Gay and lesbian adventure holidays launched

    TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Australian-headquartered Intrepid Travel has
spent almost 20 years introducing thousands of adventure travellers to dozens
of countries, always at a grass roots level. Its small groups - no more than
12 - travel off the beaten tourist path to spend time with local families,
ride local public transportation, and even contribute to local charities.
    Over the years, the company has carved out ten travel "styles", ranging
from Basix (for the backpacker who wants the fun and convenience of a guided
tour) to Comfort ("adventure travel with a soft landing each night") and
Family. And now the company is pleased to announce an eleventh style: OUT,
catering to Gay and Lesbian travellers.
    Canadian and gay-owned OUT Adventures Inc. and Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd,
one of the world's leading adventure tour operators have announced a strategic
partnership in which Intrepid Travel has secured a 20 per cent minority
interest in OUT Adventures.The partnership will allow OUT Adventures to offer
the gay and lesbian (LGBT) community a much more affordable real life travel
experience through Intrepid Travel, a company with almost 20 years experience
operating small group adventure tours.
    The trips will be closed groups and will be tailored specifically to meet
the needs of LGBT travellers and their friends and family. Gay and
gay-friendly leaders will run the trips that will deliver the travel
experiences Intrepid is renowned for: affordable real life experiences, always
with an eye to the environment and sustainability.
    "There are many companies offering high-end and luxury travel to this
market but few, if any, who offer affordable and grassroots travel. This is
where OUT Adventures and Intrepid Travel step in to offer gay and lesbian
travellers real life travel experiences to over 45 destinations around the
world," said Darrell Wade, CEO and Co-Founder of Intrepid Travel.
    OUT Adventures executive vice president and co-founder Robert Sharp adds,
"It's really a simple formula. We at OUT Adventures know the LGBT market, and
Intrepid Travel knows the small group adventure market. This strategic
partnership allows us to offer a safe, comfortable environment for our
passengers to get out and experience the real world."
    Travellers can choose from Active, Comfort, Family and a premium level of
travel, In Style that is new to Intrepid Travel and exclusive to LGBT
    Trips start at $840 Cdn plus airfare for the OUT Inca Trail Trip, Bike
and Raft trip and will be available through Intrepid Travel, OUT Adventures
and travel agents worldwide.
    Intrepid Travel staff are excited by what they see as an exciting
opportunity to join a growing and dynamic market.
    Recent research from the United States shows that 58 per cent of gays and
lesbians travelled internationally in 2007, taking an average of 3.5 trips
each. An overwhelming majority of 98 per cent indicated that an operator or
destination's gay-friendly reputation influenced their destination decision.
    "It was essential for us to partner with a company that knows and
understands the travel needs of the gay and lesbian community. We are proud to
be working with OUT Adventure's owners Steven Larkin and Robert Sharp to offer
the gay and lesbian community an exciting travel product," said Darrell Wade.
    To view the complete OUT Adventure product offering, visit

    About Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd.

    With almost 20 years of experience, Intrepid Travel is one of the world's
leading small group adventure tour operators. Intrepid takes around 80,000
travellers to over 90 countries worldwide, each and every year. Intrepid trips
are designed to go off the beaten track, meet the locals and travel in an
unconventional way, joining locals on their transport, in their markets and
even in their homes. Intrepid employs close to a thousand employees in nearly
20 countries worldwide.

    About OUT Adventures Inc.

    Toronto, Canada based OUT Adventures provides closed small group
adventures to the LGBT community with over 45 worldwide destinations. OUT
Adventures aims to be the authority for small group adventure travel to the
LGBT market by offering a more affordable, culturally engaging and
eco-friendly travel experience. OUT Adventures was founded by President Steven
Larkin and Executive Vice President Robert Sharp in early 2008 and is a proud
member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association and the Travel
Industry Council of Ontario. Visit for more information
and a complete product offering.

    Sample itineraries
    Note: Intrepid itineraries feature a local payment which is made directly
    to on-site suppliers ensuring payment reaches those who are providing the
    services in the most timely manner.

    ACTIVE - OUT Turkey Active - 8 Days
    Discover the historical heart of Turkey. Flex those muscles cycling
    through lush landscape, hike forgotten trails and kayak over sunken
    Lycian and Byzantine relics.
    PRICES (per person) excluding airfare
    CAD $920

    FAMILY - OUT Spain Family - 15 days
    Journey from Madrid to Cordoba sampling tasty tapas and famous paintings.
    Discover Spain's Moorish heart with the entire family.
    PRICES (per person excluding airfare)
    CAD $2460

    COMFORT - OUT South African Experience - 14 days
    Experience Kruger National park, the beautiful kingdoms of Swaziland and
    Mozambique and indulge in Cape Town, Cape Point and even a local winery.
    Special Pride (19Feb09) and New Years (17Dec09) departures
    PRICES (per person excluding airfare)
    CAD $3305

    INSTYLE - OUT Ancient Kingdom of Thailand - 7 days
    Golden rays bask you in the 'Land of a Thousand Smiles' as you seamlessly
    go from ancient temples and palaces to the latest fashion shopping.
    PRICES (per person excluding airfare)
    CAD $1345

For further information:

For further information: Steven Larkin, (416) 666-2686

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