Intrepid Travel’s first tour in Australia since March 2020 has showcased how the company will run its tours in the age of coronavirus.
A small group from Queensland and South Australia this week departed from Cairns on Intrepid’s newly launched product range called Intrepid Retreats in which groups immerse themselves in one location.
Intrepid said these retreats celebrate ‘slow travel’ and allow adventurers to engage with the surrounding communities away from the crowds and in a more controlled setting.
The Daintree Retreat tours operate under Intrepid’s new Safe Travels health protocols, developed in partnership with the WTTC.
All travellers will complete a health screening at the start of the trip and the group will be accompanied by a local leader who has received specific Covid-19 training, which covers hygiene, sanitation, physical distancing, PPE as well as supplier monitoring.
Intrepid said it hopes these trips will serve as “a source of hope and inspiration for the industry after several months without travel”.
In reassuring travellers that it is doing all it can to provide a safe and healthy environment for its clients, Intrepid is among tour companies and travel destinations which are putting health and safety front and centre of their marketing.
A global study of CNN consumers' travel perceptions found that for more than two-thirds of global respondents, safety and security was of greatest concern when choosing an international travel destination.
The survey of travellers from 70 countries found cost would rank second to health and safety when planning future travel.
The CNN survey backed up an earlier study by Travelport which found the top requirement among 5,000 air travellers polled was for enhanced cleaning programmes to be implemented.
Some 71% of respondents said this was a 'very important’ factor that would influence whether they would be happy to travel. This applies to airlines between and during flights as well as at airports, hotels and car rentals.