All travellers and tour guides must be fully vaccinated to join the trips
G Adventures has introduced a “Vaccinated Tours” programme on which tour guides and travellers must be double-jabbed to join the trips.
The small group adventure travel operator is also introducing Travel-Ready tours where all travellers and guides must have either been fully vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within 96 hours prior to day one of the tour’s departure.
Travel-Ready tours were introduced to provide fair access to tourism employment opportunities for tour guides in destinations with slow vaccine roll-outs.
The operator is also helping tour guides to access vaccines in their home countries.
Of all the tours departing in October, 304 will be Vaccinated Tours and 64 will be Travel-Ready trips.
The new programmes were introduced following a G Adventures survey which revealed that 56 per cent of travellers thought that having a vaccinated tour guide was more important to them than their fellow travellers being vaccinated.
Jeff Russill, chief operating officer at G Adventures, said that while the company is prioritising the placement of vaccinated tour guides, they also want to continue with the company’s mission of changing lives through travel in as many countries as possible through community tourism.
He said: “By October we will have successfully and safely run close to 1,000 tours since September 2020 – more tours than any other operator – supporting employment and boosting the local economies of countries that are dependent on tourism, such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Morocco, Peru and Kenya.”
Russill said that more Vaccinated Tours would be added to the programme as more tour guides become vaccinated.
He added: “As a global operator, we also want to ensure travel equity for those travellers who haven’t been able to be vaccinated as yet due to their age and / or home country, as we have travellers from more than 160 countries join our trips. We expect vaccination rates to increase in most destinations later this year, and as they do we will be operating even more Vaccinated Tours.”
G Adventures already has a Travel with Confidence policy in place which saw the implementation of enhanced health, safety and physical distancing measures across all tours.
Vaccinated Tours include the eight-day Local Living Italy: Amalfi Coast trip, departing October 9, 2021, and costing from £1,269 per person.
Travel-Ready tours include the 15-day Egypt and Jordan Adventure, departing October 29, 2021, and priced from £2,179 per person.