Ask Me Anything with Intrepid Travel CEO James Thornton

At last week’s Arival Virtual Summit Asia Pacific, we discussed transparency, sustainability, and preserving through adversity with the leader of one of the world’s largest tour operators.
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James Thornton, CEO, Intrepid Travel

As the pandemic forced a global travel lockdown this spring, Intrepid Travel, one of the world’s largest operators of multi-day and day-tour brands, had to repatriate more than 3,000 guests and process some 35,000 cancellations. Despite the hardship, the company is as focused as ever on its mission to advance responsible travel. 

In this candid interview with the group CEO, we discussed how Intrepid is managing through the crisis, planning for the future, how they expect tours and experiences will change, and how transparent communication helped sway many of their customers to accept a credit to future travel rather than a request a refund. 

Watch the 15-minute Ask Me Anything with Intrepid Travel CEO James Thornton video here. Read more from James Thornton how getting ready for the new normal, and access Intrepid Travel’s guide to decarbonizing your travel business.

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Arival 360, October 26 – November 5, is a series of four one-day virtual events featuring exclusive insights on current trends and best practices, insights from leading operators, the new opportunities and challenges for online travel agencies, the role of technology providers and destinations across the globe on the challenges we all face – and the decisions we must take – to navigate the many paths to revival.

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