites that were under severe threat aims to protect the Kyambura gorge ecosystem in perpetuity.” Moman added, “We are also enhancing and expanding our community and conservation activities. We have introduced a series of walks around the Lodge, in the buffer and in the wetland so that guests can experience this magnificent area. Guests will be asked to plant a tree in the buffer zone to appreciate its significance and to encourage them to support the expansion of the buffer; we will also continue our efforts at creating a community conservancy area; and to see how we can link the lost chimps of Kyambura with chimps in another forest. We are proud to make this significant contribution to the future of the Kyambura Gorge system.”

The four sites that were under severe threat are: the Southern site on which the Kyambura Gorge Lodge is built; the VSPT HQ site on the Northern side; the wetland site on the East; the three km buffer zone along the gorge to the West.

The Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism Project is the latest example of the pioneering work undertaken by Volcanoes Safaris (VS) and the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT).

  • Kyambura Wetland – VS has reclaimed this wetland at the beginning of the Gorge from an illegal brickwork operation over the last decade. One of the most significant interventions to protect the Gorge, the wetland is now regenerating rapidly back to its natural state. The rejuvenated wetland now attracts over 200 species of birds and is used to train members of the community in birding and guiding. Guests can participate in a 2-hour guided walk in the wetland. This project has been a key success for the VSPT, particularly regarding its ecosystem conservation.

 

  • Kyambura Gorge Buffer – VSPT has worked on purchasing the 3km long buffer along the northern part of the Gorge since 2009. With the purchase completed at the end of 2018, a 3-hour guided walk has been developed and is offered to guests to showcase the buffer created by the project, the scenic views over the Gorge, the Park and Kyambura reserve, and the chance to experience the local homesteads.

 

  • Kyambura Conservation Centre – The Kyambura Conservation Centre site based on the northern side of the Gorge at the VSPT centre. The Conservation Centre serves as a Training Centre for Conservation and communities.

 

  • Kyambura Community Café – Located at the Conservation Centre, the Kyambura Community Café trains local disadvantaged youth in hospitality.

 

  • Kyambura Coffee – The growing and processing of coffee by the community will continue to be a central part of the project. Kyambura coffee from the VSPT cooperative for women will be available for guests to purchase.

 

  • Kyambura Community Playground – VSPT has created a community playground to encourage and allow local school children to play games and sports, especially soccer.

 

  • Kyambura Gorge Walk – this short walk (45 mins) offer guests the opportunity to experience the unique landscape around the Lodge, between the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura Gorge and the community.

Volcanoes Safaris is recognized as the leader in great ape tourism. The company received the Travel + Leisure Global Vision (2012) and Condé Nast Traveller World Savers (2013) awards. In 2016 the VSPT Bwindi Bar near Bwindi Lodge won the Pure Community Engagement award for training disadvantaged youths; and Virunga Lodge was recognized as Africa’s most romantic retreat by the World Boutique Awards. In 2017 Volcanoes Safaris lodges have been ranked on Condé Nast Traveller’s list of the best Africa Resorts in their 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Volcanoes Safaris Founder, Praveen Moman, spoke at TedXBend in March 2018 to share his philosophy that making conservation part of the economic mainstream is the key to saving the great apes of Africa. Watch online here.

For more information, please visit https://volcanoessafaris.com/community/

Click to view the Maps of The Kyambura Gorge Eco-tourism project: Map 1 and Map 2

Dan Hotels Growth

ISRAEL’S DAN HOTELS EMBARKS ON MAJOR STRATEGIC GROWTH WITH ACQUISITION OF THREE “RIMONIM” PROPERTIES


Israel’s most prestigious hotel group Dan Hotels has acquired three hotels from Israel’s Rimonim Hotel Group, it was announced in Tel Aviv yesterday by Ronen Nissenbaum, Dan Hotels’ president and CEO. The purchase involves the Rimonim Eilat Hotel (formerly the Neptune), the Rimonim Spring Hotel in Nazareth and the boutique-style Ruth Rimonim Hotel in the heart of the ancient town of Safed.

“Part of our decision to acquire these hotels,” Nissenbaum explained, “is that they fill a gap in the Dan Hotel Corporation’s coverage of Israel, particularly with the addition of the properties in Safed and Nazareth, both located in the northern Galilee region.”

