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Intrepid Travel has come a long way since its beginnings in 1989. From two university friends, a typewriter and a kitchen desk, it is now a proud member of PEAK Adventure Travel Group Limited, taking over 100,000 travellers every year.
Intrepid Travel is part of PEAK’s Intrepid Group of companies, alongside leading small group adventure companies Peregrine, Geckos, Peregrine Reserve, Adventure Tours and The Adventure Company.
Despite growing into a global business with over 1,000 staff based all over the world and over 800 different trips across every continent, we’ve remained devoted to the same grassroots values and responsible travel philosophies that we had at the very beginning.
On every trip we operate and in every interaction we have with a client, supplier or local, we live our core values everyday:
• Integrity – Doing the right thing
• Responsible – Think global, act local
• Growth – Stakeholders in our own success
• Innovation – Thriving on new ideas and embracing change
• Fun – It’s engrained into who we are and what we do
• Passion – We are inspired by the work we do and the trips we offer
Our travellers have three styles of tour to choose from: Basix, Original and Comfort. Each has a different level of inclusions and accommodation, but all have unforgettable real life experiences as part of the package. Travellers can also choose themed trips, such as Family, Sailing or Food, to suit their interests.
Our group size has an average of just ten travellers, which allows us to get off the beaten track, use local accommodation and transport, and really get to know the culture. It also ensures we are contributing to the local economy; by choosing local suppliers we were able to keep AUD 60 million in local economies in 2012. We’re also working hard to reduce our carbon footprint and were the first in our sector to introduce carbon offset trips. This, along with our many corporate sustainability activities, has meant we’re one of the travel industry’s leaders in responsible travel.
Don’t take our word for it, here some awards we’ve managed to win along the way:
Thailand Green Award at ITB in Berlin
The princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand presented the Thailand Green Award 2013 in the category “Large tour Operators” to Barbara Glanz, GM Intrepid Travel Central Europe, during ITB in Berlin. Since 2006, Intrepid Thailand travellers each receive a special shoulder bag, emblazoned with the call to action “Say No to Plastic” in Thai and English. The bags are produced by a women’s cooperative, Tae Moh Hai. The project aims to create work and income for local families and also to motivate people to understand the importance of conserving the environment.
Winner, Preservation Category, Conde Nast Traveler World Saver Awards, 2012
In a ceremony in New York City, Intrepid was presented with the award for the Preservation category of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler World Saver Awards. Our far-reaching commitment to carbon management and low impact travel attracted the nod from the judges.
The Preservation category is awarded to a travel company for, ‘Championing heritage, greening the planet’.
Most Amazing Tour in Africa, Tour Radar, 2012
Our 8 day ‘Serengeti Trail’ trip has been crowned as Tour Radar’s ‘Most Amazing Tour in Africa’. The Serengeti Trail was competing against 8,500 trips from over 120 other tour operators. The winning trips were determined by the amount of user engagement across Tour Radar’s Facebook apps.
Winner, Travel - Tourism company, Green Lifestyle Awards 2012
In keeping with Green Lifestyle’s reputation for knowledge and expertise in the green field within Australia, the Green Lifestyle Awards give recognition to the companies, products and people within the industry who are leading the way by taking admirable measures to strive toward a cleaner and green living environment.
Highly Commended, Best Low Carbon Initiative, Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Awards 2011
The Responsible Tourism Awards are organised by responsibletravel.com, with support from media partners Metro, Geographical Magazine (the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society) and World Travel Market, where the awards are presented. The judging process is designed and organised in partnership with the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, and Virgin Holidays have supported the awards as headline sponsor since 2007. The Best Carbon Initiative Award recognises an organisation or programme with a replicable and inspiring approach to reducing the carbon intensity of travel.
Winner, Top 10 Small Business Facebook Pages, Social Media Examiner
Social Media Examiner, the world’s largest online social media magazine, is designed to help businesses discover how to best use social media tools like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn to connect with customers, generate more brand awareness and increase sales. Annually, a panel of Facebook experts carefully review the nominees and finalists for Social Media Examiner's Top 10 Small Business Facebook Pages, analyzing their landing pages, engagement, reader involvement and creative use of promotions.
'Sumatran Highlights', 2011 50 Tours of a Lifetime, National Geographic Traveler
Intrepid's 15-day Sumatran Highlights tour in Indonesia was awarded a place in National Geographic Traveler's 2011 50 Tours of a Lifetime list. National Geographic Traveler is the world’s most widely read travel magazine, with more than 7.5 million readers. Its readers love to travel, with the highest passport ownership, the most international and domestic trips, and the most outdoor-recreation spending of any travel title.
Winner, Global Tourism Business Award, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
Intrepid Travel in Australia won the Global Tourism Business Award for having demonstrated best practices in sustainable tourism at a large company level. Intrepid Travel is a group experiential tour operator that takes approximately 100,000 travellers to 130 countries each year.