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Move Over Venice, Intrepid Sets Sights On European ‘Not Hot’ Spots In 2018

September 28, 2017 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

To coincide with World Tourism Day today, Intrepid Travel has released its inaugural ‘Not Hot Travel List’ along with their 2018 Europe brochure, in response to overtourism issues across Europe. The responsible travel specialists are offering travellers a unique bucket-list of brand new and less-trodden destinations, to help combat the escalating issue of overtourism in parts of Croatia, Iceland, Italy and Spain, and promote sustainable travel.

More than 799,916 tourists from 539 cruises visited the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Dubrovnik in 2016, a 13.5% increase on the previous year that has led to growing tensions among locals and tourists on the over-crowded streets. The situation is similar in cities like Barcelona and Venice, and numerous other tourist hot spots around the world.

Intrepid CEO James Thornton said the 2018 Not Hot Travel List was developed in response to concerns about overtourism and travellers desire to get away from the masses. A focus on less frequently visited destinations supports the adventure travel company’s ongoing commitment to responsible tourism.

“Europe is a favourite with Australian travellers, so we’re constantly on the look-out for new ways to explore the continent by adding unique itineraries and new destinations. Overtourism has become a real issue in many of the world’s most beautiful cities and it’s impacting the experience for locals and for travellers, so in 2018 we’re encouraging travellers to consider the alternatives, and look beyond the typical destinations,” Thornton said.

2018 Intrepid’s Not Hot Travel List:

  1. North Cyprus – instead of Croatia, bask in the warm hospitality, hunt for castles and monasteries and swim off the shimmering northern coastline of Cyprus.
  2. Calabria & Sicily – instead of Venice, discover Italy’s vibrant south, a hidden gem starring dramatic cliffside villages, clear waters and delicious seafood.
  3. Portugal & Azores – instead of Spain, experience the food and wine culture of Portugal, or go Island hopping and hike around Sao Jorge or Faial Islands in the Azores.
  4. Finland – instead of Iceland, explore Finnish Lapland in winter, home of the indigenous Sami people, it’s a magical Arctic wonderland of pristine peaks and snow-dusted woodlands.
  5. Moldova – instead of Tuscany, enjoy the largest quality wine collection in the world without the crowds
  6. Tatra Mountains – instead of the Alps, combine a traditional sleigh ride, village visits and traditional cooking in this winter wonderland

Cyprus_local man having coffee INTREPID

“Responsible travel is about making choices that benefit not only the tourists but also the local people, while respecting their cultures, economy and the environment too. The global tourism industry is growing rapidly, but not always sustainably. We need to work harder to tell travellers about lesser-known destinations that are just as worthy of your time. That’s why this World Tourism Day we’re introducing our new Europe trips with an alternative hot list,” said Thornton.

The new Europe brochure offers unique itineraries from Finland to Spain, Central Europe to Morocco and incorporates Intrepid’s first trip to Cyprus.

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