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Peregrine celebrates 20 years since pioneering local leaders for the travel industry

March 3, 2014 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Passang-NepalTwenty years ago, Peregrine Adventures made a then ground-breaking decision to exclusively employ local tour guides, leading the way in the travel industry internationally.

The 36 year old Australian travel company is now marking this milestone by recognising the local leaders who have become the highlight for thousands of Peregrine travellers on their adventures.

To celebrate 20 years of local leaders, Peregrine Adventures have launched a campaign that offers the chance to win 20 trips over 20 days. Dorjee-Nepal

“Our leaders are the most important part of the Peregrine experience,” said Steve Wroe, Peregrine General Manager. “They’re at the heart of everything we do and we are excited to offer travellers an opportunity to become a part of the Peregrine story through this campaign.”

In the early years of the company, local guides assisted Peregrine’s western guides in leading trips but it soon became apparent that it was the locals who were sought-after by travellers for their insights.

“They’d have an auntie that had a noodle stall, or a cousin that owned a bar,” explains Wroe. “So we started giving them more authority in terms of leading and we took more of a back seat. We quickly discovered that they knew things we’d never know, so we made the decision to switch entirely to local leaders.”

After Peregrine made the decision to employ locally, many of the company’s competitors could see the benefits and followed suit.

Today, 230 local leaders in over 90 countries around the world provide Peregrine travellers with the most immersive and engaging Spokes - Botswana2travel experiences possible. The feedback from travellers is that Peregrine’s local leaders are the highlight of any trip because they enable travellers to ‘live like a local’.

Not only does the Peregrine traveller benefit from a local approach, but it also provides a form of income and employment for local people.

“By employing locals, we help build important skills within the communities,” Wroe explains. “Tourism is a fundamental source of income for people in a lot of the places we visit, so we invest a hell of a lot in leader training. Every year, we run extensive courses for our leaders, which as well as giving us the best leaders in the world, also imparts a lot of useful and lasting skills.”

“One of stories I am most proud of is of Dorjee, who was an assistant guide on Peregrine’s very first trip in Nepal. Now, Dorjee owns a lodge in the Everest area and is part-owner of Peregrine’s local operation in Kathmandu”.

It is the pride and passion that the locals have for their home country that continues to reinforce the decision to employ local leaders.

“Our leaders lived through the changes in their countries – the good and the bad – and they can offer first-hand insight,” said Wroe. “They’re talking about social, political and economic issues from experience and they’re talking about places they grew up in. They’re not reading it from a book.”

To celebrate 20 years of local leaders, Peregrine is offering the chance to win 20 trips over 20 days throughout March. All entrants will receive 10% off all trips (excluding polar, groups, extensions and Reserve) for bookings in March with departure before 15 December 2014. Visit www.peregrineadventures.com/travel-competition for more information and to enter.

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