Venture Holidays to market Explore Worldwide
One of the world’s biggest and best known adventure travel operators, Explore Worldwide, has turned to Adelaide-based Venture Holidays to market its holidays in Australia.
Venture will take up the role of Australian sales representative on Thursday April 1.
In Sydney today, Explore managing director Ashley Toft, who began with Explore as a tour leader, said that the adventurous and informal nature of Explore tours, the small group format and the fact that you travel with other like-minded people from around the world, really suits the market here. And we’d love to see more Aussies on tour!”
Venture Holidays managing director, Robert Mackay said, “When it comes to getting off the traditional tourist track it’s impossible to beat them.”
Explore’s 2010 programme features more than 450 itineraries in 120 countries. The groups average 12-16 people and all are led by expert tour leaders, renowned as the best in the industry. 75% are local leaders from the country in which you are travelling, and all are trained directly by Explore staff.
Using locally owned accommodation and a variety of transport types to suit the terrain, helps you get a real feel for a place and its people, customs and culture.
Whilst many of the tours featured on Explore’s website and in the brochure (often known as the ‘Bible of Adventure Travel’) are in well-known destinations such as Thailand, Kenya, Egypt or Peru, the company is renowned for operating in some of the world’s most remote destinations, such as the voodoo villages of Benin and Togo, the jungles of Venezuela, the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, and even North Korea.
Mr Mackay added, “Age is not an issue as all the trips are within the capabilities of people who enjoy good health and are reasonably active. About half are couples or friends travelling together, and the remainder travel solo.
“Importantly, there are no single supplements for those willing to share a room: it’s the same price for one person as it is for people travelling with friends, family or their partners. However, for those that would like to pay extra for a single room, the option is available on about 90% of the tours.”
As well as the small group tours, Explore also offers FIT options throughout the world for those that love the adventurous nature of their tours, but would prefer to travel independently.