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Condé Nast Traveler names Abercrombie & Kent’s Rami Girgis as a Top Travel Specialist.
Rami Girgis, A&K’s Product Manager for the Middle East, was handpicked by Condé Nast Traveler’s Wendy Perrin as Top Travel Specialist, Egypt. Rami was recognized for his local access and his aim to expose travelers to as many layers of history and culture as possible on his trips.
Rami joins this prestigious list of the “most respected and trusted in the travel industry,” along with A&K’s Gerald Hatherly, who has been on the list since 2003 for his insider’s knowledge of China, and A&K European Villas expert, Adam Coats.
Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialists represent “the best blend of destination knowledge, insider connections, user-friendliness, and value for your dollar that I’ve found in more than two decades of scrutinizing the travel industry for this magazine,” says Perrin, Consumer News Director for the magazine.
Getting into this group is, statistically speaking, tougher than getting into Harvard. Of the more than 10,000 travel agents and tour operators who have tried to break onto this list since its inception, only a tiny fraction have made the grade. Almost all have been road-tested by Condé Nast Traveler readers, editors, or both.
- Think Penguins Are the Only Black & White Icon in Antarctica? Think Again!
Abercrombie & Kent delivered 5,000 OREO cookies to Antarctica to celebrate the cookie's 100th birthday. In recognition of conquering its seventh continent, OREO has donated the first solar-powered Penguin Cam to researchers at Palmer Station with the help of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy. Professor James McClintock, author of Lost Antarctica and endowed professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, accepted the delivery from OREO Man on behalf of all the scientists working in Antarctica.
The Penguin Cam will be installed on Torgerson Island by mid-January 2013 and broadcast images of Adelie penguins, an indicator species affected by the changing climate in Antarctica. The penguins are vanishing as it warms, due to snow burying their eggs and the loss of annual sea ice.
- Jorie Butler Kent, A&K Philanthropy Recognized for Innovation and Commitment
Congratulations to Jorie Butler Kent, founder and president, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, who was recently honored with the prestigious World Tourism Award in recognition for her development of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, and its commitment to sustainable tourism by sponsoring grassroots projects dedicated to preserving natural habitats, protecting wildlife and promoting the welfare of indigenous communities throughout the world.
The World Tourism Award was presented at World Travel Market in London on November 5th by co-sponsors American Express, Corinthia Hotels, International Herald Tribune and Reed Travel Exhibitions. Inaugurated in 1997 and celebrating its 15th Anniversary the award was established to recognize "the extraordinary initiatives by individuals, companies, organizations, destinations and attractions for outstanding accomplishments in the travel industry."
- Tribute to Geoffrey Kent by Bill Marriott, World Travel & Tourism Council
Geoffrey Kent was recently honored by the World Travel & Tourism Council for his service as Chairman over the past five years. His leadership took the organization beyond a focus on travel and tourism's economic impact to the vital contribution it makes to social and cultural sustainability – a triple bottom line. The World Travel & Tourism Council is a global business leaders forum comprising the chairmen and chief executives of 100 of the world's foremost travel and tourism organizations.
The Penguin Cam will be an important educational outreach tool, providing students and the public with an opportunity to follow the penguins throughout their life cycle and observe their characteristic behaviors. The Long Term Ecological Research program intends to make the webcam feed available via the internet to students and teachers and post regular updates about what stage of the penguin lifecycle the camera is showing at any given time. If all goes according to plan, it will be possible for teachers to arrange via Palmer Station to control the camera (direction and zoom) from their classroom via computer.
In addition to providing views of breeding penguins, the webcam will also build a record of visual weather conditions and climate indicators such as snow cover. These observations can be used in conjunction with traditional weather providers like WeatherUnderground.com for classroom exercises aimed at understanding seasonal weather in Antarctica in a time of climate change.
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