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USTOA recently named Jimmy Murphy, a founder of Brendan
Worldwide Vacations, a Life Member an honor granted to USTOA
members who have made a remarkable contribution to the association
over their professional lifetime.
“Jim Murphy’s guidance and wisdom have been invaluable. He has
been a mentor to many USTOA members and he has been a driving force
in USTOA’s support of the travel agent distribution system for tour
operators,” said Bob Whitley, USTOA president.
As one of the founding members of USTOA, Murphy served as the
association’s first president in 1972, and in 1992 again served as
chairman for two more years, becoming the only person to have
served twice as the organization’s chair.
Austin-Lehman Adds Chiapas
Austin-Lehman Adventures and its Mexico-based partner, Journey
Mexico, announce the addition of Chiapas to their 2007
The new trip explores the remote Lacandon rainforest ruins and
highland Maya villages of Chiapas. The eight-day, seven-night
program will run April 15-22, Sept. 23-30, Oct. 28-Nov. 4 (Day of
the Dead) and Dec. 23-30. All meals (except for one dinner),
accommodations, ground transportation, guides and equipment and
park entrance fees are included.
“As far as we know, we’re the only folks doing such in depth
cultural journeys into Chiapas,” said Dan Austin, co-founder and
director of operations for Austin-Lehman Adventures.
He said the state, dubbed “Mexico’s Last Frontier,” is one of
the least-visited regions in Mexico but among its richest in terms
of culture, history and indigenous people.
This multi-sport trip includes boating, biking and hiking, as
well as visits to cobblestone villages and archaeological ruins.
Lodgings include a five-star hotel, a jungle eco-resort and a
restored 17th-century hacienda.