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Billings, MT, July 23, 2012 – Award-winning tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA – http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards on five continents, on Aug. 1, 2012, is acquiring Latin America specialist Go South Adventures (GSA -  www.go-south-adventures.com).

The acquisition expands ALA’s tour portfolio for South American adventures by more than 20 percent and opens up opportunities to grow group, custom and FIT visits to the region. This is ALA’s fourth active travel company acquisition. The others were Backcountry Tours (2000), Euro-Bike Tours (2008) and Croatia Bicycle Tours (2010.

The announcement was made by Dan Austin, ALA’s founder and director.

Along with the acquisition, GSA’s owner, Troy Glennon, will join the ALA staff as its Latin American expert, enhancing the company’s program development team as well as supporting the sales team. Glennon has worked for over a decade guiding travelers through the region and developing sustainable tourism experiences.

“By acquiring Go South Adventures, its brain trust excellent connections and stellar reputation, we are also giving our loyal clients the opportunity to travel more extensively with Austin-Lehman Adventures in the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Antarctica,” says Austin. “The major factors making this transaction possible are existing similarities between our two companies including our joint passion for providing service and learning opportunities and ‘behind the scenes’ access, as well as our dedication to flawless itinerary planning.”

In addition to its tried and true small group and custom programs, ALA plans to expand its capability of fulfilling requests of solo travelers, couples and very small groups who want independent self-guided (or escorted) travel with all the logistics and arrangements made and booked ahead.

Austin explained that GSA’s website, remaining intact, will be converted to a South American travel content and resource site with links to ALA’s website.

“We are thrilled to keep the legacy we’ve built alive and vibrant for years to come by joining the Austin-Lehman Adventures family,” says Glennon.

The Austin-Lehman Adventures forte is to give guests a comprehensive and authentic insider’s view of regions visited. The new South American programs will remain primarily multi-sport and cultural. Traditionally Austin-Lehman Adventures has featured multi-activity trips with activities like biking, hiking, sea kayaking and white water rafting.

“Our programs are about the luxury of learning, stimulating activity and the tender loving care we lavish on our guests,” says Austin.

About Austin-Lehman Adventures
Austin-Lehman Adventures
, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In the March 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, Austin-Lehman Adventures was recipient of the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2012-2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail info@austinlehman.com. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/.

About Go South Adventures and Troy Glennon

For over 10 years, Troy Glennon has led Go South Adventures in creating “Trip of a Lifetime”, small group adventures to Latin America. Troy has experienced South America from both sides of travel, as a solo adventurer and as a group tour leader in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. He studied in Mexico and has a degree in Spanish Literature and Culture from the University of Washington. He has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America, and returns regularly to update and expand his knowledge of new and classic Latin American destinations. His passion, observations and experiences gained from exploring Latin America are evident in each itinerary offered by Go South Adventures.

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