Geographic Expeditions (GeoEx) Receives Two Condé Nast Traveler Awards
April 29th, 2019
Condé Nast Traveler has selected two GeoEx staffers, Kate Doty and Brent Olson, as Top Travel Specialists for 2019. This marks Doty’s and Olson’s 7th straight appearance on the list, which spotlights the world’s leading travel experts and companies. Specialists are chosen by Condé Nast Traveler’s editors based on their combination of specialized knowledge, travel experience, local connections, excellence in customer service, and overall value.
Doty was singled out for her prowess in planning Private Jet Trips. In recognizing her, Traveler’s editors said, “The private jet crowd has Doty, a cool-headed master logician, on speed-dial–both for short, highlight-packing tours of bucket-list sights, or fixed-wing aircraft journeys across multiple countries (Africa, Asia, and the Americas). She can be counted on to find just the right exclusive-use property with room enough for a travelling security detail, and to land an audience with the Dalai Lama or cocktails with dignitaries in Bhutan. Still, she avoids elitist traps, and gets as excited about sleeping atop a volcano in the Virungas as a private party at the Giza Pyramids.”
Olson was cited for the breadth and depth of his Bhutan expertise. In naming him a Top Asia Specialist, Condé Nast wrote, “Olson, who has been to Bhutan 45 times in the past 26 years and oversees trips there for 600 travellers annually, knows a broad cross-section of Bhutanese, from villagers to high-ranking government officials to members of the royal family. He gets his clients into places that remain unknown to most tourists–certain temples and monasteries and, in special cases, private festivals or prayer ceremonies.”
Commenting on their selection, GeoEx CEO Jean-Paul Tennant said, “We are thrilled and honored that Kate Doty and Brent Olson have once again been selected by Condé Nast Traveler for inclusion on their esteemed list of top travel specialists. Kate and Brent embody the qualities that distinguish GeoEx as a company: a passionate dedication to creating the most rewarding trip for every group or individual, and to getting every detail right, so that our travelers can devote all their energy and attention to enjoying the adventure of a lifetime. We are gratified that Condé Nast has again recognized GeoEx’s extraordinary employees and their commitment to excellence in every journey.”
About Geographic Expeditions (GeoEx)
A pioneer of travel to remote and challenging destinations since 1982, GeoEx is a U.S.-based travel company specializing in designing custom journeys and small group trips—cultural tours, treks, safaris, cruises, and journeys by train—to the widest array of destinations. Based in San Francisco, GeoEx’s team of travel specialists work with partners in every corner of the globe to create personalized, memorable, and immersive travel experiences for their clients. Three GeoEx experts were recently honored as “Top Travel Specialists” by Conde Nast Traveler, and GeoEx has been cited for its exceptional tours by National Geographic Traveler, AFAR, and Travel + Leisure.
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