Increased demand for personalised travel has led G Adventures to launch a new range of tailor-made travel solutions, called TailorMade. 11 destinations are available to book immediately.
In December 2018, G Adventures surveyed more than 450 travel agents globally* and 84% reported an increase in requests for tailor-made travel and private tours. 44% stated it as being ‘in high demand’ and 40% said demand had increased in the past year.
Bruce Poon Tip, founder, G Adventures, says there has been a distinct gap in the market for tailor-made travel solutions in adventure travel, specifically in the affordable and mid-market price ranges.
“The flexibility of TailorMade means travellers can combine experiential travel with customisation. While we’ve recognised an opportunity in the mid-range travel market, we’ll also be able to cater to higher-end tastes in transport, meals and accommodation.
“Most importantly, when booking a TailorMade trip all travellers are still booking what G Adventures is best known for, which is socially responsible travel. Our ‘G for Good’ social enterprise projects are available as an option to visit in all 11 launch destinations, and when travellers use our recommended suppliers their money stays in the local economy,” says Poon Tip.
The 11 launch destinations for TailorMade travel in 2019 are Botswana, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador (including Galapagos), India, Laos, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, with two or three sample itineraries available for each as inspiration for travellers making a TailorMade request.
Jeff Russill, senior vice president, marketing and product, G Adventures, says demand for customisation is being seen across many industries as consumers look to indulge in more one-of-a-kind experiences.
“G Adventures’ new TailorMade trips tap into the current zeitgeist and the public’s growing interest in being able to ‘choose your own adventure’, such as we’ve seen recently on the popular Netflix show, Black Mirror. Up until now, we have only been able to provide our private group adventure travellers with a duplicate of an existing G Adventures itinerary, departing on their chosen date. We’re excited to innovate in this space to bring customised adventure and experiential travel to more people,” says Russill.
G Adventures is in the process of expanding its sales team and assigning dedicated specialists who will work with travel agents and customers to design the ideal itinerary. Options will include bespoke transportation, accommodation, meals, activities, pace of travel and budget. Travellers can opt to select a sample itinerary and depart on their own date, amend a sample itinerary, or create a whole new itinerary with the help of their private travel consultant.
TailorMade tours are available for solo travellers or groups of nearly any size, and perfect for couples, families, friends, honeymooners, teams and affinity groups who enjoy G Adventures’ style of travel, but want to create an itinerary that caters to their unique needs.
Adventures celebrates International Women’s Day and welcomes four new ‘G For Good’ projects This International Women’s Day, Friday 8th March 2019, purpose-led adventure travel company and social enterprise, G Adventures, welcomes four new ‘G For Good’ projects, dedicated to supporting women and youth across Africa.
Joining the existing 70 G For Good projects supported by G Adventures and their non-profit partner, Planeterra, the new projects were selected based on the impact potential of G Adventures’ traveller market on communities in each of the destinations involved, and are a reflection of the increase in travellers seen by G Adventures across Africa over the past 12 months.
With 20 G For Good projects solely committed to empowering women, and 2,043 women having been employed or trained through G For Good projects around the world, Kelly Galaski, Director of Global Programmes for Planeterra, says the new projects will continue G Adventures’ mission to empower and support women and youth in the communities travellers visit.
“The tourism industry continues to be one of the largest job creators in the world, with the ability to reach some of the most rural and underserved people across the globe. But, despite 55% of the tourism workforce being made up of women, there is often a lack of women in leadership roles. And, in many countries, women are completely excluded from education and the formal economy because of their gender,” comments Galaski. “International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the work still to be done. We are committed to supporting projects, like these new initiatives in Africa, that empower and offer fair employment to women, because when women succeed, we all succeed.”
Amongst the 20 female-focused projects, G Adventures sees many women successfully overcoming social and gender inequality each year. In India, Women on Wheels, the country’s first fleet of female-only chauffeurs has trained and secured employment for over 650 women from resource-poor areas of urban India. In Monduli, Tanzania, a team of all-women engineers from the Maasai community have installed over 500 clean cookstoves and solar systems, offering safe cooking options to the Maasai areas across the Serengeti. Having opened in 2018, the Sthree Craft Shop and Cafe in Sri Lanka has served 2,400 meals to travellers in their first year, offering sustainable employment to women and youth with disabilities.
