As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, Intrepid took 30 agents on three trips to Asia.
The tour operator invited 30 travel agents on three different Asia fam trips visiting Bali, Thailand and Cambodia.
The group was split into three, with 10 agents hosted in each destination, culminating in a party in Bangkok.
The agents were able to travel to some of the first destinations the operator ever launched, experiencing the brand’s sustainable and responsible ethos along the way.
Andrew Turner, head of industry sales EMEA at Intrepid Group, explains: “Each itinerary visited projects the Intrepid Foundation supports. In Siem Reap, for example, we visited a project called Rehash Trash that helps get local women into employment. They collect used plastic bags and crochet them into cool products such as handbags or rugs that can be purchased. The fam group also got to join in.”
Turner believes the operator’s responsible focus is a real USP for conscious travellers, with clients often staying in guesthouses, dining at family-owned restaurants and travelling by local transport wherever possible. He adds sustainability is becoming ever more important to clients.
“It’s key for agents to talk more about sustainability to their clients – more and more customers are in search of it, rather than price being a deciding factor when purchasing a holiday.”