Current Clients

  • Natural Habitat Adventures

    Natural Habitat Adventures

    Natural Habitat Adventures provides the very best in worldwide, eco-friendly wildlife travel. From our award-winning polar bear adventures in Churchill, Manitoba to wilderness expeditions in Antarctica, Africa, the Galapagos and more, with NHA you experience the most amazing wonders of the natural world with the world’s best guides.

     
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

    Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

    Jackson Hole continues to famously deliver our legendary powder snow, 4,136 continuous vertical feet, 2500 acres of the best beginner, intermediate and expert skiing and snowboarding and a genuine “Last of the Old West” atmosphere. Neighboring the legacy U.S National Parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton and operating in Bridger Teton National Forest, there is no more spectacular setting for a destination resort in the world.

     
  • Rainforest Expeditions

    Rainforest Expeditions

    Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian Ecotourism company established in 1989. It operates 3 comfortable lodges in the Tambopata National Reserve. Programs offer integration of nature and culture in the Amazon rainforest aimed at providing a good overview of life in the rainforest.

     
  • Tourism Yukon

    Tourism Yukon

    Yukon is a destination of unparalleled scenic beauty that captivates its visitors under the spell of the midnight sun and the dance of northern lights. It’s a land that provides experiences distinguished by culture and its vast, wide-open spaces and the freedom inspired by the unending, pristine wilderness. Yukon, Larger Than Life.

     
  • TAAN

    TAAN

    Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is an umbrella association of trekking agencies in the country. It was established in 1979 by a handful of trekking agency operators who felt it was time to devise sound business principles as well as regulate the sector which was growing by leaps and bounds with every passing year. They also felt the need of a strong lobby group that could suggest to the government on several issues to promote the Nepali tourism industry and develop tourism as a revenue generating industry.

     
  • Nepal Tourism Board

    Nepal Tourism Board

    Nepal Tourism Board is a national tourism organization of Nepal established in 1998 by an Act of Parliament in the form of partnership between the Government of Nepal and private sector tourism industry to develop and market Nepal as an attractive tourist destination. The Board provides platform for vision-drawn leadership for Nepal’s tourism sector by integrating Government commitment with the dynamism of private sector.

    “Naturally Nepal, Once is not Enough” is the tourism brand of Nepal. “Naturally Nepal” is a simple expression that repackages the Nepal brand in a positive light. “Once is not Enough” not only accurately captures the tourists’ emotions at the airport’s departure gate but also serves as a decision tool that enables the Nepali tourism industry individually and collectively to focus both on consumer retention and acquisition.

     
  • Explorers’ Edge

    Explorers’ Edge

    With Algonquin Park, the Almaguin Highlands, Loring- Restoule, Muskoka and Parry Sound contained within its borders, Explorers’ Edge is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Canada. Here there is something to impress every traveller, no matter what you’re seeking, from culinary delights, to arts and culture, to outdoor adventure, to blissful respite.

     
  • Enchanted Adventures

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    Enchanted Adventures experiences are enjoyed by curious travellers craving invigorating new adventures in intriguing destinations around the world. As trip designers, Enchanted Adventures take the time to understand travellers’ preferred travel style, and then creates detailed and engrossing itineraries accordingly. Travellers can also choose from a selection of ready-made itineraries that – like all Enchanted Adventures experiences – are designed to leave a lasting impression on travellers, not the destination.

     
  • The Wilderness Collective

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    The Wilderness Collective is the innovative business behind Europe’s #1 Adventure Travel Company, Wilderness Scotland, established in 2001, and its most recently launched brand, Wilderness Ireland. Offering an unrivaled range of small-group departures, self-guided trips and custom vacations, the award winning brands lead the way in active and nature-based travel to the remote and wild corners of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the North of England. Popular outdoor experiences include hiking, road cycling and kayaking. Wildlife, cultural, photography and sailing adventures are also available. For more information, visit thewildernesscollective.co.uk.

     
  • Adventure Travel Trade Association

    Adventure Travel Trade Association

    Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) serves 1000 members in 80 countries worldwide. Members predominantly include tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents and accommodations with a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism. The ATTA delivers solutions and connections that propel members towards their business goals and the industry toward a responsible and profitable future.