Four additional Rimonim properties may be added to the Dan Hotel chain in the coming months: one in the Negev Desert, two in Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and one in the Golan Heights.

“Our goal is to strengthen and diversify the Dan brand,” Nissenbaum continued, “so that we are able to offer something for every traveler’s geographic need, profile and budget. For the time being, we will operate the three new hotels as they are – and in the coming months make decisions about renovations, upgrades and possible name changes.”

Dan Hotels has shown double-digit growth in revenue and profits since late 2017, “and the Rimonim acquisition will ensure that growth will accelerate even further in 2019 and 2020,” observed Nissenbaum.

For more information about Dan Hotels, please visit: www.danhotels.com.


ABOUT DAN HOTELS

Dan Hotels Israel is the largest luxury hotel group in the country. The history of the chain dates back to June 1947, when two brothers Yekutiel and Shmuel Federmann, purchased a 21-room guest house called the “Kaete Dan” on the Tel Aviv sea shore. Today, the chain owns thirteen deluxe and superior first-class hotels in prime locations around the country, an international convention center and a hotel training school. The collection includes Jerusalem’s legendary King David Hotel, a member of “Leading Hotels of the World” and considered the most prestigious hotel in Israel. Additional luxury hotels include: Dan Accadia Hotel Herzliya, Dan Caesarea Hotel, Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel and Dan Eilat Hotel. Dan Hotels places an emphasis on hospitality and warm accommodation with the its, “Experience the Best.” Dan Hotels recently expanded overseas with the development and opening of the Den Hotel in Bangalore, India’s capital of high-tech.

Women Dominating the World of Travel

Badass Women Who Are Dominating the World of Adventure Travel

In honor of International Women’s Day, Friday March 8, 2019, these inspiring travel professionals are working to make outdoor travel a more balanced place for women around the world.

This Mar. 8, 2019 is International Women’s Day (IWD), and the theme is #BalanceforBetter, focusing on how a more gender-balanced world will create a better working environment for everyone. It couldn’t come at a better time; in the outdoor travel industry, women have been historically under-represented – particularly in leadership positions. According to The Adventure Travel Trade Association’s report “Out in Front: Tracking Women’s Leadership in Adventure Travel,” while women make up 60-70% of the travel industry, only 38% of board positions are held by females in the adventure sector, and there are significantly fewer female guides on average, especially in developing destinations.

However, women are beginning to break down the barriers of this male-dominated sector, and along with “The Rise of the Female Adventurer” and women’s-only travel providers comes a marked increase in women taking on more leadership roles, and challenging the status quo.  

Here are just a handful of driven, fearless women from around the world who are working every day to make their mark in adventure travel:

Payal Mehta

Expedition Leader – India, Nepal & Bhutan

Natural Habitat Adventures

Payal Mehta may have spent her childhood in urban Mumbai, but her lifelong love for the outdoors has led her to become a Nat Hab Expedition Leader, guiding travelers throughout the remote and wild areas of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Once a member of an elite training program for India safari guides, Payal started leading tours in India’s Kanha National Park, and is now a multi-disciplined wilderness specialist and trained mountaineer. As a Nat Hab guide, Payal interprets the nature and local culture she and her groups explore together, as well as being a translator, teacher and storyteller – all while ensuring the trip runs smoothly.

Badass Claim to Fame: “I was part of an all-women mountaineering expedition up the 6420-metre-high Mt. White Sail in the Himalayas. We ended up in a serious rescue situation on our way back when our guide suffered high altitude pulmonary edema. But we all made it back alive!”

Future Goals: “I’d love to have my own wildlife tourism project near a forest. One that is much more than a commercial outfit, that truly involves everyone in the local community, is a center for learning and is run with high standards of environmental consciousness.”

What IWD Means to Payal: “It’s saluting and celebrating all the women of the past who fought for women’s place in society, and because of whom I get to enjoy my life as it is today. It also brings a hope that the message will continue to spread and there will be further change in attitudes in the future.”

Maritza Chacacanta

Deputy Operations Manager – Treks, Inca Trail

Exodus Travels

Maritza Chacanta is a proud single mother and a former Inca Trail Guide who has worked her way up to become the Deputy Operations Manager for Exodus Travels. When Maritza was first told how challenging it was to become an Exodus guide (applicants have to take special training courses and be among the best guides in order to be hired), she became determined to secure the coveted role. After years of hard work and dedication, Maritza made good on her promise to herself – and is now not only leading Exodus Travels’ signature Inca treks, but managing the operations from start to finish while collaborating with porters, horse wranglers, and guides.

