Yesterday I had a adventitious to accommodated Bruce Poon Tip, buyer and CEO of G.A.P Adventures, one of Canada’s a lot of acknowledged biking entrepreneurs. You may wonder, what is he like? Bruce is the buyer of Canada’s better adventitious biking company, an adorable man of about 37 years of age, dressed in accidental accoutrements and not abashed to allege off the cuff. Certainly a absorbing personality who was able to allure endure night’s accommodation army at the G.A.P. abstraction abundance in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.
In 1990 Bruce went on an organized backpacking cruise to Thailand area he had a adventitious to analyze the humans and the country on $10.00 a day. This acquaintance gave him the abstraction to actualize G.A.P Adventures, today Canada’s better adventitious biking aggregation that now sells bags of altered trips and annually sends 40,000 cartage on their own small-group adventures. G.A.P has about 300 advisers today, headquartered in Toronto, with operational offices in assorted countries of Latin America. It’s a lot of contempo endeavours are the G.A.P abstraction food which accept afresh been opened in high-traffic areas in Toronto and Vancouver, places area travellers can analysis their adventitious trip, get added admonition about their adapted destination and book their once-in-a-lifetime acquaintance accurate by acceptable admonition with no sales pressure.
For his ambitious adeptness Bruce has won abundant awards, besides accepting an accolade as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Bruce has been aswell been honoured as one of Canada’s top 5 entrepreneurs by Canadian Business as able-bodied as Canada’s 100 leaders of tomorrow. Profit Annual called him in their 20th ceremony affair awning chance as one of Canada’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the endure 20 years. Bruce aswell accustomed the Global Traders Leadership accolade from the government for his arena breaking account in exporting services.
Recently Bruce was asked by the Apple Bank and UNESCO to represent a aggregation to appointment the Peoples Republic Of China to address on Acceptable Development. In January of 2002 Bruce was the alone Canadian abettor arrive to allege at the United Nations Launch of the Year Of Eco Tourism in New York. Bruce defied the allowance already afresh endure year by acceptable Canada’s celebrated Entrepreneur of the Year, as able-bodied as the National Citation for Entrepreneurship.
G.A.P’s added awards cover accepting two trips called a part of the TOP 25 Adventures in the Apple by National Geographic Adventitious magazine, the Ethics in Action Award, the Global Traders Accolade and the Clean Air Commute Accolade for 5 beeline years.
Although a able business man, Bruce Poon Tip has a censor and he has founded his absolute entreprise on the abstraction of sustainability and accustomed biking practices that appearance application of accustomed ambience and bounded cultures. By attached the biking accumulation admeasurement to 12 people, by demography bounded busline and blockage in small, locally endemic hotels and guesthouses, G.A.P travellers are able to abbreviate their brand in adopted communities and get best acknowledgment to bounded culture.
Planeterra is a non-profit alignment founded by G.A.P to accord back. Today Planeterra raises funds for a amount of association projects, all-embracing charities and an award armamentarium to ensure abiding abutment of association development and attention projects for years to come. Some of the association projects that G.A.P sponsors through donations cover a association academy in Ecuador, a foundation in Honduras to advice women alpha their own businesses, an NGO in Costa Rica for ecology and wildlife attention projects, a bounded array recycling activity in Chile, a drop-in centermost for artery accouchement in Cuczo, Peru, and abounding more. G.A.P Adventures itself aswell accomplished a Women’s Aberrant Activity in Peru that accomplished bounded women age-old aberrant techniques as able-bodied as accustomed bolt dye processes. Today all G.A.P biking groups visiting the Sacred Valley in Peru accept a adventitious to see and acquirement top superior bolt produced by these weavers, all awash at fair barter prices.
As addition archetype of the bloom of his company, Bruce aggregate with us the chance of how he went out to acquirement the “Explorer”, the world’s aboriginal purpose-built campaign cruise ship. In March of 2004 Bruce went on an campaign cruise through the Antarctic and fell in adulation with the experience. He ample he charge to buy his own campaign cruise address and started searching for acceptable vessels. In April of 2004 he begin the “Explorer”, a celebrated campaign address with a accommodation of 112 cartage and a aggregation of 60 people. The address had been docked in Genoa, Italy, for abounding months due to the banking problems of its owners. Just addition 2 months later, but afterwards abounding complications, G.A.P took control of the ship. Alone addition 4 months later, afterwards all-encompassing restorations, the Explorer went on its countdown chance and today offers campaign cruises to such different places as Antarctica, the Amazon, Spitzbergen, and Greenland. (Incidentally, G.A.P. has agreed to sponsor our aboriginal Biking Chance Challenge and the admirable cost champ of our challenge will win an agitative adventitious cruise on the Amazon in the Explorer – all acknowledgment to G.A.P. Adventures.)
G.A.P’s avant-garde business account don’t end here. G.A.P aswell has a biking TV Show: Great Adventitious Humans TV shows admirers the apple – G.A.P Adventures style. The camera accompanies baby groups of G.A.P Adventitious travellers and follows them on different G.A.P. adventitious trips- cycling through the alluring country of Vietnam, exploring alien Morocco, and hiking, biking and rafting through arresting Spain and Italy. New episodes can be apparent in Canada on CTV and will anon aswell be accessible in Great Britain on the UK Biking Channel.
G.A.P is a different company, with a different aesthetics and a different way of operating. I am searching advanced to interviewing Bruce alone and to award out how he is able to amalgamate a acknowledged high-growth adventitious biking business with his adherence to amusing causes and acceptable travel. Stay acquainted for some absorbing insights into a ablaze ambitious mind….