     
  • Southern Explorations

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    No one knows Latin America like Southern Explorations. They’ve spent much of their lives exploring, guiding, studying and experiencing the destinations they offer. They know the places, the people, the cultures, the food, the music, the secret spots and the most sought after experiences. Their decades of experience allows them to help give guests the flexibility to build and customize their ideal Latin America travel itinerary, or guests can select from Southern Explorations’ finely crafted group adventures and cruises guaranteed to meet their award-winning standards.

     
  • Futurismo

    Futurismo

    Azores Adventures Futurismo is the only Azores-based active tourism company offering year-round, high-quality, professionally lead sea- and land-based activities throughout the Azores archipelago.

     
  • Neotropic Expeditions

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    Neotropic Expeditions is a group of passionate explorers and adventurers. For over 25 years, they’ve shared their passion for one-of-a-kind experiences with their guests. They’ve created some of Ecuador and Colombia’s most inspiring destinations, in the Coast, Andes, Amazon and Galapagos Islands.

     
  • Exodus Travels

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    Celebrating 42 years, leading adventure tour operator Exodus has a vast range of adventure and activity holidays across seven continents, offering places as diverse and as exhilarating as Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the Ice Hotel and Antarctica. Whether it is solo travellers, couples, groups or families, Exodus offers an incredible choice of trips for all ages and activity levels. Operating in 90 countries with over 500 tours, Exodus insists on low impact tourism and contributing to local communities.

     
  • New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

    New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

    New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Cultures’ goal is to promote New Brunswick as a destination, developing relationships with travel trade, media and consumers. The tourism office promotes New Brunswick as the hub to Canada’s Maritime Provinces, offering five distinctive regions, each with their own story to tell and packed with incredible bays, some of the oldest mountains on the planet, the rarest of dunes, and world-renowned rivers.

    Results

    In 2015, Bannikin began working with Tourism New Brunswick in developing strong relationships with top travel representatives by designing and managing a series of FAM trips to introduce travel trade focused on the soft adventure space to the destination.

     
  • Adventure Canada

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    Adventure Canada is a family-owned adventure travel company specializing in land-based and small ship cruise adventures into the world’s far-off places, including the Arctic, Antarctic and the Galapagos Islands. Adventure Canada’s trips feature a wide array of special guests including musicians, authors, biologists, historians and much more.

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    Results

    Targeted media relations strategy & outreach

     
  • Outer Shores Expeditions

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    Outer Shores offers multi-day wildlife and cultural expeditions that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Guided by a crew of professional mariners and expert naturalists, OSE’s small groups of 8 guests explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia while living and travelling aboard the 70′ classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud. President and Captain Russel Markel holds a PhD in marine biology and is dedicated to hosting guests from around the world while fostering stewardship and supporting conservation-based research in the areas where Outer Shores travels.

    Results

    Targeted media relations & marketing support

     
  • Upscape

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    Since 2003, the team at Upscape has been personally researching and creating trips throughout Chile and Argentina. The company was founded by Brian Pearson and Sira Berté, who left the United States in the midst of successful careers in order to pursue their dream of living and travelling through Chile. Upscapes’ specialties are ski, bike and wine tours, all designed using expert guides, impeccable operations support, and first-hand knowledge of the best places to experience wine, culture, food and outdoor adventure. The company’s reputation as one of the most respected tour operators in Chile is founded on their top goal — to provide guests with the most memorable experience possible.

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    Results

    Working with Upscape to further increase their sales in the Canadian market, through developing targeted travel trade relationships and strategic media relations efforts

    Designing efforts to allow the small in-house team to effectively develop business and share their story without breaking the bank.

     
  • TreadRight Foundation

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    The TreadRight Foundation is a Geneva-based not-for-profit. Founded by The Travel Corporation family of travel brands, TreadRight is a joint initiative by Contiki Holidays, Trafalgar, Uniworld, Insight Vacations, Adventure World and the rest of The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. Through the aid of these key partners, TreadRight identifies and supports projects that encourage the sustainable development of tourism.