Badass Claim to Fame: “Being a single mom is one of the things I’m proudest of. Nowadays, women do not need a man to push ahead. To the single mothers out there: it’s important to know that you are not alone. You can have a successful career while being a successful mom.”

Future Goals: “To develop some projects related to the environment (reforestation, clean campaigns, etc.), and train our staff on how important it is to take care the environment – not only to benefit our treks, but to share the results with our communities.”

What IWD Means to Maritza: “It means rights and gender equality. [It’s the ability to] make your decisions – and be free from violence and discrimination.” 

Alice Goodridge

Adventure Coordinator – Scotland

Wilderness Scotland

Alice Goodridge keeps a sledgehammer in her car during the winter, so she can go swimming anytime, anywhere – no matter how frozen the lochs may be. That’s because as an extreme cold water swimmer, she isn’t afraid of a little physical discomfort – which is part of what made her want to become an Adventure Coordinator for Wilderness Scotland.

The company runs the type of trips Alice always wanted to experience herself, which means she now combines her love of the great outdoors with her expertise in organizing sustainability and adventure holidays.

Badass Claim to Fame: “My long distance and cold-water swims. I swam the 21-mile English Channel in 2012 and the length of the 22-mile Loch Lomond in 2018, which took place overnight from 6 p.m. – 8 a.m. the next morning. I also completed an Ice Mile last year, which was a mile in water less than 5 C° without a wetsuit.”

Future Goals: “I want to challenge myself in a discipline I am not so familiar with. I am currently working through my sea kayaking qualifications, with the hope of becoming a sea kayak guide in the future. Paddling or swimming… any excuse to spend more time on/in the water! “

What IWD Means to Alice: “There is still a lot of inequality in the outdoor activity sector and International Women’s Day mean taking a closer look and seeing what can be done about it. UK society is 51% female. Yet we know that there are less women and girls participating in the types of outdoor activities likely to lead to the interest, skill and motivation to pursue a career in this area. I would like to see greater equality in the outdoor activity sector and a higher percentage of female guides leading walking, biking and paddling trips in the UK.”

Laura Adams

Explorer, Consultant & Artist – BC, Canada

Adventure Canada

Laura Adams, an Adventure Canada expedition guide, is also a professional member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and the Canadian Avalanche Association and was the fifth woman in Canada to become a fully certified winter Ski Guide. She also has a Masters degree in Leadership, with her research focused on decision making and risk management in mountain environments. In her spare time, Laura mentors people who aspire to a career in the professional mountain guiding industry, and coaches women in building leadership and backcountry skills.

Badass Claim to Fame: “In January 2019 I lead a small group expedition to Northern China; close to the borders of Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia to experience the ancient Tuvan mountain culture, and to ski-tour amongst the ‘Golden’ mountains of the region. We went during a time when China/Canada relations were tense, which added a great deal to the risk of traveling to this little-known part of the world. We all embraced the challenges with faith and endurance, and were rewarded with a remarkable experience of awe, cooperation, trust, and unity.”   

Future Goals: I am now focusing my career to increasing awareness, stewardship and leadership of these special places and cultures; through expeditions, my art and speaking/presentations.

What IWD Means to Laura: “International Women’s Day calls on us to give thanks and appreciation for the women in our lives and communities who live life with courage, integrity, and grace, who don’t just accept the way things are, and who make a genuine difference in the lives of themselves and others. It’s a day to inspire and cultivate qualities in emerging women around us who have big dreams and can make their ideas real.”

About Bannikin Travel & Tourism

Bannikin is a Toronto and Hong Kong-based travel and tourism consultancy dedicated to enhancing the businesses of niche-focused tour operators, destinations and lodging providers worldwide. Bannikin was built on a great respect for travel-minded visionaries who provide the utmost experiences in the wildest parts of the planet. With a combined 50+ years of experience, Bannikin knows what needs to come together to turn a travel company into the travel company, and a place into a destination.

