Intrepid Travel is to decarbonise its tours by amending itineraries with lower carbon outputs.

The decarbonisation plan, unveiled to coincide with Earth Day, will include removing flights of 90 minutes or less from its top 50 itineraries by the end of 2022, where a feasible land or rail alternative exists.

Intrepid has replaced internal flights with high speed rail on the majority of its trips in China and continues to make similar changes elsewhere whenever possible.

The company is trialling electric vehicles for transfers in several destinations such as Jordan and Iran.


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More than 40 low-carbon alternative tours have been introduced in the past year, including new close to home adventures walking and cycling trips in the US, UK and Australia.

Chief executive James Thornton said: “While reducing our carbon footprint has been a priority of our company for years, decarbonisation is becoming increasingly central in our product design now.

“As an industry, we must look beyond offsetting, advocacy and administrative green practices to focus on where we can have the most positive impact – our trips.

“Since the pandemic began, we’ve been passionately talking about the need for the travel industry to rebuild itself more responsibly. Now, we’re taking action.”


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