    Bannikin Travel & Tourism believes that sustainable tourism should be mainstream, though until this becomes a reality, Bannikin will continue to advocate for sustainable tourism practices. Bannikin team members Shannon & Zach work in an advisory capacity with TreadRight, selecting projects and integrating TreadRight marketing and communications activities into the participating brands.

    Results

    Rebranded TreadRight in 2012

    Re-launched the TR website, with a focus on messaging the TR story and the individual brand-led sustainable tourism projects

    Focused on effectively integrating project messaging into respective brand materials

    Continue to advise on new project selections & marketing campaigns

     
  • Celestyal Cruises

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    Cuba Cruise by Celestyal is a revolutionary cruise line offering a unique opportunity to experience Cuba’s history, landscapes, and culture in a comfortable and seamless travel environment. This is an all-inclusive that moves. Guests aboard Cuba Cruise spend their days experiencing the wealth of the region, endless beaches and a view beyond compare. From the impeccable service and delicious meals made with Canadian beef and fresh produce, to exceptional daily shore excursions using the best local guides and operators, this is a chance to experience a Cuba rarely seen.

    Results

    Targeted media relations and social media strategy & engagement

     

Past Clients

  • Destination BC

    Destination BC

    As an industry-led Crown corporation, Destination British Columbia works collaboratively with tourism stakeholders across the province to coordinate marketing at the international, provincial, regional and local levels.

     
  • Orillia

    Orillia

    The City of Orillia is a city of 30,586 people in the heart of Central Ontario on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe.

     
  • Grey County

    Grey County

    Situated two hours north of Toronto, Grey County offers beauty you can’t get in the city along with a lifestyle that is more relaxed and family oriented.

     
  • Quench Trip Design

    Quench Trip Design

    Quench Trip Design is a Toronto-based travel company providing trip design services to individuals and small groups. The Quench team works closely with clients from the outset, providing the ultimate in personalized trip planning services. Quench’s trip designers are seasoned and savvy travel professionals who use their own real-life experience and on the ground knowledge to create authentic and unforgettable travel experiences.

    Results

    In 2015, Bannikin developed a marketing support strategy to communicate Quench Trip Design’s brand story across social media platforms and increase awareness of the their unique approach. We are also implementing a strategy to help Quench communicate their unique brand propositions to the media while positioning them as experts in multi-generational family travel and groups, as well as sabbatical travel.

     
  • Ontario’s Southwest

    Ontario’s Southwest

    The Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC) is the provincially mandated Regional Tourism Organization, publicly branded as Ontario’s Southwest. SWOTC works with nine DMOs and tourism industry stakeholders across Southwestern Ontario to promote Ontario’s Southwest as a vibrant and prosperous tourism region.

    Results

    Developed content for www.swotc.ca to share with SWOTC industry partners, regarding best practices and approaches for operators to start packaging and itinerary development within their region. This provided tour operators with a set of guidelines by which to adhere to create appealing, market-ready itineraries for their region.

     
  • H+I Adventures

    H+I Adventures

    H+I Adventures specializes in mountain biking adventures that are a carefully crafted combination of physical challenges and cultural adventures. H+I Adventures carefully curates the route, the tracks, the accommodation, the food, and the flow of the day to ensure each day is memorable. Their guides are highly experienced and qualified mountain bike experts that guide guests through every stage of the journey, keeping the pace just right and teaching them to be a technically better rider.

    Results

    In 2015, Bannikin launched a targeted outreach program to North American soft adventure tour operators while also developing a Partner Guide to showcase H+I Adventures’ offering and value proposition. Additionally, Bannikin has assisted H+I Adventures in targeting media and developing strategic media relationships.

     
  • Wilderness North

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    Wilderness North is a Canadian company dedicated to providing guests with a pure and genuine outdoor adventure. The main goal is to deliver the best fly-in experience in the market, while also acting as stewards of the land, protecting it for future generations. Whether you are looking to explore the North in a single day adventure or on a multi-day trip, Wilderness North is the fly-in company for you. Combine your fishing experience with a cultural excursion to make your northern adventure just that much more enjoyable.

