Hundreds of Exhibitors Make the Expo Your Ticket to Everything in Adventure Travel

Milford, CT, February 7, 2006 – Imagine trekking miles along a rocky ridge to explore the famous Boiling River in Dominica, having your feet nuzzled by baby warthogs on a Kenyan safari, or motorcycling the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam. These are just a handful of the endless stream of adventures that await travelers at the Adventures in Travel Expo this weekend at the Washington Convention Center.

“What is unique about this show is that the diversity of travel options for which the adventure travel category is known,” says Unicomm CEO John Golicz, organizer of the Adventures in Travel Expo.” Virtually any trip your mind can conceive can be found here in some form – from the simple to the exotic, and from the distant to the close to home – we truly offer an adventure for everyone.”

The show offers fine examples of both soft and extreme adventure, recognizing that “adventure” is different for everyone. For some, it may be an Alaskan cruise, while others may seek the heart-pounding adventure of shark diving. Overall, the adventure category, which is now a $115 billion dollar industry, envelops any activity that allows you to experience a destination from a physical, cultural or spiritual perspective, which covers a lot of ground.

Here are just a few of the activities that DC area residents can find at the Expo:
World Class Diving in the Caribbean
Puerto Rico, just awarded one of the Top Five Caribbean Destinations for Shore Diving for 2006 by Scuba Diving Magazine (Booth #938) with its abundant marine life, and magnificent walls, caverns, cays and mangroves; Bonaire, with its actively managed marine parks and little rainfall, features some of the most pristine waters in the Caribbean (Booth #826); Belize touts the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere and is known for the famous Blue Hole – popularized by Jacques Cousteau and one of the dive wonders of the world (Booth #1125).
A Taste of African Safaris
Luxury wildlife and cultural safaris to Kenya and Tanzania are the offering of Deeper Africa, which allows you to experience a night game drive, or learn about African culture from a stay in an African village, or take spectacular game trips (Booth #402); CC Africa features exceptional game viewing and birding opportunities on a walking safari in Phinda Game Reserve in South Africa. (Booth #405)

Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking in South America
Rafting the extreme waters of the Futaleufu River in Patagonia, Chile, one of the world’s greatest whitewater rivers and experiencing both the cultural and environmental elements of the region with Earth River Expeditions (Booth #719); Pachamama Tours offers kayaking in Bolivia down natural rainforest corridors to see places rarely visited by outside travelers (Booth #1123).
The Dude Ranch Experience – All at Booth # 1130
Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson provides a resort experience and riding in the desert mountain setting of beautiful Arizona. The resort also offers hiking or mountain biking in the Sonoran Desert; Rock Springs Ranch in Oregon has a fabulous family program. Kids will love the hayride and camping, where they can spend magical evenings around the campfire complete with sing-a-longs and storytelling; Paradise Ranch in Wyoming offers picturesque settings to learn to ride as well as the perfect place to “get hitched,” at the rustically elegant Sam Elliot Pope Memorial Chapel right near the ranch.
Exotic Excursions
Picture yourself retracing the steps of Lawrence of Arabia in a caravan of camels or donkeys through the central highland and eastern deserts of Jordan (Tourism Board Booth #432), Taking in the colorful Buddhist celebration, Jambay Lhakhang Festival in Bhutan to be awed by beautiful temples and enchanting nomads, and exploring the breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas (Nomadic Expeditions Booth #1016); Exploring the Mulu Caves of Malaysia,  the world’s largest underground chamber that can hold 40 Boeing 747 airplanes, and then taking in the Rainforest World Music Festival in exotic Sarawak (Tourism Malaysia Booth #1018).

For more information on these and other exhibitors, and for details on the Expo, please visit The Adventures in Travel Expo website at www.adventureexpo.com.