In response to an overwhelming number of requests from travellers wanting to help people impacted by the effects of the current pandemic, G Adventures has announced the creation of three separate funds to support its CEOs (chief experience officers, or tour guides), Inca Trail porters, cooks and horsemen, and local community projects that typically rely on tourism to survive and flourish.
The new CEO Wellbeing Fund enables travellers to express their gratitude by contributing to the people who have played a meaningful role in turning their trips into truly life-changing experiences. The fund has been created to promote the overall health, wellbeing and happiness of CEOs who may need financial support following an accident, natural disaster, or through illness or difficult circumstances. This long-term fund will be managed by G Adventures non-profit partner, Planeterra.
The Porters Support Fund has been established specifically for those Inca Trail porters, cooks and horsemen who have been unable to work due to the effects of Covid-19. This fund gives past travellers who have hiked the Inca Trail, Lares Trek, Salkantay Trail or Choquequirao Trek the opportunity to give back to the amazing team that makes these trips possible.
Lastly, the Planeterra Impact Fund has been created to help people at existing Planeterra projects (85 projects in more than 50 countries) which rely on travellers visiting to earn an income.
Bruce Poon Tip, the founder of G Adventures, is matching the first USD 50000 of donations to both the CEO Wellbeing and Planeterra Impact Funds. “These new funds represent our commitment to community tourism by offering the opportunity to make a positive change at a time we can’t do that through travelling,” he said.