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Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center agent wins international competition

Tuesday, November 18, 2014   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Contact: Mike Turner                          November 18, 2014                                  Office: 517-267-9800

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 Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center agent wins international competition sponsored by National Geographic Expeditions

Proposed itinerary for dream Costa Rica trip earns Tamara Olton the grand prize   

LANSING The eight months she spent living and working in Costa Rica are continuing to pay dividends for Tamara Olton, as her firsthand knowledge about the country allowed her to create the winning entry in the National Geographic Expeditions – Virtuoso Challenge.

Olton, a Traveline travel agent in the Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center at Capital Region International Airport, crafted an original dream itinerary for a National Geographic Private Expedition. Her entry now joins the upcoming lineup of National Geographic Private Expeditions, a new line of tours that will be offered in 2015 through National Geographic Expeditions and Virtuoso.

She also wins passage for two on any National Graphic Expedition in 2015, a value of up to $37,000, depending on the trip she chooses.

The contest was open to members of the worldwide Virtuoso network of travel agents, who were asked to create their own dream itinerary incorporating their travel expertise as well as special experiences that align with National Geographic’s core brand and mission.

“Tamara’s Costa Rica expedition does exactly that, offering unique wildlife and cultural encounters, exhilarating outdoor adventures, and opportunities to experience some of Costa Rica’s most remarkable resorts – including Pacuare Lodge, named one of the world’s top 25 eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveler,” National Geographic Expeditions said in announcing Olton as the contest winner.

In creating the 11-day itinerary, Olton said she drew on her experience working as a travel agent in Costa Rica from July 2013 to February 2014, when she joined the Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center staff.

“I am hopeful my itinerary will inspire travelers to explore this amazing country and experience for themselves all of the incredible things Costa Rica has to offer,” said Olton, who focused on tourism and conservation while earning a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Her trip highlights include staying in a remote eco-lodge that it is accessible only by whitewater rafting; witnessing the striking blue waters of the Rio Celeste, considered one of Costa Rica’s Seven Wonders; hiking in Corcovado National Park, an area once called “the most biologically intense area of the planet” by National Geographic; and discovering some of the most stunning species on the planet, including blue morpho butterflies, four species of monkeys, the reclusive quetzal bird and, seasonally, sea turtles nesting and whales calving.

About Capital Region International Airport and the Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center

Capital Region International Airport (LAN) is a regional airport serving mid-Michigan travelers. It is dedicated to making “Travel Simplified” for those who fly Lansing by providing a hassle-free and low-cost travel experience. Owned and operated by the Capital Regional Airport Authority, the facility is serviced by five airline carriers and offers direct flights to a number of U.S. hubs from Lansing. For flight reservations, departure and arrival information, airport maps, parking details and more, visit Like us on Facebook to be the first to know about deals and more at

The Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center is a full-service travel agency located within the airport terminal. Its knowledgeable agents are committed to helping travelers have the best trip possible. To begin booking your trip through the Concierge Travel Center, call 517-321-4688.


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