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Urban Adventures Named Best Travel Startup of the Year

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 29 April 2010

On April 29, at the 2010 Travel Distribution Summit Asia in Singapore, a Web Innovation Award for Best Travel Startup of the Year was awarded to Urban Adventures. Urban Adventures, which was also shortlisted in the Most Exciting New Use of Technology in Travel category, was launched in October 2009 and has quickly grown into a global force, recently featured on Getaway, Australia’s favourite travel show.

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A Travel Ambassador with a Strong Portfolio

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 27 January 2010

One week ago, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced Michelle Rodrigues as its newest Travel Ambassador. Michelle, born and raised in New York City but now resident in Florida, USA, is also a project manager and content editor for the WHL Group in its North America and the Caribbean Regional Office currently based in Miami.

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An Alpine Melody in Slovenia: A Perfect Nature Tour

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 December 2009

Baa baa black sheep, now we have your wool! So say travellers in Slovenia who have had the pleasure of an exclusive Alpine Melody tour with Spin Travel. Billed as a day-long excursion that “takes you back to the times of our grandfathers,” Alpine Melody was also shortlisted in early December 2009 for the Sejalac…

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Boracay Hills Recognised for Its Excellence Amongst Philippines Hotels

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 12 November 2009

On the Philippine island of Boracay – famous as one of the word’s most popular beach destinations – nestled in the hills of the village of Bantud is a surprise. In keeping with its exceptional setting, it’s called Boracay Hills and for anyone who treasures top-quality tropical hospitality, it’s a small (10-room) boutique hotel not to be ignored.

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WHL Group Shortlisted for EcoTrophea 2009 International Environmental Award

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 November 2009

On 3 November, the WHL Group, the parent company of whl.travel, was identified as one of five nominees (linked article is in German only, as is this video) shortlisted to win the EcoTrophea 2009, the German Travel Association (or DRV) International Environmental Award. (For an English-subtitled video of the WHL Group section only, click here.) The…

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Lee Sheridan and Teamworkz Consulting: A Responsible Tourism Triumph in Southeast Asia

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 12 October 2009

With a little luck, by early 2010, Lee Sheridan believes his company, Teamworkz, the whl.travel local partner in Laos, will have processed US$1 million worth of travel bookings. This dynamism was awarded the whl.travel Franchisee of the Year 2008-2009 recognition at the July 2009 whl.travel Asia-Pacific Regional conference.

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Teamworkz Consulting in Laos Is the whl.travel Franchisee of the Year 2008-2009

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 8 October 2009

At the July 2009 whl.travel Asia-Pacific Regional conference, Teamworkz Consulting was officially recognised as the whl.travel Franchisee of the Year 2008-2009 for its work in Vientiane, Laos. Teamworkz, which also owns and operates five other sites in Laos and seven in Thailand, could just as easily have earned its laurels for its labours in Luang…

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Geotourism Challenge 2009, Urban Adventures Prize and Tourdust Scholarship Winners Announced

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 10 September 2009

The results are in and the veil has been lifted on the top finalists! The entire whl.travel network congratulates NatureAir, PEPY and Wikiloc for their well-deserved rewards and recognition in the Geotourism Challenge 2009, to Ger to Ger, Context Travel and Cobati (Community Based Tourism Initiatives) as recipients of the first Urban Adventures Prize, and to Ger to Ger, Cape Race and RiverIndia for the scholarships they’ve won as part of the Tourdust Scholarship.

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Eight whl.travel Destinations Are Finalists for the New Seven Wonders of Nature

  • whl.travel
  • 24 July 2009

In December 2007, a global call for votes on 440 destinations in 220 countries netted a pared-down list of 77 sites, all vying for one of seven coveted spots as the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Then, on 21 July 2009, a panel of experts announced the even more select list of only 28 finalists….

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whl.travel a Winner in the First Condé Nast Traveler Challenge

  • whl.travel
  • 17 June 2009

On June 12, despite earlier announcements to the contrary, whl.travel was revealed as one of five winners in the first ‘Globetrotting for Good – The Condé Nast Traveler Challenge’, hosted by Ashoka’s Changemakers. “whl.travel is truly defining what innovation means in the field of tourism,” said Charlie Brown, Executive Director of Ashoka’s Changemakers. “Their ability…

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