October 1, 2019

Converge  >  Connect  >  Change 

The UK’s first Wildlife Safari & Conservation Summit is fast approaching on 11 October. It comes at a time when the travel industry, the country and the rest of the world are waking up to some of the challenges and issues caused by humans in the natural world.

The Wildlife Safari and Conservation Summit brings together relevant buyers and sellers in a marketplace event and discussion hubs, informative talks, engaging panel debates, keynote speakers and conference sessions at the Royal Hall, Harrogate.

Leading figures in the industry will come together to connect and discuss issues affecting the travel industry, wildlife tourism and conservation for a full-day summit, ending with a networking reception. 

"By bringing leading exp...

February 28, 2019

We've published this video to help you to plan for the enormity of ITB in Berlin, the largest trade event I have ever been to...

I've been to countless trade exhibitions over the years but this one is soooooo huge, that is warrants special attention and advice which you really would not expect.

Take walking boots and a rucksack? Really????!!!!

And the answer is yes, or certainly shoes that are comfortable enough to walk miles in. Because you will walk for miles. It can take well over half an hour to get from one end of ITB to the other (to put it in perspective, it's a 40 minute jog around the entire perimeter). 

So the video here contains my top three tips for this travel fair but there's one other piece of advice I would like to add - which is particularly important for us as a marketing and rep...

December 5, 2018

The Adventure Connection team have been very busy planning, coordinating, running and following up on Familiarisation Trips. Over the last few months successful Fam Trips have taken place in Sri Lanka, the Azores Islands and Rwanda, and there are several more due to operate in 2019 in destinations as diverse as Lebanon, Nicaragua, Uganda, Madagascar, Peru, Ecuador, Nepal, Ethiopia...

But we keep hearing from tour operators that other Fam Trips they’ve travelled on have been poorly planned and communicated, badly organised and often with irrelevant trip elements included.

So please take note all Tourist Boards, DMCs and Representation companies! A bad Fam Trip can really damage your destination.

We are proud of the 100% feedback rating (five out of five on every trip we’ve organised) so we are shar...

November 30, 2018

Tuesday 20 November

Met the group at Gatwick, all bound for Rwanda. Well earned drink for me (The Adventure Connection) and the rest of the UK tour operators (Naturetrek, Far & Wild, KE Adventure and Rainbow Tours).

Wednesday 21 November

Just arrived in Rwanda. Kigali is spectacular from the air - you can see why it's called 'The Land of a Thousand Hills'. On the ground is a very clean, organised modern African capital. The weather is beautiful - not too hot, not too cold. Steve from Kingfisher Journeys was very excited to see us. We're very excited to be here. Alison is going hiking with Steve in the NE. We're heading to Akagera NP where we're hoping to spot big game on safari!

Every month there is a community day where everyone pitches in to clean up and take part in community projects. Hence it being...

November 22, 2018

Nine volcanic islands sitting remotely in the Atlantic Ocean, enriched with vibrant blue and green colours, home to dolphins and whales, and filled with adventure possibilities beyond your wildest dreams. What other reasons could you possibly need to not immediately start packing your suitcase and jet off to this archipelago of paradise? Just in case we haven't already tempted you enough, here are our top five reasons why the Azores should be next on your travel bucket list and what you can expect during your visit. 

No.1 The Wildlife

The Azores are home to about one third of all cetaceans on the planet so during your visit you are pretty much guaranteed to see a selection of these amazing creatures - Sperm whales, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, among others......

October 31, 2018

Having experienced many years (this will be my 32nd WTM!) of trade shows myself, I can understand the stress and pressure which comes when getting yourself ready for an event. Exhibitions are an exciting and important part of life in the travel industry, but without organisation and preparation and, most importantly, follow up, they can be stressful and even a waste of time.

So here are my top tips for having a successful event - before, during and after. 

1 – Plan, Plan, Plan...

Preparation is key. So if you're committing time and money, plan ahead and visualise your desired outcomes.

Ask yourself the following questions: 

What are my objectives for the exhibition?

What would I most like to achieve from the exhibition?

What actions and activities will make sure I achieve th...

October 4, 2018

Thursday 27 September

Met the group at Heathrow - such a good bunch of people, having a laugh already. Feel like we're in the Big Brother house! Everyone very grateful and excited. They're taking bets that I've lost the Adventure Connection sign by the end of the week!

Friday 28 September

After the flight from Heathrow last night our group of adventurers (from a selection of companies including Inside Asia, Travel Nation, Cookson Adventures and Far & Wild Travel) arrived in Colombo and were met by the team from Nkar Travel & Tours. Nkar were brilliant upon arrival - the whole team welcomed us with flowers and water bottles, accompanied by stories of the measures they are using to reduce plastic and educate local communities about plastic waste.

The main group will be heading to the remote north...