Emma Watson, TravelAge West

April 1, 2018

When Shannon Stowell, CEO of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), took his 17-year-old son to Iraqi Kurdistan, for example, he found little information on the destination available online.... Because of this, he turned to Kurdistan Iraq Tours, an on-the-ground operator and ATTA member.

“I strongly recommend building a relationship with a reliable tour operator — one with a well-known reputation and a history in the destination,” Stowell said. “The other option is to go yourself and become an expert in the region, but that will also likely end up with finding a good operator who has years in business, a solid risk-management plan and experience working with international travelers.”

Excerpt from A Travel Agent Guide to Selling High-Risk Travel