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Conde Nast Travel Specialist Award - 2003 & 2004 for Falkland Islands
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Michele Shelburne, Inca Throne, Cuzco, Peru
Inca Throne, IntiRaymi,
Cuzco, Peru

Michele Shelburne


Phone ext: #8405
Direct line 800-405-8405

e-mail: mds@ladatco.com

Michele started with LADATCO in September 1969 in sales and worked her way through sales to Supervisor, Manager, Office Manager and Vice President to President.

An accomplished destination speaker, Michele has given educational destination presentations to more than ten thousand travel agents in the USA, Australia and New Zealand in such exotic sites as the Poodle Room at the Fontainbleau Hilton Miami Beach, the Ballroom at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, on the M/V Santa Cruz cruising the Galapagos Islands, while transiting the Panama Canal, in two mile high Quito, Ecuador and most recently at the Ariau Treetop Jungle Hotel near Manaus, Brasil, deep in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest.

She was the first woman and only the third recipient of the Oscar Lobo Award, presented by SATA in recognition of dedication to promoting South and Central America.

She was selected in 1997, 1998, and 1999  by Travel Agent Magazine for inclusion in the 200 Most Powerful Women in Travel issue, and in 2000, 2001, 2002  and 2003 for inclusion in "The Most Powerful Women in Travel".

Michele has traveled throughout the Central and South America and to the Falkland Islands. In her own words: "The more remote, the more pristine, the more I love it."

Some of her more recent travels include:

Michele's duties at LADATCO focus on day-to-day sales for FITs and groups as well as program and destination development, web site design, construction and maintenance.

Through the years Michele has been taking her friends to various parts of Latin America. These group trips of "friends only" has been christened "Amigo Michele" by LADATCO's operators and have ranged in size from a small group of 6 to a group of 26. To date Amigo Michele groups have done Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, Peru-Bolivia, Brasil and Argentine-Chilean Patagonia and spent the Millennium at Machu Picchu. Amigo Michele has also done Bostwana and South Africa, and China.