Intrepid Travel’s new ‘Impact Initiatives’ continue the company’s focus on building a more equitable and sustainable future for travel. The new experiences span across 16 countries and include activities such as meals at local establishments supporting women, migrants and seniors, to immersive tours preserving Indigenous and ethnic minority legacies.
Intrepid Travel has announced it is adding 22 new ‘impact initiatives’ to its itineraries in 2022 – which the company defines as activities that directly support environmental or wildlife conservation, preserve Indigenous culture or support marginalised social groups – bulking up what it’s calling an already robust portfolio of sustainable and ethical experiences around the globe.
The majority of Intrepid Travel’s top trips already contain “impact initiatives,” with dozens having been added to the tour operator’s portfolio in the last year alone.
The addition of 22 more in 2022 is proof of the company’s ongoing commitment to operate trips that give back to both people and the planet.
“The tourism industry is at a pivotal moment with the gradual resumption of travel. Businesses such as ours have an exciting opportunity, not to mention a responsibility, to find more ways to contribute in a positive way to the places and people we visit,” said Erica Kritikides, Senior Product Manager at Intrepid Travel.
Recent research shows that travellers are increasingly wanting their travels to have a positive impact.
Booking.com’s 2021 Sustainable Travel Report revealed that 84% of travellers believe increasing cultural understanding and preservation of cultural heritage is crucial, and 69% of travellers will actively avoid popular destinations and attractions to ensure they are doing their part to disperse the positive benefits of travel to less frequently visited destinations and communities.
Intrepid Travel’s new ‘impact initiatives’ for 2022 include:
- Authentic experience at a teahouse in Morocco supporting local women
- Carbon neutral whale watching tour in Iceland
- Paper crafts class supporting the local deaf and mute community in Vietnam
- Treats at a generation-bridging café in Vienna
- Heritage tour in South Dakota empowering the Lakota community to preserve their legacy
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