Lonely Planet’s Manitoba Nod Expected to Bring Big Business to Tour Operator

Lonely Planet’s Manitoba Nod Expected to Bring Big Business to Tour Operator

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A Manitoba tour company is expecting to see a bump in its bookings after Lonely Planet singled out Manitoba on its top destinations list for 2019. (TWIN RIVER TRAVEL)

A Manitoba tour operator is preparing for an influx of international visitors after the province received the coveted praise of Lonely Planet this week.

The travel media company listed Manitoba as No. 8 on its Best Travel Destinations for 2019 list on Monday.

Twin River Travel offers ecotourism in Pimachiowin Aki, one of the world’s newest UNESCO World Heritage sites.

“With over 100,000 lakes and plenty of rivers, Manitoba is truly a paddler’s dream, recognized internationally for its canoeing and kayaking opportunities,” Colin Ferguson, president and CEO of Travel Manitoba.

“We’re thrilled to see Twin River Travel enter the marketplace to provide both residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty of our wilderness. Their progressive approach will appeal to visitors looking for unique, experiential travel that is customized for all levels of ability.”

Co-founder Sam Anthony, a cross-country ski athlete, says the timing of the mention is perfect, saying they have just finished a two-week scouting trip on the Bloodvein River in the UNESCO region.

“We’ve been working with local communities and business as well as the first nation on recreational offerings. It’s such a stunning part of Manitoba and it will be a delight to show it to the world,” Anthony said.

The two-year-old company is expecting a flock of tourists to experience back-country travel that is eco-friendly, participatory, and highly accessible.

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