News

Former no-go zones attract adventure travellers

Destinations once considered “no-go zones” are seeing a spike in popularity, according to Intrepid Travel, Peregrine Adventures and Geckos Adventures.

Places once thought of as dangerous such as Iran, Colombia, Central America and West Africa, are shedding their bad reputations resulting in a surge in sales in recent years.

For example, Peregrine has 84 travellers booked for Iran itineraries in 2014 compared with 49 in 2013.

“Relations between Iran and the West have softened dramatically, which would explain why a trickle of Western travellers has now grown into an ever-widening torrent,” Intrepid Group Middle East destination manager Pete Miers said.

Central America has reported a 32% and 49% growth for Intrepid and Peregrine trips respectively year on year. Colombia has also peformed well with Intrepid developing three new itineraries in the destination this year.

Meanwhile, Peregrine has added an itinerary through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, along with a new Expedition Algeria tour.

“Algeria has been off the map for mainstream tourists for 20 years or so, after a civil war during the 1990s rendered it off-limits,” Miers said.

“Now, the majority of the country is quite safe to return to and presents a chance for even the most-travelled to get in early and see a country that has not experienced huge tourist developments and commercialisation neighbouring countries have undergone”.

With seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, the destination has the potential to become the "next Sri Lanka or Burma", according to Miers.

“We are aiming to demystify some of the associations these countries have with being unsafe because they are immensely rewarding for travellers who want a true off-the-tourist-map experience,” he said.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Comments are closed.

News

SA and NSW hospitality sector call for easing of COVID restrictions

The hospo sector is looking to party at full capacity and who can blame them, it’s been nearly two years since the staff at Travel Weekly were crowded in a sweaty nightclub at 2am mentally preparing for the next day’s debilitating hangover.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Swan Hellenic cruise ship helps rescue researchers in Antarctica

The British cruise company has ventured into the rescue game with this heroic act and rumour has it they’re now considering hiring the team that saved the Thai boys soccer team in 2018.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“The measures have not worked”: IATA urges governments to remove all travel barriers

The association has called for an end to the nearly two-year reign of restrictions that have all but crushed the travel industry, including eliminating quarantine restrictions for non-vaccinated travellers.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

World’s first Winery Airline to launch with free seats for struggling tourism workers

Fancy flying with an airline where getting sloshed is encouraged, rather than frowned upon? These Kiwi masterminds have got just the ticket.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

AGENT GUIDE: How to carryout a sustainability audit on your travel products

by Emily Fletcher

Want to reassure your clients that their trip won’t cost the planet? Here’s how you can put their minds at ease.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Aussies encouraged to ‘Feel new, renew yourself’ in new collab between RedBalloon and DNSW

If all goes to plan, this new campaign will get Aussies keen to pump some much-needed funds into the domestic tourism market.

Share

CommentComments

News

Loophole discovered in WA quarantine requirements for international arrivals

Travellers looking to avoid hotel quarantine in Western Australia can now sneak in round the back. But why would you? Who doesn’t love the little shampoos and soaps they give you?

Share

CommentComments

News

Britain scraps all COVID travel tests for UK entry

Travellers to the UK will no longer be greeted with a PCR test shoved up their nose, just the usual array of commotion and disarray that we all miss about travelling.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

BREAKING: Intrepid grows US tours by 400 per cent with new acquisition

The tour operator has been busy using its downtime to accelerate investment in this massively popular sector.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Travel Agents

Travel agents’ national day of action highlights cruise industry struggle

Travel agents took to the streets earlier this week, just like they did in the ’60s but with far less groovy outfits, little to no Jimi Hendrix music, and not a ‘jazz cigarette’ in sight.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid employees given choice to work on public holiday, Natalie Kidd explains why

As many Australian’s took to the streets yesterday, in both protest and celebration, a few companies chose a different approach: business as usual. Here’s why.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Spritz of Australia: Qantas gets its own signature cocktail

The national carrier now has a delicious spritz available on its overseas flights, just in case you’re looking for a new way to get hammered at 36,000 feet.

Share

CommentComments