Due to the continuing Covid-19 global pandemic, G Adventures has taken the necessary decision to further suspend all tours departing up to and including June 30, 2020.
All travelers booked and fully paid on a tour departing up to June 30, 2020 will receive a 110 percent travel credit on all booked tour services, including pre- and post-night accommodation and transfers, to be used on any tour departing up to two years from the end of the month of their tour’s suspension. Travelers who haven’t yet made their final payment will have their Lifetime Deposit kept on file to put towards a future tour.
“We are not suspending tours beyond June 30 as we wish to keep the door open in the event the current situation evolves in a way that enables us to travel again,” says the tour line in a press statement. “However, we do understand people may feel uncertain about traveling in the upcoming months, so we are offering travelers booked on tours departing up to Sept. 30, 2020 the option to transfer their booking to a future departure date for the same price. Alternatively, they can pay in full and receive a 110 percent travel credit for a future tour.
G Adventures is notifying all travelers regarding tour suspensions and advising travelers with flight bookings to contact their insurance/air providers for details on compensation.
Travelers and agents with questions are asked to contact our sales team by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planetaria Helps Local Communities
G Adventures’ non-profit partner, Planeterra Foundation, is releasing emergency grants to those most in need across their 85 projects, which supports the livelihoods of 65,000 individuals globally. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, halting the global tourism industry, local communities who rely on tourism for income are being severely impacted.
Planetaria is calling on travellers and organizations around the world to offer their support, by launching the “Turn Travel into Impact from Home” campaign, with the goal of raising $35,000 to help communities in immediate need. The campaign has already raised $15,000 in the past two weeks, allowing the non-profit to transfer grants to six of their partners to help support basic community needs, including food and medicine.
Among the first to receive funding is the AidChild Leadership Institute (ALI) in Uganda, which sees 50 percent of their operating budgets generated by their tourism initiatives, including a cafe and guesthouse rooms. The grant was allocated immediately to provide food for the 67 HIV-positive orphans in their care.
Despite facing hardship, many communities are demonstrating resilience, with project members utilizing their skills to offer support and services to others during the crisis. In China, the Jia Community Restaurant, which supports rural women and children by providing meaningful job opportunities, has transformed into a delivery and distribution center for masks and thermometers for nearby villages, while in Zambia the team at Tribal Textiles, which supports local artisans outside South Luangwa National Park, are using their workshop to sew 1,500 masks for local healthcare workers.
President of Planeterra, Jamie Sweeting, says that fragile communities need the support now more than ever to ensure they are protected and can continue to offer life changing experiences when travelers return in the future.
“Our global team is working overtime to support our projects, with grants to purchase food and medicine already going out to communities in Morocco, Belize, and Botswana.
We’re encouraged by projects that are helping one another and their communities, and we hope this fund will provide some relief and help to ensure jobs and organizations remain intact for when travelers inevitably return,” Sweeting says in a press statement.