Australian company World Expeditions has acquired a majority holding in US-based tour operator, Adventure Travel West, to support its expanding client base in the US.
Based in Denver, Colorado, Adventure Travel West operates multi-day, small group active holidays in the Western US National Parks and Hawaii, including hiking, active sightseeing, adventure, wildlife, and off-road adventures. Adventure Travel West is also committed to sustainable travel and incorporates Leave No Trace principles across all its itineraries.
Paving the way for World Expeditions’ expansive reach into North America, World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, said: “We’ve been impressed by the quality and the variety of Adventure Travel West’s offering, the professionalism of its management and the calibre of its guiding team over many years.
“North America’s vast National Parks and little-known wild spaces make the West an inspiring backdrop for active adventures, and Adventure Travel West has an impressive array of authorised permits to operate guided walks in the renowned national parks of Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia Kings Canyon, Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante and Vermilion Cliffs to name a few,” she added.
This acquisition fits World Expeditions’ strategy to expand its operations up north, stemming from its long-time presence in Canada where the Ottawa office was established in the late ’90s with the Great Canadian Trails brand, and the recent launch of North America Active featuring a range of cycling and walking holidays.
“The buy-in of Adventure Travel West builds on this presence and will help us realise our goals of further expanding our ranges in several of our product areas. We will also be crafting some charity challenge programs to support our charity partners across the globe, through Huma, our charity brand,” said Badyari.
The World Expeditions Travel Group comprises 17 brands, including New Zealand’s Adventure South, Trail Journeys and Great Walks of New Zealand, as well as the Tasmanian Expeditions, Blue Mountains Adventure Company, Australian Walking Holidays, World Youth Adventures, and Australian Cycle Tours in Australia.