Tribal Textiles – Mfuwe, ZambiaDespite recent economic growth, which has generated employment in Zambia’s urban regions, opportunities for the country’s rural communities remain scarce. This new G For Good project works with Tribal Textiles, a community-run fabric workshop, café and hand-painted textiles shop located just outside of South Luangwa National Park, benefiting 1,500 community members, and deterring locals from turning to wildlife poaching in the nearby park as a source of income. With the shop staff made up solely of women and many of the Tribal Textiles management also female, the project is also one of the largest employers in the village of Mfuwe, employing more than 100 local people. Now, all G Adventures 18-to-Thirtysomethings trips travelling through Mfuwe stop at Tribal Textiles and travellers can learn how the textiles are made, enjoy lunch at The Courthouse Café onsite, which is run by local chef, Dorica, and her team, and have the opportunity to buy unique artisan souvenirs.
Lusumpuko Women’s Club – Victoria Falls, ZimbabweFollowing the inflation disaster in 2008, approximately 95% of the population in Zimbabwe is unemployed or partake in informal work. Despite the traditional gender disparity, many Zimbabwean women are taking matters into their own hands, forming cooperative groups to provide services like tailoring, catering and animal husbandry. The 20 ladies in the Lusumpuko Women’s Club began as a group of women rearing chickens and providing catering services for local churches and events. The new G For Good project welcomes 1,800 G Adventures travellers visiting Victoria Falls each year, and sees the women preparing a cooking demonstration of traditional meals, much like their grandmothers and mothers used to prepare. The demonstration is followed by a meal served farm-to-table with local, in-season ingredients. Rediscovering their cultural history, the project also has seen the women bonding as friends, creating a network of support and empowerment for the women and families of Lusumpuko.
Princess Sewing Cooperative – Victoria Falls, ZimbabweFaced by the same challenges as the Lusumpuko Women’s Club, the women at the Princess Cooperative were struggling to make an income that could support their families. Offering tailoring services in the township of Mkhosana near Victoria Falls, the women have been provided extensive business training by Planeterra, and now offer a mending and laundry service to all G Adventures travellers travelling through Victoria Falls. The income increase means the women can now afford to pay school fees for their children and many can continue with their own education, as many only attended primary levels of education.
AidChild’s Equation Café & Gallery – Kayabwe (Equator), UgandaWith approximately 130,000 children under the age of 14 living with HIV in Uganda, the need for support, medical care and education to help them live long, healthy lives is vital. Working with AidChild, this new G For Good project supports the non-profit’s mission to provide support, medical care and education to the children and youth living with HIV in Uganda. All G Adventures travellers passing through Uganda make a stop at AidChild’s Equation Café and Gallery, located at the equator line. Here, travellers will enjoy the paintings and crafts made by local artists, as well as a meal made with traditional Ugandan ingredients, but with a modern twist. A grant has also been provided to train the nine staff members working at the café and gallery.
*G Adventures’ Agent Panel consists of 1,800 agents worldwide who know G Adventures and have signed up to share their feedback.
Corporate Travel Management announces acquisition of Travel and Transport
Corporate Travel Management Limited (CTM) has agreed to acquire Travel and Transport, Inc. (T&T) including its Radius Travel business for US$200.4 million, creating one of the world’s leading global mid-market corporate travel managers, with combined CY19 global TTV of US$7.6 billion.Founded in 1946, T&T is a leading US travel management company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska…
Corporate Travel Management Limited (CTM) has agreed to acquire Travel and Transport, Inc. (T&T) including its Radius Travel business for US$200.4 million, creating one of the world’s leading global mid-market corporate travel managers, with combined CY19 global TTV of US$7.6 billion.Founded in 1946, T&T is a leading US travel management company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska with large scale operations across the globe. Its geographical footprint and sector exposure are highly complementary, adding US$2.5 billion to CTM’s North America CY19 TTV, as well as expanded operations in the UK, Germany and France.Radius Travel is a global network of corporate travel agencies in more than 100 countries and has a highly successful hotel program, offering highly competitive corporate rates across 44,000 hotels in 160 countries, to enhance CTM’s global hotel offering.Strong cultural alignment is a strategic driver of the acquisition alongside adding significant presence to CTM’s North American operations. For North American customers, the enlarged business offers an expanded and highly experienced team and technology suite, bolstered by CTM’s strengths in Europe and Asia Pacific. CTM comes into this in a very strong liquidity position with no debt, US$88 million of net cash and an undrawn committed facility of approximately US$127 million.T&T will be rebranded to CTM and the combined company will represent a common value proposition of personalized client service excellence and innovative client-facing technology delivering unparalleled return on investment for clients.T&T’s high-quality leadership team will combine with CTM in a seamless structure that will see Kevin O’Malley as CEO North America, Maureen Brady as COO alongside Josh Weiss as CFO and Tim Fleming as President and Integration lead.Integration is underway and will happen quickly due to the current reduced customer activity, allowing the combined business to emerge from COVID-19 in a strong competitive position.CTM founder and Managing Director, Jamie Pherous said, “We are excited to bring our two companies together under the CTM umbrella. Travel and Transport has an incredible reputation and a long history of success within the global travel industry, and we have shared views about delivering personalized service and proprietary technology to generate strong returns for clients on their travel investments.”Maureen Brady commented, “The acquisition will give CTM optimal scale in North America to create revenue synergies and new client benefits by leveraging increased buying power and the best of our technology, analytics and customer insights across the wider business. We very much look forward to working as a combined team to ensure our customers and employees receive the best benefits and greatest opportunities.”T&T CEO, Kevin O’Malley said, “Travel and Transport has been in business for 74 years, growing from a one-person operation in Omaha, Nebraska, to one of the largest corporate TMCs in the US.“We are excited about the opportunities for our people and our clients by becoming part of a growing, world-class TMC. We were very impressed with CTM’s technology, in particular the Lightning online booking tool, and CTM’s strength in the Asia pacific region. CTM will be a great place for our employees to call home.”