To know more, visit Bannikin on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Eco-tourism

Eco-tourism: the sexy growing trend in travel

Traveling the world, while saving the planet – sounds too good to be true. Yet, eco-tourism – travel intended to support conservation efforts while enjoying nature – dates back to the 70s and has been growing in popularity in recent years.

The trend’s resurgence takes shape as sustainability and green living are becoming the buzzwords of the 21st century. So much so that a recent study shows that responsible travel is outpacing overall growth in the trillion-dollar-plus tourism industry.

Many are skeptical of the recent boom in eco-tourism’s popularity, questioning the motives of travelers journeying to obscure places through programs that conserve sea turtles, whales, even rhinos and chimpanzees. However, no matter the rationale behind travelers’ decisions to book an eco-driven trip, the positive outcome of these programs on the environment is undeniable, when properly organized. By simply traveling to the world’s parks and reserves, tourists are helping to protect those wilderness areas by paying park fees and contributing to a local economy that supports conservation efforts. For more adventurous travelers, however, there are charitable opportunities for scuba divers and nature explorers alike to get involved while taking a well-deserved getaway.

Expeditioners can dive into the epicenter of global marine biodiversity aboard a liveaboard ship in Raja Ampat, explore the “soft coral capital of the world” in Fiji, or travel to Kenya and gain an insider’s look at wildlife conservation in the savannas and seas of the region.

Last year alone, Oceanic Society, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, saw more than 1,400 hours of conservation-related volunteering logged by its travelers.

Founded in 1969, the organization leads more than 40 trips annually, with destinations across 16 countries, to ensure there is a trip for any interested traveler to help improve ocean health by deepening their connections with nature. Oceanic Society also leads whale watching expeditions in the San Francisco Bay area nearly every weekend of the year.

By participating in an eco-tourism expedition, participants become an active member in a global effort to build a healthy future for the oceans and environment. And who wouldn’t love a vacation that has an added feel-good bonus to it?

Sports Tours International Spring Marathons

Sports Tours International Invites Runners to Back-to-Back April 2019 Marathons in Rome and Paris

Two European capitals are gearing up for April 2019 when hordes of marathoners create their own spectacles while running through the ancient streets first of Rome and a few days later of Paris.

In 2018, the two cities combined hosted some 56,000 runners who took up the challenge of cobblestone streets and promenades flanked by some of the world’s most remarkable antiquities and architecture.

Sports Tours International, the pros at securing hotel packages and entry into prestigious running and cycling events around the globe, again this spring has lined up hotels (breakfasts included) convenient to the marathons and the services of its seasoned reps who will pamper and prep runners in advance of these events.

Rome Marathon 2019 is first up on Sunday, April 7. Every year 16,000 runners from over 130 countries come to Rome to explore ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum during the Maratona di Roma weekend. Runners may obtain in advance a three-night (April 6-8) plan that includes overnight accommodations for three nights at the four-star Mercure Centro Colosseo, daily breakfasts, local assistance and a pasta party with beverages. The per person rate is from £529. Sports Tours International can also book entry into the marathon from now through Feb. 28 at £75 and from March 1-25 at £85. For details see here.

After running in the Eternal City, marathoners have until April 12 to get to the City of Lights for Paris Marathon 2019 on April 14. Sports Tours International stands ready to arrange accommodation in other places along the way. In Paris itself packages are available for two, three or four nights with two hotel options from £219 per person. With accommodation and daily breakfast come running rep services and guaranteed entry into the race. An early booking entry fee available for a limited time is £75 per entry. Staff service on the Paris Marathon includes a Marathon race briefing, daily hotel visits, an escorted trip to the Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday and an escorted trip to the Marathon start.

The Paris Marathon, attracting over 40,000 runners annually, was established in 1977 during the beginning of a craze for big city, international marathons. There are now more than 23,000 runners from abroad, making up 40 percent of the field. The 26.2-mile running and sightseeing journey begins on one of the world’s most famous streets, Les Champs Elysées. From the foot of the Arc de Triomphe the route heads towards the Place de la Concorde. From the Rue de Rivoli runners sweep through the Place de la Bastille. Then comes a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes which has views of Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower before reaching the finish line on the Avenue Foch.

Sports Tours International’s operations executive Simon is a huge fan of this race. Find out why he loves it here.

For Paris Marathon packages please see here.

Sports Tours International suggests booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online, email: sales@sportstoursinternational.co.uk, or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Our experience will make yours, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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