Intrepid Travel Recognized Globally for Sustainable Tourism

4 March 2011

One of three businesses worldwide to be short-listed for World Travel & Tourism Council awards

Steven Larkin, president/North America for Intrepid Travel, is pleased to announce that the company is one of three businesses worldwide which have been shortlisted in the Global Tourism Business category at the forthcoming World Travel & Tourism Council awards, to take place in May.

To qualify, entrants in the category must be international companies with over 500 employees and must demonstrate corporate success with sustainable principles and practices. Intrepid is the only tour operator to be short listed.

“In the almost 22 years since Intrepid Travel was founded in Australia, we’ve seen global attitudes to sustainability change dramatically,” says Larkin. “From being perceived as quirky and offbeat, sustainable tour operators like Intrepid are seeing the demand grow exponentially thanks to travellers who share our commitment to small-scale travel.”

Intrepid staffers carry out a raft of sustainable initiatives, from hiring locally and using public transport where possible, to encouraging the purchase of locally-made souvenirs and using small, locally-owned restaurants and accommodation. The company currently operates over 1,000 itineraries to 120 countries in all seven continents, with an average group size of 10.

Intrepid also operates the Intrepid Foundation (, supporting over 40 causes worldwide, from Braille without Borders in Thailand to the Amani Children’s Home in Tanzania. Intrepid pays for all fund administration and matches every donation dollar for dollar.

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