Making sustainable travel a mainstay

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Travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has launched a range of sustainable tours

It has teamed up with group adventure travel company Intrepid Travel to offer the range – Lonely Planet Experiences – to meet traveller demand for more sustainable travel. This is Lonely Planet’s first foray into travel, and 200 day tours and 130 multi-day trips are available. They will be run by Intrepid’s Urban Adventures brand in 65 countries. The tours will be small, comprising fewer than 16 travellers, and will use local transport and support locally- owned businesses, while being completely carbon neutral.

The trips range from two hours to 22 days in duration and are available for tour operators to book now.

Lonely Planet Chief Executive Luis Cabrera said: “For over four decades, travellers have looked to Lonely Planet for trusted travel advice. Now, global explorers looking for the inside track can journey along with us on this new range of tours. This is an exciting innovation and evolution for the Lonely Planet brand.”

He said that both Lonely Planet and Intrepid share an unmatched passion for travel and a genuine commitment to responsible travel: “We’re proud to combine our expertise to deliver amazing adventures for like-minded travellers around the world.”

Intrepid’s Chief Executive James Thornton also commented on the partnership: “These experiences combine our expertise to create a new tour range that will support local communities, protect our natural environment and ensure travellers see the world in a responsible and sustainable way.

“Lonely Planet helped pioneer access to more authentic and grassroots experiences for independent travellers. That’s why we’re thrilled to be part of the next phase of their growth and helping to make sustainable experience-rich travel a mainstay for travellers everywhere.”