SEATTLE, Washington – Providing financial support to early-stage adventure tourism enterprises is the purpose behind the Tour Operator Scholarships launched today by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the legal office of Rome McGuigan, P.C., adventure travel legal specialists.
Deserving scholarship winners for 2013 will gain access to the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s global network of nearly 900 members, its membership resources, and travel fare and a delegate seat for the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit set for October 26-31, 2013 in Windhoek and Swakopmund, Namibia.
Scholarship winners will use these ATTA resources to help them grow their business, network, develop their professional skills, and be inspired by industry peers and influencers, all with the end goal of providing them the chance to take their business to the next level.
Specifically, each of the three scholarship recipients selected by May 15, 2013, will receive:
– One annual tour operator membership in the Adventure Travel Trade Association ($600)
– One pass for one person from the tour operator company to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit held October of this year (US$1,150)
– US$1,500 for scholarship winner’s travel to the summit
All entries will be reviewed by members of the ATTA’s staff and Advisory Board, and then voted upon to determine the winners based on the following criteria:
– Demonstrated need, i.e., start-ups, non-profit status, located in an emerging, but impoverished destination, etc.;
– Potential for positive impact on local cultural, ecological, and/or historical resources;
– Exemplary ecological, historical, and cultural practices;
– Exemplary efforts to work with local and indigenous peoples;
– Proof of the highest level of professional ethics and practices; and,
– Ability to prove how this scholarship will be used to elevate the business to a higher level of success – and how it can be utilized over the long run in order to build long-term and lasting success for the company.
Tour operators must be at least 18 years of age, legally able to travel to Namibia, incorporated adventure travel tour operators only, have been in business for more than three years and bring in less than US$250,000 each year in gross revenue.
The scholarship submission period opened April 1, with final entries due by 11:59 p.m. (PDT) on April 30, 2013. Only 100 applicants will be accepted, if they are received prior to April 30 than the application period will close early. Qualified tour operators may access the Tour Operator Scholarship Submission Form and the complete and official program and application details at: https://www.adventuretravel.biz/connect/summit/scholarship/