Tourism in the United States is set to reach above pre-pandemic levels in 2022, and tour operator Intrepid is ready to meet the demand of travelers with 38 new exciting trips added to their existing U.S. portfolio.
This post will look at the new trip offerings for 2022 and how they may appeal to travelers looking for more unique and impactful travel experiences.
Intrepid Launching New Trips In The U.S.
Intrepid, a small group adventure travel company offering more than 1,000 tours worldwide, is expanding its portfolio across the U.S.
They are calling the new trips its “most robust offering” in the country since its launch over 30 years ago.
The launch will triple its existing offering in the U.S. to a total of 57 rips across 28 states that offer a mix of activities from cycling, multi-active, culinary, and general sightseeing adventures designed to appeal to both domestic and international travelers.
Trips will range from anything from tracing the countries music history from Elvis Presley’s home in Graceland and Sun Studio in Memphis to exploring the landscapes of South Dakota and Montana on a parks explorer trips or a 6-day ranch stay in Utah’s Zion National Park.
“We’re designing this product to show Americans America,” said James Thornton, chief executive of Intrepid Trave, to Travel and Leisure. “Naturally because Intrepid is a very global company… no doubt the trips will also appeal to customers from Australia [and] the U.K.”
The new trips are a mix of active outdoor adventures along with culinary and sightseeing-focused itineraries.
“Intrepid has always been known for active [trips]… cycling, getting under the skin of the destination,” he said, adding many people have been cooped up for the better part of two years and are itching to get outdoors. “I think it’s something we were seeing pre-COVID and it’s been accentuated by COVID.”
Trips Will Be Focused On Sustainable And Unique Travel Experiences
Intrepid says the new offerings will be focused on sustainable and unique travel experiences.
“We’ve thought for a long time about the unique role Intrepid can play in the United States,” said Thorton.
“We felt compelled to not only offer sustainable and unique travel experiences for both domestic and international travelers, but to also ensure we use the power of tourism as a force for good.”
“We created these itineraries to showcase the United States through a more authentic and diverse lens.”
“While they will offer travelers the chance to see the country’s most iconic sites and cities, they also celebrate the lesser-known places, communities, and highlights that make up the rich fabric of America.”
Thorton added that COVID has changed travel habits over the last couple of years and that travelers are now more conscious about the trips they book.
“COVID has changed the way in which many of us are traveling,” he said, adding people are increasingly traveling domestically and “conscious around their carbon miles and carbon dollars.”
Reservations Have Almost Reached 2019 Levels
Thornton said reservations have started to reach 2019 levels in the U.S., which he called “a very encouraging sign that Americans are keen to get out and explore.”
Thornton said the United States will play a big part in Intrepid’s future growth.
The company has built and launched its own dedicated American operations hub this year to increase its capacity and incorporate the highest sustainable and responsible measures. This will allow it to build more meaningful and impactful relationships with its suppliers.
For example, when creating the itineraries for its South Dakota trips, Intrepid made sure to acknowledge the sensitivities of certain tourist attractions in relation to the Indigenous experience.
The new trips will launch in April 2022, and Intrepid requires all travelers 18 and older to be fully vaccinated to join a trip.
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