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Intrepid Travel ramps up the excitement ahead of a massive 2024

The adventure touring brand welcomed industry friends and partners to its Mega Adventure Summit in Melbourne yesterday.

The Intrepid Travel team at yesterday's Mega Adventure Summit in Melbourne.

Surrounded by around 200 of its top-selling travel advisors and partners, Intrepid Travel yesterday hosted its 2023 Mega Adventure Summit in Melbourne to celebrate an impactful year across both its touring and humanitarian divisions.

Attendees enjoyed updates from many of Intrepid’s partners, along with powerful stories about the work conducted by its supported charities around the world - some of whom have endured torrid times due to natural disasters and other events on the ground.

Some of the company’s energetic tour guides were on hand to regale tales of their experiences and professional journeys, detailing how some came from diametrically opposite career paths to find their professional calling leading travellers around the world.

Antarctica was a major theme of the day, with wildlife making it an easy sell.

After a stirring ‘Welcome to Country’, the room was entertained by the highly engaging ‘Griff’, so compared in his introduction to single-monikered luminaries of stage, screen and song such as Madonna, Cher and Oprah.

Through a variety of presentations, interviews and panel discussions, other topics covered in detail included the scourge of modern human slavery and Intrepid’s efforts working alongside Flight Centre to purify its supply chain through regular operational audits.

Intrepid also detailed its work combating the global plague of ‘overtourism’ by working to develop immersive new itineraries in lesser known destinations including Georgia, Panama and Pakistan.

While the company does market and sell tours to traditionally popular parts of the world in line with demand, particular effort is made to promote departures during shoulder seasons to minimise the impact on the destination.

The social issue of overtourism is becoming an evermore present threat.

Travellers are informed about daily visitor caps that more cities are imposing on their most popular attractions, along with conservation levies now being charged to protect monuments, artefacts and critical infrastructure.

For example, touring the Greek Islands in winter may seem unorthodox, but despite cooler conditions, travellers enjoy almost free rein of major attractions with crowds all but gone.

The day wrapped up with a comprehensive look at a massive year coming up for Intrepid in 2024, with hundreds of new itineraries to be introduced around the world, a huge boost in premium and luxury adventures and many new social itineraries aimed at young travellers looking for authentic cultural experiences over nightclubs and alcohol fuelled indulgence.

The Intrepid leadership, sales and partnership team was out in full force at the event and is pictured above.

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 17 October 2023

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