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January 15, 2013
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Myths and Mountains founder named top travel specialist

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Experiential tour operator Myths and Mountains is proud to announce that Founder and President Toni Neubauer has been recognized as Conde Nast Traveler's Top Travel Specialist for travel in Nepal in 2012.

This honor establishes Neubauer as not only the premiere travel specialist for the country of Nepal, but as one of the top travel professionals on the planet. This is Dr. Neubauer's third time to receive this prestigious honor.

"Nepal is truly a second home for me - a place with friends I have known in some cases for 30 years," said Toni Neubauer. "To be recognized as a specialist is an honor for me and Myths and Mountains, but also a credit to the many 'gurus' in this very special country, who have taught me about their culture and language and shared their homes and lives."

Neubauer has spent much of the last 30 years traveling all over Nepal, speaks the language fluently, and has handled and coordinated events in Nepal ranging from documentaries to weddings. Her experiences there inspired her to found Rural Education and Development (READ Global) in Nepal in 1991 as the nonprofit arm of Myths and Mountains.

Now an independent 501(c)3 organization based in San Francisco, READ builds Community Library Resource Centers, seeds local businesses to fully sustain and support the centers, and links them with organizations providing literacy, health/HIV, microcredit, women's empowerment and other needed services in rural communities across Nepal, Bhutan and India.

The organization has built approximately 50 centers in Nepal, serving more than a million people.

Conde Nast Traveler's annual Top Travel Specialists Collection recognizes the 150 most prolific travel specialists and booking agents in the business today, as judged by the editors of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. The 150 travel specialists are each recognized for their field of specialization. The feature can be found online in the December 2012 print edition of the magazine. The Top Travel Specialists Collection is spearheaded by Conde Nast Traveler's Director of Consumer News and Digital Community, Wendy Perrin.

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