Last updated: 01:50 AM ET, Mon October 29 2012

Austin-Lehman Adventures to Host Namibian Officials in Montana

Vacation Packages | David Cogswell | July 24, 2012

Austin-Lehman Adventures to Host Namibian Officials in Montana

Austin-Lehman Adventures joined together with the World Wildlife Fund and local ranchers, Native American tribal leaders and recreation professionals in Montana to host 14 community and tourism leaders from Namibia, where resource and land conservancy initiatives help people and wildlife thrive. The tour operator has arranged a cross-cultural summit between American and Namibian people, Sept. 6 to 16, to share ideas on how tourism fits into their respective ideologies and their lands. Austin-Lehman Adventures is an active travel company operating on five continents, including Africa.

            Delegates will meet with property owners, managers and government officials to explore how they manage wide open spaces and incorporate sustainable adventure tourism activities such as biking, rafting, wildlife viewing and horseback riding. In turn, the international guests will discuss how their land conservancy model works in Namibia and how it might work on reservations and public and private lands. The 10-day tour will wrap up in Bozeman with an American football game as guests of Montana State University.

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