Austin-Lehman Adventures to Acquire South American Operator
By James Ruggia
July 10, 2012 10:34 PM
Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA) will acquire Go South Adventures, a leader in Latin American adventure travel. Go South owner Troy Glennon will join ALA’s sales team, specializing in Central and South American travel. In other developments, ALA will become the official adventure travel partner of Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). Clients of both companies will benefit from the alliance as EMS will refer customers to ALA for their active adventure tour needs and Austin-Lehman Adventures will in turn direct tour participants to EMS for fulfillment of apparel and equipment needs.
In September, ALA, in conjunction with the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and Tourism Namibia, will host a delegation of WWF and Namibia land conservancy leaders and partners (including from the Himba and Herrera tribes) on a "No Borders Tour" of Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Delegates will meet with property owners and managers to explore how they share these wide open spaces and incorporate activities like biking, rafting and horseback riding. In turn, the delegates will share the conservancy model and how it works in Namibia and how it might work on our native reservations, meeting with Crow and Cheyenne tribal leaders and government officials. The tour will wrap up in Bozeman with an American football game.
In 2013, ALA will offer a new expedition cruising program in the Antarctic as part of the company’s growing small ship portfolio. The company is also adding a new wellness spa and retreat package in Utah; cycling trips in new destinations such as Scotland, Ireland, and Arizona; expansion of the Africa programs (both pre-set departures and custom) in Namibia and Botswana through a new partnership with Wilderness Safaris; the creation of new multisport adventures at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and in Nicaragua and Turkey; and an expansion of set departures and exclusive private group people-to-people programs in Cuba.