New Celestyal Experience ship to debut March 2021
Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, announces its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience. The ship’s first sailing of the 2021 season will be on March 06, with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary calling on Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt…
Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, announces its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience. The ship’s first sailing of the 2021 season will be on March 06, with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary calling on Greece (Athens and Rhodes), Turkey (Kusadasi), Israel (Ashdod), Egypt (Port Said) and Cyprus (Limassol).Beginning on April 03, 2021 the Celestyal Experience will set sail on the seven-night “Idyllic Aegean” itinerary visiting Athens, Rhodes, Crete (Agios Nikolaos), Santorini, Milos, Mykonos and Kusadasi (Ephesus).Later in the season, the Celestyal Experience will operate the “Eclectic Aegean” itinerary, a seven-night voyage which introduces the historical city of Thessaloniki, the gateway to the land of Alexander the Great, as a new embarkation port. In addition to the highlights of an overnight stay in Istanbul and the breathtaking ‘hanging monasteries’ of Meteora this exclusive itinerary also includes a visit to the site of Ancient Troy.The Celestyal Experience has a capacity of up to 1,800-guests in 789 staterooms, 166 of which feature balconies, sea terraces and bridge-view verandas. The Celestyal Experience which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment will offer an intimate onboard guest experience with all the warmth of traditional Greek hospitality. The ship is also well-suited for visiting smaller ports, a key differentiator for Celestyal, with destinations that remain off-limits to larger vessels.“This has been a challenging year for everyone. However, we are extremely optimistic about the future of travel and, especially of cruising. We are delighted with the addition of the Celestyal Experience to our fleet. This ship will be a game-changer for us, and we can’t wait to introduce her to our guests. The Celestyal Experience embodies Celestyal Cruises’ ’commitment to an intimate, authentically Greek experience onboard a contemporary, well-appointed, mid-sized cruise vessel. She will undoubtedly be instrumental in driving our continued growth,” said Celestyal Cruises’ CEO, Chris Theophilides.The Celestyal Experience features a range of experiences for guests of all ages including four restaurants, seven bars and lounges, two pools, two Jacuzzis, a beach club, sundeck and jogging track. Rounding out the Celestyal Experience will be nightly entertainment, a casino, library, meeting rooms, and onboard boutiques, all topped off with a unique, specialty wine and cheese bar that will serve as a tribute to Mediterranean wines and cheeses.Outstanding Panoramic Thalassotherapy SpaOne of the outstanding features of the Celestyal Experience is its expansive 47,300 square-foot panoramic spa spread across two decks, complete with a fully-equipped gym offering ocean views, thalassotherapy baths, massage rooms, saunas and a range of thermal suites. The impressive spa also includes a Japanese style tea parlor, which will feature a wide variety of rare teas including local remedial herb and mountain teas.A Suite ExperienceWith more suites onboard than the line’s other ships, the Celestyal Experience provides even the most discerning guests with a range of premium accommodation options. The ship features 166 suite category staterooms, 132 of which are junior suites, all with balconies, and 34 Suites, including 22 with balconies; six with bridge-view verandas and six Grand Suites boasting large sea terraces. Guests booking suites higher than junior suite categories on the Celestyal Experience will have access to the Celestyal Cruises Suite Concierge service, which features a dedicated priority check-in counter, expedited embarkation, an exclusive dining area onboard, and express luggage delivery service including assistance with unpacking. A dedicated Celestyal Cruises Suite Concierge is also available to assist guests with specific tailored service requests.Introducing A New Class of ‘Wellness’ StateroomsA Celestyal first, is the introduction of four new ’Wellness Spa’ stateroom categories with a variety of spacious balcony, sea terrace and veranda suite accommodation. Exclusive use of Deck 14 ensures the most serene and tranquil area of the ship. Complimentary and unlimited access to the wellness and spa area is included featuring relaxation options, most notably the thalassotherapy baths and thermal suites. The Wellness