The following is a reposted version of an article from Adventure Travel News.
Partnerships Between Local and International Operators
When operators, from different countries, work together to bring clients from across the globe to create adventure tours, it is travelers who are the real winners. One company is a trusted name with a long history of satisfied customers. The other is a tried-and-true outfitter with hard-won local experience in a distant locale rising on the tourism charts. When the two work together, both the bottom line AND providing authentic experience are accounted for.
Register here for this month’s Western Balkans Adventure Travel Webinar—Partnerships Between Local and International Operators—which will air onThursday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m. EST (3:30 p.m. CET). The session will investigate the advantages and challenges of such business alliances. (It will be archived and free to peruse after this date.)
Our guests will be Jim Johnson, the president of BikeTours.com, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company that represents 75 bicycle tour companies across Europe, and Thierry Joubert, the director of Green Visions, a Bosnia and Herzegovina-based operator with 17 years of experience in the Balkans. This summer, the two companieswill work together on an eight-day cycling journey from Dubrovnik, Croatia, to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Western Balkans has become Europe’s adventure playground. National Geographic Traveler named the Via Dinarica hiking trail, which runs through the middle of the region, one of its “Best of the World” destinations for 2017. The trail links and traverses Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia.
In response to this energy and excitement, we invite all those interested to participate in our Western Balkans Adventure Travel Webinar Series.
Webinar 2: Partnerships Between Local and International Operators will air onThursday, May 25 at 9:30 a.m. EST (3:30 p.m. CET). Alex Crevar, who has covered the Balkans (The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler) as a travel journalist for 20 years, moderates the series and tackles topics of interest to the adventure travel industry—for both professionals and travelers.
The monthly series is brought to you by the Via Dinarica Alliance, a cross-border cooperative of companies in the Western Balkans committed to strengthening the region’s sustainability through responsible tourism. The series is hosted by Balkan Vibe, the premier travel platform for the Western Balkans, offering the widest range of tours for the region as well as a seamless booking and credit-card payment system. The series is supported by the USAID/REG project.