Intrepid and Travel Corporation, including Contiki, making vaccinations compulsory for guests

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Intrepid, Contiki, Trafalgar and Insight Vacations are just some of the major tour companies that will require guests to be vaccinated.
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Two of the major tour operators in the Australian market will make vaccinations compulsory for guests.

The Travel Corporation (TTC), owner of Contiki, Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Inspiring Journeys and AAT Kings Guided Holidays, will require all travellers to be fully vaccinated by December 1, along with Australia and New Zealand based staff that deal with customers.

"We have sought and will continue to take advice, however put simply, it is the right thing to do," said TTC chief executive David Hosking. The company will also require guests on its trips in the US and Europe to be fully vaccinated from September 1.

TTC also announced it is suspending its tours of Australia and New Zealand until December, due to uncertainty around state border closures.

"The current operating environment has meant that most of our tours have been impacted by cancellations due to lockdowns and restrictions and we cannot deliver our usual high standard of guest experience," Mr Hosking said.

Meanwhile, travellers and tour leaders on escorted journeys overseas with Intrepid Travel will be required to be fully vaccinated from next month as part of a wider vaccine equity campaign by Australia's largest tourism company.

In an open letter this month, Intrepid's chief executive, James Thornton, said less than one per cent of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide had been delivered to low-income countries, a number that must be corrected to save lives, restart economies and rebuild the travel industry.

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