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Yampu Tours Wins Top Award as ‘South America’s Leading Tour Operator’

Stowe, VT, October 30, 2010 --( Yampu Tours announced today that they won a prestigious World Travel Award for being selected South America's Leading Tour Operator after an industry-wide voting process.

Described as the 'Oscars' of the travel and tourism industry by The Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Award is one of the most coveted prizes in the travel business.

Yampu Tours credits their loyal customers for the achievement and thanked voters at a red-carpet ceremony at Sandals Whitehouse, Jamaica on October 22.

“Yampu Tours accepts this award on behalf of our faithful customers and the seasoned travelers who voted us South America’s Leading Tour Operator,” said Jose Irauzqui, who co-founded Yampu Tours with his wife, Monica, over 12 years ago. “We’ll be displaying our World Travel Award Shield with pride. The honor is a testament to our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction as we continue to expand our tour destinations.”

For the past 12 years and counting, Yampu Tours has been making journeys of a lifetime to Mexico, Central and South America. As travel experts, the company makes it their business to search non-stop for the very best lodging, cuisine and experiences that the world has to offer.

Founded in 1993, World Travel Awards is recognized globally by the travel, tourism and hospitality industry as the foremost recognition and acknowledgement of excellence in product and service worldwide.

This year, a phenomenal 185,000 industry professionals participated in the voting process that’s both monitored and independently audited. The audience at the Gala Awards Ceremony included senior professionals, major tourism leaders, high-ranking government representatives and regional, national and international media.

About Yampu Tours
Based in Stowe, Vermont with 12 years of experience, Yampu Tours has a A+ rating at the BBB (Better Business Bureau), is a member of ASTA (the American Society of Travel Agents), and bonded with ARC (American Airlines Reporting Corporation) and IATA. For more information, please visit or contact: Toll Free: (US) 1-888-9267801 (UK) 0800 011 2424 International: (US) +1 212 206-3710 (UK) +44 20 8929 9886 Email:

Additional Information
Photos from the ceremony can be found at

*People who come to Yampu know where they want to go and how they like to travel. They want experts who can guide them to create unique experiences tailored for them. Some of these clients have very specific interests such as archeology, nature, trains, spiritual retreats, culinary, volunteering, trekking, gems, religious heritage, family travel, and honeymoons. Yampu Tours specializes in customizing any special needs.

*Due to our repeat customers and referrals, Yampu Tours has weathered the storm of the recession nicely despite a smaller marketing budget. Many clients start to plan their next trip with Yampu as soon as they get back with added friends and family in mind. They plan their tours the same way they travel: smart and savvy with the most up to date information on hotels, lodges, boats, flights, trains, cars, routes, and tours. Yampu travel consultants are constantly going out for site inspections ensuring that the client is working with the most knowledgeable travel planners in the industry.

*Yampu clients are given local 24-hour contact numbers and special 24-hour New York-based contacts for unexpected emergencies (like a natural disaster). Yampu works diligently to resolve problems and ensures that their clients never feel alone on the tour.

*Since 1998, Yampu Tours has been nurturing established relationships with the best vendors Latin America has to offer. The tour guides, hotels, restaurants, trains, planes, boats and transportation companies, for example, understand that to work with Yampu they must provide the clients with the same commitment to service, value and dependability.

*Due to the growing demand from existing Yampu clients, the company is growing and developing exciting new tour destinations. The prototypes for these new tours are being explored now and will be unveiled in 2011.

Contact Information
Monica Irauzqui
(802) 760-6158

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