Ker & Downey climbed from the #6 position in 2010 to rank #2 among Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters.

Houston, TX –  July 7, 2011 – The prestigious Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Ker & Downey #2 in their search for the World’s Best Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters in 2011.  Based on a perfect score of 100, Ker & Downey received an outstanding 96.85 from the combined scores of readers’ surveys taken from January to March of this year.  Tour Operators were judged on staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food and overall value.  Readers also rated Top Operators, Top Cities and Islands, as well as Top Hotels on differing criteria covering all aspects of quality service.

“We are once again absolutely honored to have won such an esteemed award from Travel + Leisure Magazine,” says David Marek, president of Ker & Downey.  “T+L has long been recognized as an industry standard for showcasing the best of the best in luxury travel and to be counted a world leader among such an audience validates the time and effort our staff have devoted to making each journey a life-changing experience for our clients.”

With this third consecutive World’s Best Award, Ker & Downey continues to prove its excellence in providing truly customized, luxurious and experiential travel to destinations all over the world. “The real heartbeat of Ker & Downey traveling lies in our dedication to signature, hand-crafted journeys,” says vice president David Jones.  Ker & Downey owes its prominent place on the list to a unique commitment to a flawless client experience. When crafting a Ker & Downey journey an array of destinations and properties are cherry-picked by the client, under the trusted guidance of expert travel professionals, to create the perfect itinerary for any traveler.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award accompanies several Ker & Downey accolades including the Best Adventure Travel Company award for Luxury Tour Operators by National Geographic Adventure.  Several of Ker & Downey’s itineraries have also won prestigious recognition including National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime awards for Uncovering Alexander’s Egypt: A Desert & Diving Expedition, Splendors of the Cape, Australian Dreamtime, and Namibia Explorer.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards were announced live on NBC’s Today Show. The lists will also appear in the August issue of the magazine and can be found online at www.travelandleisure.com.