Intrepid Group is suspending all tours under its Intrepid Travel and Peregrine Adventures brands globally.

The tour operator is stopping tours from Monday, March 16, until April 30.  The only exception is Intrepid’s Australian tours, which are currently due to go ahead as planned, said the company.

Customers booked to travel with either of the brands during this period will receive a credit valued at 110% of the booking value, valid for two years.

Tours that are currently operating will continue until April 3 but any customers who opt to leave early will receive a credit for the remainder of their itinerary.

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Chief executive James Thornton said the decision was a result of increasing numbers of national and international travel restrictions announced in the last 48 hours.

He said: “The rapid spread of coronavirus and subsequent travel shutdowns has created a situation which is unlike anything that Intrepid has seen in our 31 years in business. We have now made the difficult decision to pause our global operations until the end of April.

“The health and well being of our customers, our people, and the local communities that we visit is our priority. As a responsible travel company, we look forward to resuming trips when we can once again operate trips that benefit both our travellers and the people they visit along the way.”