Former Magellan boss returns to travel industry with Intrepid

After a few years in hibernation, Andrew Macfarlane is back in the game, as MATT LENNON reports.

Highly experienced travel industry leader, Andrew Macfarlane, has been tempted out of retirement by Intrepid Travel, where he has taken up the role of Purpose Specialist for Australia and New Zealand.

Macfarlane is perhaps best known as having led the growth of the Magellan Travel Group for 10 years prior to its acquisition by Helloworld in 2018, during which time he helped the group amass a network of 125 agencies nationwide.

Intrepid Travel’s new Purpose Specialist, Andrew Macfarlane.

In his new role with Intrepid, Macfarlane has been tasked with advancing the company’s reputation as a trusted and recognised corporate purpose leader in Australia and New Zealand.

Intrepid Travel Managing Director, Brett Mitchell, said he was thrilled to have a leader with the calibre of Macfarlane take on the role of Purpose Specialist.

“With his experience and broad industry knowledge, we know he will help Intrepid reach our goal of becoming the most trusted and recognised corporate purpose leader in ANZ,” Mitchell said.

Macfarlane brings an extensive CV to his new role dating back to 1990 when he worked with STA Travel – a brand with which he rose through the ranks and relocated to Vancouver to help launch the brand in the Canadian market.

After returning to Australia in 2004, he worked a number of senior roles with Air New Zealand and Jetstar before landing at Magellan Travel Group in 2008.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to champion Intrepid’s purpose agenda within the region and am excited to work with like-minded people who aspire to make a positive difference to people and the planet as we explore the world,” Macfarlane said.

“I have long admired Intrepid’s purpose beyond profit model. Our alignment on purpose is what has drawn me out of retirement and to Intrepid, in particular, the focus on climate change, biodiversity and First Nations designed and led tourism.”

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