now intrepid are the smart guys

darrell and geoffThe champagne corks are popping again because Intrepid Travel has received the top award for being Australia’s fastest-growing and most innovative company at the 2008 SmartCompany Awards.

Geoff Manchester, Intrepid Director and co-founder said, “This is a great honour and one that Darrell, my fellow co-founder and I will cherish, because it recognises the 20 years of hard work our employees and industry partners have put in to helping build Intrepid.”

“It is also great to be now called ‘Smart’ as that’s certainly not what the travel industry thought of us when we started selling small group adventure tours in 1989. At the time, we were more likely to hear the word, ‘crazy’ rather than smart!”

“Since then, we have grown to become one of the world’s leading small group adventure tour operators. We offer travellers over 450 itineraries in 95 countries worldwide and employ over 900 people. Thank you to SmartCompany for this honour and congratulations to our fellow winners. It’s great to be in such good company.”

The SmartCompany Awards recognise Australia’s smartest entrepreneurs who are changing the business landscape. The smart 50 were selected based on the last three financial years of revenue growth rates. Intrepid Travel was chosen out of over 200 entries by a panel of judges for the top award for demonstrating both innovative product service and fast growth.

Amanda Gome Founder and Publisher at SmartCompany said of Intrepid’s win, “There were a few contenders for this award but one stand out leader. Congratulations to the Intrepid Team.”

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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