Intrepid Travel Chair and Co-founder Makes Special Visit to Cambodia to Share Future Tourism Growth Plans

Darrell Wade highlights plans to focus further on responsible travel and economic growth of the region.

11th March 2024, Siem Reap, Cambodia – Darrell Wade, the Chair and Co-Founder of Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest adventure travel company and a leader in responsible tourism has made a special visit to Cambodia to highlight the growth plan of its business in the country.

As part of the company’s commitment to its global teams, Intrepid’s most senior leaders, who are based in Australia, are travelling to every one of the company’s 27 country offices this year to meet with Intrepid’s team and stakeholders with the aim to introduce the company’s 2030 Strategy. This will guide its business growth over the next six years.

Intrepid currently employs a 20 staff, 30 local trip leaders and operates 12 trips across the country. In 2023, it supported approximately 5,500 travellers to explore Cambodia in a conscious manner. In 2024, the organisation has ambitions to double this number to 10,000   will operate more than 700 group tours across the country.

Beyond Cambodia, the 2030 Strategy involves a global ambition to double its global customers to 600,000 (320,000 in 2023), achieve revenues of $1.3bn (AUD 621M in 2023) and contribute 1% of revenue to Purpose initiatives. It plans to deepen its vertical integration to expand into areas including accommodation and grow its presence in key countries, including Cambodia.

“Darrell’s visit is a demonstration of Intrepid Travel’s commitment to bringing more economic stimulus to Cambodia by way of supporting a flourishing tourism economy, the creation of viable career opportunities and supporting the local communities”, says Aye Mya Mya Soe, General Manager, Cambodia at Intrepid Travel.

One way that Intrepid supports local communities is via its not-for-profit, the Intrepid Foundation. This has raised more than $15.5M for communities around the world since 2002.

In Cambodia, the Intrepid Foundation works with the Cambodia Rural Student Trust (CRST) to help break the poverty cycle by educating and empowering the next generation in Cambodia.

Intrepid believes by growing its business, it can achieve more positive outcomes for local communities from tourism. As a certified B Corp, with the highest standard of social and environmental performance, this is a key priority for the business in Cambodia and around the world.   

About Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel is a world leader in sustainable experience-rich travel that has been taking travellers to discover the world's most amazing places for more than 30 years. The company’s mission is to create positive change through the joy of travel. The company offers more than 1,150 trips globally and every trip is designed to truly experience local culture. With its own network of destination management companies in 27 countries, Intrepid has unique local expertise and perspectives. Globally renowned as a leader in responsible travel, in 2018 the carbon-neutral business became the world’s largest travel company to be certified B-Corp. Intrepid Travel is also the first tour operator with near-term science-based climate targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative. For more information download the company’s 2022 Annual Report and follow Intrepid on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok or LinkedIn

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