Traveller by traveller, destination by destination, Intrepid’s vision is to change the way people see the world.
We do this by offering an immersive style of adventure travel which benefits both our travellers and the people and places they visit.
Today, we provide the world’s widest range of adventure tours – or sustainable experience-rich travel, as we prefer to call it.
We’re made up of three tour operator brands, more than 25 destination management companies, and a not-for-profit foundation. Globally, in 2019 we had more than 2,400 staff and leaders in 40+ offices around the globe.
Our common thread? We’re all passionate about using local knowledge to take our travellers off-the-beaten-track. For us, it’s all about delivering the most authentic experience possible.
Intrepid has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1989; when the company’s founders created a style of travel that could benefit both travellers, and the places and people they visit.
Australians Darrell Wade and Geoff (Manch) Manchester were determined to make responsible, off-the-beaten-track adventures the new way to travel. No matter that their only aides were a typewriter, a kitchen table, and their passion for expeditionary trips.
Their belief that travel had the power to make a real difference was their driving force even back then. In fact, their first business plan included donations to communities before Intrepid was making any money.
All those years ago, we could never have known the business would grow into the world’s largest provider of sustainable experience-rich travel; with three tour operator brands, more than 25 destination management companies, a not-for-profit foundation and 2,400+ global staff and leaders in 2019.
Intrepid was founded to create a style of travel that could benefit both travellers and the places and people they visit. Almost 30 years later, this is still integral to who we are and what we do.
It defines how we do business – where our key decision-making is guided by balancing purpose and profit. The good news is, the two are a package deal. As we’ve grown into the world’s largest adventure travel company, we’ve learned the more we grow, the bigger the difference we can make in the world.
That’s why our 2025 strategy is to grow with purpose. This means more than ‘doing no harm’ to the places we explore. It’s about using sustainable experience-rich travel to support and empower these destinations and their people to thrive.
It’s this commitment to creating genuine, long-term change that led us to pursue an integrated style of annual reporting. This sees us combine our financial results with our sustainability reporting, to provide full transparency around our business strategy and operations.
The Intrepid Foundation:
The Intrepid Foundation is the Group’s not-for-profit organisation. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed more than AU$10 million to more than 135 community organisations since 2002.
We do this through:
Enhancing job readiness: Providing skills training or vocational training initiatives (e.g. hospitality training)
Encouraging job rights: Supporting partners which promote the rights of women, youth (15+) and minorities
Job creation: Supporting and developing tourism experiences that create jobs and employment (e.g. community-based tourism)
By 2020, we aim to have helped create 250 new jobs, while supporting 1,000 individuals to be ‘job ready’ through skills training.
Thanks to our travellers, we’ve contributed more than AU $10 million to more than 135 community organisations since 2002.
In 2018, we celebrated becoming a certified B Corp, making us the largest in the travel sector globally.
More than just a logo, B Corp certification is a rigorous process, which recognises businesses that are a genuine force for good in the world.
In this way, the B Corp movement is redefining success in business, to pursue value for shareholders and stakeholders alike. This includes employees, communities, the environment, suppliers and customers – everything and everyone our businesses touch.
We’re not perfect. And this certification provides us with a road map for how we can be better. It’s not only about meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency today. It’s about striving to increase the positive impact we have on our planet, our people and the local communities we visit in future – with a benchmark of the best in the world.