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November 13, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Intrepid Group tour operators Adventure Tours Australia (ATA) and Intrepid Travel have both won top awards around the world:

  • Adventure Tours Australia wins Best Tour Company in Australia at the TNT Golden Backpack Awards
  • Intrepid Travel wins Thailand Green Excellence Award for Maritime, Nature & Heritage Tourism
  • Intrepid Travel was Highly Commended for Child Protection at the World Responsible Tourism Awards

Adventure Tours Australia won the Best Tour Company in Australia award at the 2013 TNT Golden Backpack Awardsceremony held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s grand ballroom. The award was a result of over 94,000 votes from 23,000 individual voters across all categories, as backpackers supported their favourite hostels and tours in every state and territory in Australia and New Zealand. It was presented on Friday 8 November.

“We are absolutely thrilled to win the Best Tour Company award,” said Jacquie Burnside, ATA Managing Director. “It is a testament to the dedication and passion of our team across the country, who continue to deliver amazing experiences in Australia.”

Intrepid Travel was awarded the Thailand Green Excellence Award for Maritime, Nature & Heritage Tourism on November 4, in recognition of the sustainable way that it operates its tours. HRH Princess Ubolratana Mahidol of Thailand presented the award to Carl Needham, General Manager of Intrepid Thailand, at a ceremony held at World Travel Market in London.

The award judges called Intrepid’s commitment to sustainability “outstanding” and praised the company for supporting local businesses, providing employment for local people, supporting local NGOs including Friends of the Asian Elephant through Intrepid’s charitable foundation, operating on a carbon neutral basis, and other initiatives such as providing passengers with reusable canvas bags made by a women’s cooperative in a village in north-eastern Thailand.

Intrepid Travel began by operating a single tour of Thailand, but today it offers almost 70 different tours in Thailand and more than 1000 tours around the world. The company helps travellers to experience the best nature, marine and heritage tourism that Thailand has to offer, and the tours are designed to experience local culture, including staying at locally-owned accommodation and homestays, taking all manner of local transport, and eating where local people eat.

Intrepid Travel was Highly Commended for Child Protection at the prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards on Wednesday 6 November. Intrepid Travel has been proactive on child protection issues for more than 20 years, working with expert organisations such as Child Wise, Friends-International, World Vision, and Plan. The company trains tour leaders to identify and report abuse, educates travellers to make informed choices, ensures their supply chain and recruitment policies include child protection measures, advocates on child protection issues within the tourism industry and beyond, and raises funds to support NGOs that protect and support vulnerable children.

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