staterooms will also ensure priority access to specialty dining experiences and a new, exclusive Beach Club concept.New Island-Inspired Beach ClubThis adults-only outdoor area, dedicated to ’Suite’ and ‘Wellness’ class guests offers a tranquil atmosphere which can only be found at the best Greek island chill-out beach clubs. The Beach Club boasts attentive guest service all in the comfort of premium sunbeds and cabanas. It features a Jacuzzi perched on the stern with endless views across the ocean.The Mediterranean DietCelestyal is known for its locally-inspired and sourced cuisine created according to the Mediterranean Diet, acclaimed by global chefs, leading nutritionists and scientists alike. This will be a special highlight onboard the Celestyal Experience. Among the new dining venues will be a Greek grill & deli, featuring local favorites. Casual food featuring traditional recipes and locally-inspired pizzas prepared in an authentic wood-burning oven will also be on the ship’s menu. Premium tasting experiences featuring acclaimed Mediterranean wines, olive oils, cheeses and other featured specialties will be just one of the new concepts.Further innovative ‘experiential concepts’ on board, as well as special Launch Offers will be announced shortly, along with more insight behind the branding evolution and how the “Celestyal Experience” comes alive for guests both onboard and onshore.
Austin Adventures adds lineup of top Western guest ranch vacations
BILLINGS, MT – Challenging times call for creative solutions. Looking to expand its award-winning portfolio of naturally self-distancing, nature-based, small group vacations for adults and families, Austin Adventures only needed to look to its own backyard for the perfect solution – the Western guest ranch vacation.In partnership with Best Ranches in the West, Austin Adventures…
BILLINGS, MT – Challenging times call for creative solutions. Looking to expand its award-winning portfolio of naturally self-distancing, nature-based, small group vacations for adults and families, Austin Adventures only needed to look to its own backyard for the perfect solution – the Western guest ranch vacation.In partnership with Best Ranches in the West, Austin Adventures has added 14 first- class guest ranches to their lineup of offerings. Founder and President Dan Austin and his Montana-based team drew from their personal knowledge and regional experience having hosted and operated adventures throughout the West for the past 40 years. With careful vetting and personal experience, they have bestowed their highest mark of approval on each property in this exclusive group of all-inclusive guest ranches situated in some of the most spectacular settings in the West.In 2020, many North American guest ranches saw a surge of bookings from families needing to come up with safe alternatives to their cancelled cruise and international vacation plans. Austin recognized this trend early and in January began the steps to include ranch vacations in its 2021 line-up. It was, “a long overdue addition” in Austin’s words.Knowing safety will be top priority to today’s traveler, Austin emphasizes the natural and healthy style of this type of vacation alternative that also embraces carefully planned and recently enacted COVID-19 mitigation protocols:All are in wilderness-adjacent locations that are isolated and remoteChef-prepared, fresh and locally sourced foods and wines of the regionOpportunities to indulge in a variety of outdoor recreational activitiesThe natural social-distancing that horseback riding providesAdhering to the highest standards of housekeeping, service and maintenanceA rare feeling of exclusivity with VIP pampering, service and experiencesThe ability to combine a ranch stay with a road-trip to avoid flying Austin Adventures’ Guest Ranch Collection for 2021 will include these highly coveted ranch properties across the West: Tanque Verde Ranch – Tucson, AZWhite Stallion Ranch – Tucson, AZTombstone Monument Ranch – Tombstone, AZ Rancho de la Osa – Sasabe, AZKay El Bar Ranch – Wickenburg, AZLatigo Guest Ranch – Kremmling, COSylvan Dale Guest Ranch – Loveland COWestern Pleasure Guest Ranch – Sandpoint, IDRunning Y Ranch Resort – Klamath Falls, ORZion Mountain Ranch – Zion National Park, UTSpring Creek Ranch – Jackson, WYBrush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection – Saratoga, WYThe Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch – Shell, WYParadise Guest Ranch – Buffalo, WY “We look forward in the months ahead to welcoming to our portfolio other outstanding properties that meet our criteria,” Austin adds. The Guest Ranch Collection is expected to grow with the addition of one or two new offerings a year.