Readying for the rebound, adventure travel specialist World Expeditions has set new Covid-19 prevention policies, including pre-departure screening of clients, and compulsory wearing of masks for all passengers when travelling on short-distance transfers in the company’s vehicles.
The new protocols, which build on World Expeditions’ existing safety and risk mitigation strategy, will be adopted initially by the company’s domestic brands, Australian Walking Holidays and Tasmanian Expeditions, as well as its New Zealand brands, Adventure South and Trail Journeys.
Stringent hand washing and sanitisation and regular disinfecting of all camp surfaces are long established practices on group trips, and will be complemented with participants being issued with individual sets of eating utensils throughout the entire trip, said World Expeditions in a statement.
Developed in consultation with World Expeditions Travel Group’s medical advisor, Ross Anderson, the new protocols include deep cleaning of vehicles, alongside heightened food preparation and serving protocols.
World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, said the company is following guidelines from its medical advisor as well as government advice to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness across all operations.
She added: “The enhanced strategy includes a new comprehensive response plan in the unlikely event a participant becomes unwell while on tour, along with common sense practices like physical distancing throughout the experience.
“Walking holidays are intrinsically safer because they are outdoor adventures, during which walkers spend almost every waking moment outside. Physical distancing in the outdoor landscapes is natural.”