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    Results

    Marketing solutions and product development

     
  • PureQuest Adventures

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    PureQuest Adventures is a unique collection of DMCs focused on adventure travel in Bhutan, Nepal, India, China, Peru and Croatia, with plans to include more destinations in the near future. PureQuest was born of a desire to provide experiential tourism tour operators with a specific platform that showcases the value-addition of local talent and ideas. The collection specializes in all things adventure, including trekking, hiking, cycling, motorcycle tours, mountaineering, cultural discoveries, birdwatching, self-drive, surfing, volunteer, wildlife safaris, horseback riding, rafting, mounted safaris, overland journeys and special interest programs.

    Along with PureQuest’s destination expertise, their enthusiasm for product innovation and the maturity that comes from years of experience on the travel scene, means the PureQuest team can tailor the perfect adventure product for all their operator partners.

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    Results

    Comprehensive sales development and representation for the North American adventure travel market.

     
  • Colorado Tourism Office

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    Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavourful cuisine and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 11 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.

    Results

    Increased Destination Profile
    Managing Colorado’s Canadian Media Relations Strategy, We directly secured $3.5 million in annual Canadian media coverage. Substantial features established
    in Canada’s major Canadian outlets included the National Post, enRoute Magazine, Zoomer, and Explore Magazine.

     
  • Smiling Albino

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    Smiling Albino is a Bangkok – based team of travel enthusiasts offering custom tours in Asia that are the result of continuous travel, innovation and refinement. Trips combine multiple activities, charming venues, the finest regional cuisine and passionate hosts. Discover hidden corners, insider sights and unique local characters.

     
  • Wild Women Expeditions

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    Wild Women Expeditions is an all-women outdoor adventure company operating across Canada and throughout the world. Now celebrating its 22nd Anniversary, Wild Women offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures, including canoe and kayak trips, multi-sport adventures, hiking trips and yoga retreats for individuals and groups.

    Results

    Advising on a multi-year growth strategy

    Developing WWE’s 25th Anniversary marketing strategy

     
  • Mountain Taxi

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    Mountain Taxi was established more than 16 years ago as one of Iceland’s first adventure tour companies. Through their capacity as a full service DMC, they organise and deliver luxury, multi-day tours throughout the country, via Super Jeep.

    In 2011, Bannikin supported Mountain Taxi through a complete re-branding, including a website redesign. We followed this up with a marketing & media relations campaign complete with a press trip planned to feature Icelandic travel in the off-season for winter 2012.

    Results

    Launched a dynamic, keyword rich website that showcases the beauty of Iceland and Mountain Taxi’s time-tested tours, within a short time frame and limited budget

    Launched a strategic newsletter campaign, geared at driving more direct bookings in from Europe and North America

    Generated buzz through creative social media and media relations campaigns

     
  • Belcampo Belize

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    Belcampo Belize is a luxurious 12-room hotel, a 3000-acre farm, planned Agritourism centre, and a 15,000-acre rainforest reserve. Located in Belize’s Toledo District, the Lodge and Farms are at the heart of the watershed of one of nature’s most spectacular marine environments. Belcampo is proud to play a part in the conservation of the marine life of the Belizian reef through sustainable agricultural management and conservation of intact rainforest ecosystems.

    Results

    Targeted media relations strategy & outreach

     
  • Sol Fitness Adventures

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    Sol Fitness Adventures is the go-to source for both adventure travel preparation and exclusive outdoor fitness trips near Zion National Park and Sundance Resort. Sol trains outdoor athletes, adventurous travellers, and those who want to become such. Included in Outside’s Top 10 Trips in or near a National Park, Sol’s backpacking expeditions combine the best in luxury and outdoor fitness.

    Results

    Launched informative newsletter campaign, generating new leads and engaging existing leads

    Developed strategic marketing and communications plan so the small team can effectively market and communicate in-house on a modest budget

    Fine-tuned existing media relations efforts to a manageable degree.