Intrepid DMC arrives in Colombia

Peak DMC is augmenting its Latin American portfolio with a new Bogotá-based operation.

Part of the Intrepid group, which claims to be the world’s largest adventure travel company, Peak DMC has announced the opening of its newest destination management company in Bogotá.

Continuing its mission to create and deliver sustainable, local travel experiences, this new operation adds to Peak DMC’s growing Latin American portfolio which recently embraced Santiago and Rio de Janeiro.

The investment in Colombia by the one of the world’s leading B2B experiential travel operators reflects the country’s sustained tourism growth since a peace deal was signed in 2016.

Leading the new Bogotá office is Hernán Acevedo, General Manager of Peak DMC in Colombia. A former chairman of Acotur, Colombia’s responsible tourism association, Acevedo has over a decade of experience in inbound travel in Colombia and is passionate about the power of tourism to transform the lives of local communities.

“Tourism represents a huge opportunity to change Colombia’s reputation by showcasing all the wonders of our country to visitors from all over the world. Colombians see tourism is a major avenue of growth, peace and prosperity,” said Acevedo.

Colombia is home to a rich cultural heritage, lively cities and pristine nature-based experiences, including national parks, wildlife, trekking and cycling. The New York Times, Forbes and other media have highlighted the country’s appeal as a new destination, helping to showcase its arrival on the international tourism agenda. This has led to an increase in international arrivals: in 2018 Colombia welcomed 4.3 million visitors, a 10.4% increase on 2017, according to figures from Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

Having set up the company’s first DMC in Vietnam in 2005, Natalie Kidd, Managing Director, Peak DMC applauded the new development, saying: “Colombia is an incredible destination and offers so many opportunities for our style of experiential travel. We very much look forward to growing sustainable travel to this wonderful country”.

Photo: Hernán Acevedo, General Manager, Peak DMC in Colombia